Best Colleges for Earth Sciences

6,574

Graduates Per Year

$56K

Average Salary

#70

Most Popular Major

Students

Average Diversity

3.7/5

2.41% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

206

Missionary Studies

207

Earth Sciences

208

Art History

Racial Diversity

Asian

5%

519

Black

2%

234

Latino

10%

1,047

White

65%

6,705

Other

18%

1,860

Financial Diversity

0-30k

23%

76,582

30-48k

15%

48,801

48-75k

16%

52,244

75-110k

15%

49,541

110k +

31%

100,410

Geographic Diversity

In State

67%

195,256

Out State

26%

75,293

Int'l

7%

21,459

Gender Diversity

Male

56%

5,934

Female

44%

4,695

Earth Sciences Programs

59%

Most Racially Diverse

55%

Most Financially Diverse

39%

Most Geographically Diverse

Most Racially Diverse

University of California-Irvine

Most Financially Diverse

Northland College

Most Geographically Diverse

University of Southern California

Most Diverse Earth Sciences Programs

By State

MD

By Region

Southwest

By Conference

Big West Conference

STUDENTS

College often can be an exceedingly momentous time of one's life; it is a chance for personal growth and maturation. Scholars attempt to capture what they can become and develop many of the required skills to be a prosperous adult. But growth is more than what one learns in a classroom environment - the late nights discussing Thoreau with a classmate, the funny story gained from a tenured instructor, the exposure to a different approach. Therefore, attending a diverse college tremendously enriches what one gains from the time at university.

Earth Sciences is a less ethnically diverse major than average*. 65% of the nation's Earth Sciences majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(18%), latino students (10%), and asian students (5%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is University of California-Irvine in Irvine, CA.

In addition, Earth Sciences slightly skews male, with 44% of majors identifying as men. Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another substantial type of diversity is income diversity. Earth Sciences ranks pretty close to the middle of the pack for class diversity (56th percentile). 31% of its majors come from homes who earn more than $110,000 a year, 16% are from middle income households, and 23% grew up in households that earn under $30,000 a year. Northland College is the most financially diverse institution in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall MD is the most diverse state for Earth Sciences. The Southwest is the most diverse region, and the Big West Conference is the most diverse conference.

* diversity calculations and comparisons are based on Simpson's Diversity Index
** other races is used to refer to non asian, black, latino, or white

Diversity Statistics

Racial Diversity
  • Asian: 5%
  • Black: 2%
  • Latino: 10%
  • White: 65%
  • Other: 18%
Gender Diversity
  • Male: 56%
  • Female: 44%
Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 23%
  • 30k - 48k: 15%
  • 48k - 75k: 16%
  • 75k - 110k: 15%
  • Over 110k: 31%
Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 67%
  • Out of State: 26%
  • International: 7%