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2023 Economics Popularity

There are about 110,055 students enrolled in Economics in the USA.

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Economics is the 15th most popular degree in America, with 40,355 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #16 Mechanical Engineering, and narrowly lost to #14 Political Science and Government.

The degree is offered at a total of 788 colleges across the nation, and is the 25th most widely offered degree. Given that economics is offered at 92% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.

It is also worth noting that one out of two colleges offering economics are public making it a pretty accessible field.

The mid east produces the most economics graduates, largely led by University of Maryland-College Park, while it’s the Big Ten Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from University of California-Berkeley and University of California-Los Angeles.

All that being said, no individual school produces more economics graduates than Cochise County Community College District, which graduated 719 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study economics). More students studied economics as a percentage of total students at Claremont McKenna College than any other college.

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