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2023 English Language and Literature Students

There are about 129,058 students enrolled in English Language and Literature in the USA.

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College can be an exceedingly revelatory period of one's life; it is a time for individual growth and evolution. Undergrads start to ascertain what they wish to do with their lives and learn many of the must-have skills to be a prosperous member of society. But growth also happens outside a classroom environment - the late nights discussing Marx with a schoolmate, the life lesson learned from an old instructor, the exposure to a different interpretation of the situation. As such, a diverse univeristy experience greatly enhances what one gains from the time at university.

English Language and Literature is a slightly more racially diverse focus than average*. 61% of the US' English Language and Literature majors are white students, followed by latino students (18%), students of other races**(8%), and asian students (7%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is University of California-Irvine located in Irvine, CA.

Second, English Language and Literature significatly skews female, with 7/10 of students majoring in English Language and Literature identifying as women. Pomona College in Claremont, CA has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another important type of diversity is economic diversity. Unfortunately, English Language and Literature ranks in the bottom 31% of majors socioeconomic diversity. 32% of its majors come from households taking in north of $110,000 per year, 16% are from families taking in between $48,000 and $75,000 a year, and 23% grew up in homes earning below $30,000 a year. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the most fiscally diverse school in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall CA is the most diverse state for English Language and Literature. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the Pacific-12 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: 7%

  • Black: 5%

  • Latino: 18%

  • White: 61%

  • Other: 8%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 30%

  • Female: 70%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 23%

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 14%

  • Over 110k: 32%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 62%

  • Out of State: 30%

  • International: 9%

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