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2023 Environmental Science Students

There are about 28,081 students enrolled in Environmental Science in the USA.

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College can be one of the most consequential periods of one's life; it's a chance for personal growth and maturation. Scholars attempt to capture who they dream to be and forge the necessary skills to be a successful member of society. But growth isn't confined to a classroom - the late nights discussing Robert Heinlein with a peer, the life lesson gained from a tenured instructor, the exposure to a different outlook. As such, a diverse student experience vastly improves what you gain from your time spent at school.

Environmental Science is a less ethnically diverse major than average*. 67% of America's Environmental Science majors are white students, followed by latino students (12%), students of other races**(11%), and asian students (8%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is San Jose State University located in San Jose, CA.

Furthermore, Environmental Science significatly skews female, with 59% of students majoring in Environmental Science identifying as women. Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another significant type of diversity is financial diversity. Sadly, Environmental Science is less socioeconomically diverse than 63% of majors in the US. 31% of its students come from families with $110,000 plus annual incomes, 16% are from homes with $48,000 to $75,000 annual incomes, and 23% grew up in households who earn south of $30,000 a year. Goshen College has the most financially diverse student body in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall CA is the most diverse state for Environmental Science. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the Mountain 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: 8%

  • Black: 2%

  • Latino: 12%

  • White: 67%

  • Other: 11%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 41%

  • Female: 59%

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

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 31%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 66%

  • Out of State: 27%

  • International: 7%

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