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2023 Environmental Studies Students

There are about 25,448 students enrolled in Environmental Studies in the USA.

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College can be a fabulously revelatory investment in one's life; it is an occasion for individual progress and development. Pupils begin to discover who they are and build many of the necessary skills to be a flourishing member of society. But growth is more than what one learns in a classroom environment - the late nights discussing Noam Chomsky with a peer, the wild anecdote received from an eccentric professor, the exposure to a different way of thinking. As such, finding a diverse college vastly enhances what you gain from your time in university.

Environmental Studies is a slightly more racially diverse major than average*. 63% of the nation's Environmental Studies majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(15%), latino students (12%), and asian students (8%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is University of California-Davis located in Davis, CA.

Second, Environmental Studies significatly skews female, with 62% of students majoring in Environmental Studies identifying as women. Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another significant type of diversity is wealth diversity. Sadly, Environmental Studies is one of the US' least financially diverse subjects (Bottom 20%). 33% of its majors come from very high income homes, 15% are from households with $48,000 to $75,000 annual incomes, and 23% grew up in low income homes. Allegheny College is the most economically diverse school in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall CA is the most diverse state for Environmental Studies. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the California Collegiate Athletic Association 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: 63%

  • Other: 15%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 38%

  • Female: 62%

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

  • 30k - 48k: 14%

  • 48k - 75k: 15%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 33%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 57%

  • Out of State: 34%

  • International: 9%

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