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2023 Ethnic Studies Students

There are about 6,723 students enrolled in Ethnic Studies in the USA.

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College is one of the more poignant periods of one's life; it's a time for individual growth and development. Undergraduates start to find out who they can be and develop many of the requisite skills to be a halcyon member of society. But learning isn't confined to a classroom environment - the campus dialogue, the life lesson learned from an eccentric instructor, the exposure to a different worldview. Therefore, attending a diverse college vastly improves what one gains from the time at university.

Ethnic Studies is a more popular major for students of color than white students. It has the 3rd highest share of latino students. 52% of the nation's Ethnic Studies majors are latino students, followed by asian students (15%), white students (13%), and students of other races**(10%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is Santa Clara University&nbspin Santa Clara, CA.

Moreover, Ethnic Studies skews very heavily female, more so in the neighborhood of 85.7% of subjects. 80% of students majoring in Ethnic Studies identify as women. University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder, CO has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another significant type of diversity is wealth diversity. Ethnic Studies is more financially diverse than 70% of subjects. 27% of its majors come from homes who make over $110,000 a year, 17% are from mid-income homes, and 26% grew up in families who make below $30,000 a year. University of Oregon is the most socioeconomically diverse college in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall CO is the most diverse state for Ethnic Studies. The Rocky Mountains is the most diverse region, and the Ivy League 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: 15%

  • Black: 9%

  • Latino: 52%

  • White: 13%

  • Other: 10%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 20%

  • Female: 80%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 26%

  • 30k - 48k: 16%

  • 48k - 75k: 17%

  • 75k - 110k: 13%

  • Over 110k: 27%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 67%

  • Out of State: 26%

  • International: 6%

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