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2023 Food Science Students

There are about 3,458 students enrolled in Food Science in the USA.

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College often is an especially significant period of one's life; it's a chance for individual growth and development. Students begin to figure out what they hope to become and cultivate many of the imperative skills to become a successful member of society. But growth also happens outside a classroom environment - the late nights discussing Descarte with a classmate, the life lesson gained from a tenured professor, the exposure to a different frame of reference. As such, a diverse univeristy experience greatly improves what you gain from your time spent at school.

Food Science is a more racially diverse focus than average*. 51% of the United States' Food Science majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(28%), asian students (9%), and latino students (8%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is California State Polytechnic University-Pomona located in Pomona, CA.

Second, Food Science significatly skews female, with 70% of students majoring in Food Science identifying as women. Washington State University in Pullman, WA has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another critical type of diversity is financial diversity. Food Science ranks fairly close to average for financial diversity (48th percentile). 31% of its majors come from households taking in north of $110,000 per year, 16% are from families with $48,000 to $75,000 annual incomes, and 22% grew up in low income families. University of Maine has the most economically diverse student body in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall FL is the most diverse state for Food Science. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the Big 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: 9%

  • Black: 4%

  • Latino: 8%

  • White: 51%

  • Other: 28%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 30%

  • Female: 70%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 22%

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 16%

  • Over 110k: 31%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 71%

  • Out of State: 23%

  • International: 6%

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