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2023 Foreign Languages and Literatures Students

There are about 10,021 students enrolled in Foreign Languages and Literatures in the USA.

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College can be an especially impactful period of one's life; it is an occasion for individual progress and development. Undergraduates attempt to ascertain who they hope to become and learn many of the underlying skills to become a prosperous member of society. But growth goes far beyond a classroom environment - the conversations one has with his schoolmates, the nugget of wisdom learned from an old professor, the exposure to a different view. As such, a diverse student population tremendously improves what one gains from the time spent in school.

Foreign Languages and Literatures is a slightly more ethnically diverse subject than average*. 57% of the nation's Foreign Languages and Literatures majors are white students, followed by latino students (26%), students of other races**(10%), and black students (5%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is George Mason University&nbspin Fairfax, VA.

Furthermore, Foreign Languages and Literatures significatly skews female, with 71% of students majoring in Foreign Languages and Literatures identifying as women. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.

Another significant type of diversity is financial diversity. Foreign Languages and Literatures is more financially diverse than 87% of subjects. 29% of its majors come from families earning less than $30,000 a year, 17% are from households who take home between $30,000 and $48,000 a year, and 23% grew up in homes earning north of $110,000 per year. University of Alabama in Huntsville has the most socioeconomically diverse students in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall NY is the most diverse state for Foreign Languages and Literatures. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the University 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: 3%

  • Black: 5%

  • Latino: 26%

  • White: 57%

  • Other: 10%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 29%

  • Female: 71%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 29%

  • 30k - 48k: 17%

  • 48k - 75k: 17%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 23%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 79%

  • Out of State: 18%

  • International: 3%

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