Best Colleges for History

25,943

Graduates Per Year

$43K

Average Salary

#22

Most Popular Major

Students

Average Diversity

3.9/5

5.92% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

170

Latin American and Caribbean Studies

171

History

172

Photography

Racial Diversity

Asian

6%

1,074

Black

4%

666

Latino

15%

2,595

White

64%

11,037

Other

11%

1,908

Financial Diversity

0-30k

23%

52,631

30-48k

15%

33,772

48-75k

16%

36,069

75-110k

14%

32,905

110k +

32%

74,163

Geographic Diversity

In State

57%

110,284

Out State

32%

62,384

Int'l

10%

19,338

Gender Diversity

Male

56%

9,903

Female

44%

7,929

History Programs

56%

Most Racially Diverse

74%

Most Financially Diverse

#25

Most Geographically Diverse

Most Racially Diverse

Swarthmore College

Most Financially Diverse

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Most Geographically Diverse

Claremont McKenna College

Most Diverse History Programs

By State

IL

By Region

Far West

By Conference

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

STUDENTS

College is a fabulously poignant period in one's life; it is a chance for personal progress and expansion. Undergrads begin to figure out what they are capable of and learn the imperative skills to be a prosperous adult. But growth goes far beyond the classroom - the late nights discussing Jane Austen with a schoolmate, the funny story learned from a tenured instructor, the exposure to a different life experience. Therefore, finding a diverse college tremendously improves what you gain from your time spent in school.

History is a slightly more racially diverse focus than average*. 64% of America's History majors are white students, followed by latino students (15%), students of other races**(11%), and asian students (6%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA.

Second, History slightly skews male, with a touch above 3 in every 7 majors identifying as men. Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another significant type of diversity is financial diversity. Sadly, History ranks in the bottom 26% of subjects financial diversity. 32% of its students come from families bringing in above $110,000 a year, 16% are from homes that make between $48,000 and $75,000 a year, and 23% grew up in homes taking in under $30,000 a year. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the most financially diverse institution in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall IL is the most diverse state for History. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic 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: 6%
  • Black: 4%
  • Latino: 15%
  • White: 64%
  • Other: 11%
Gender Diversity
  • Male: 56%
  • Female: 44%
Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 23%
  • 30k - 48k: 15%
  • 48k - 75k: 16%
  • 75k - 110k: 14%
  • Over 110k: 32%
Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 57%
  • Out of State: 32%
  • International: 10%