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2023 Liberal Arts and Sciences Students

There are about 2,263,015 students enrolled in Liberal Arts and Sciences in the USA.

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College is a very productive time of one's life; it is a chance for individual growth and maturation. Undergrads start to discover their calling and build many of the underlying skills to be a prosperous adult. But growth goes beyond a classroom environment - the discussions which one has with their classmates, the funny story gained from an eccentric instructor, the exposure to a different way of thinking. Therefore, a diverse student experience tremendously enhances what one gains from the time at college.

Liberal Arts and Sciences is a more popular subject among students of color than white students. 49% of the nation's Liberal Arts and Sciences majors are white students, followed by latino students (23%), asian students (10%), and students of other races**(10%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign&nbspin Champaign, IL.

Furthermore, Liberal Arts and Sciences significatly skews female, with roughly 7/10 of students majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences identifying as women. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is University of Evansville in Evansville, IN.

Another important type of diversity is income diversity. Liberal Arts and Sciences ranks somewhere near average for economic diversity (55th percentile). 30% of its majors come from families who earn more than $110,000 per year, 16% are from homes who take home between $48,000 and $75,000 a year, and 25% grew up in households who earn under $30,000 a year. Ball State University is the most socioeconomically diverse college in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall HI is the most diverse state for Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Mid East is the most diverse region, and the Western 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: 10%

  • Black: 7%

  • Latino: 23%

  • White: 49%

  • Other: 10%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 31%

  • Female: 69%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 25%

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 14%

  • Over 110k: 30%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 69%

  • Out of State: 26%

  • International: 5%

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