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2023 Materials Engineering Students

There are about 6,062 students enrolled in Materials Engineering in the USA.

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College can be a supremely impactful time of one's life; it is an occasion for personal growth and maturation. Students start to realize who they are as people and forge the required skills to become a successful member of society. But growth goes beyond a classroom - the late nights discussing Duchamp with a classmate, the life lesson gained from an old professor, the exposure to a different life experience. Therefore, a diverse college experience tremendously enhances what you gain from your time in university.

Materials Engineering is a more popular major for students of color than white students. 48% of the US' Materials Engineering majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(32%), asian students (11%), and latino students (7%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is University of California-Merced&nbspin Merced, CA.

In addition, Materials Engineering significatly skews male, with close to two thirds of students majoring in Materials Engineering identifying as men. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM.

Another critical type of diversity is wealth diversity. Materials Engineering ranks in the top 25% of programs for socioeconomic diversity. 28% of its majors come from households who earn north of $110,000 a year, 17% are from households with $48,000 to $75,000 annual incomes, and 24% grew up in low income homes. Boise State University is the most financially diverse institution in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall MA is the most diverse state for Materials Engineering. The New England is the most diverse region, and the New England Women's & Men's 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: 11%

  • Black: 2%

  • Latino: 7%

  • White: 48%

  • Other: 32%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 68%

  • Female: 32%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 24%

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 17%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 28%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 69%

  • Out of State: 25%

  • International: 7%

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