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2023 Mechanical Engineering Students

There are about 102,231 students enrolled in Mechanical Engineering in the USA.

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College is an extremely meaningful time in one's life; it is a time for personal growth and maturation. Scholars begin to figure out who they are and build the essential skills to be a prosperous member of society. But growth is not simply found in the classroom - the campus dialogue, the life lesson received from an old instructor, the exposure to a different position. As such, a diverse student population vastly improves what you gain from your time spent in university.

Mechanical Engineering is a slightly more ethnically diverse major than average*. 55% of the nation's Mechanical Engineering majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(24%), asian students (10%), and latino students (9%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is University of Houston&nbspin Houston, TX.

Secondly, Mechanical Engineering skews very male, more so 95% of subjects. 82% of students majoring in Mechanical Engineering identify as men. Franklin W Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another critical type of diversity is financial diversity. Sadly, Mechanical Engineering ranks in the bottom 30% of subjects wealth diversity. 32% of its majors come from households with $110,000 plus annual incomes, 16% are from mid-income homes, and 23% grew up in low income homes. The University of Texas at Dallas has the most fiscally diverse students in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall CA is the most diverse state for Mechanical Engineering. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the 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: 2%

  • Latino: 9%

  • White: 55%

  • Other: 24%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 82%

  • Female: 18%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 23%

  • 30k - 48k: 14%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 32%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 64%

  • Out of State: 28%

  • International: 8%

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