Best Colleges for Natural Sciences

852

Graduates Per Year

$56K

Average Salary

#227

Most Popular Major

Students

Diverse

4.1/5

11.38% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

119

Design and Visual Communications

120

Natural Sciences

121

Physics

Racial Diversity

Asian

5%

54

Black

5%

51

Latino

42%

441

White

42%

438

Other

6%

66

Financial Diversity

0-30k

38%

16,679

30-48k

19%

8,245

48-75k

15%

6,848

75-110k

11%

4,751

110k +

18%

7,937

Geographic Diversity

In State

77%

19,628

Out State

20%

5,139

Int'l

3%

648

Gender Diversity

Male

38%

420

Female

62%

672

Natural Sciences Programs

29%

Most Racially Diverse

94%

Most Financially Diverse

86%

Most Geographically Diverse

Most Racially Diverse

Loyola Marymount University

Most Financially Diverse

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Most Geographically Diverse

Loyola Marymount University

Most Diverse Natural Sciences Programs

By State

CA

By Region

Far West

By Conference

West Coast Conference

STUDENTS

College is one of the most poignant times in one's life; it is a chance for individual progress and maturation. Undergraduates begin to learn who they are as people and forge many of the underlying skills to become a thriving adult. But growth is more than sitting in a classroom - the late nights discussing Marx with a schoolmate, the wild anecdote gained from a tenured instructor, the exposure to a different worldview. Therefore, a diverse student experience greatly enriches what one gains from the time spent in university.

Natural Sciences is a more popular focus among students of color than white students. It has the 7th biggest share of latino students. 42% of America's Natural Sciences majors are latino students, followed by white students (42%), students of other races**(6%), and asian students (5%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is Loyola Marymount University located in Los Angeles, CA.

Moreover, Natural Sciences significatly skews female, with around 5/8ths of students majoring in Natural Sciences identifying as women. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is Shorter University in Rome, GA.

Another substantial type of diversity is financial diversity. Unfortunately, Natural Sciences is one of the nation's least socioeconomically diverse subjects (Bottom 6%). 38% of its students come from homes with a sub $30,000 annual income, 18% are from homes taking in more than $110,000 a year, and 19% grew up in households earning between $30,000 and $48,000 a year. University of Nebraska at Omaha has the most economically diverse students in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall CA is the most diverse state for Natural Sciences. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the West Coast 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: 5%
  • Black: 5%
  • Latino: 42%
  • White: 42%
  • Other: 6%
Gender Diversity
  • Male: 38%
  • Female: 62%
Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 38%
  • 30k - 48k: 19%
  • 48k - 75k: 15%
  • 75k - 110k: 11%
  • Over 110k: 18%
Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 77%
  • Out of State: 20%
  • International: 3%