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2023 Near and Middle Eastern Studies Students

There are about 731 students enrolled in Near and Middle Eastern Studies in the USA.

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College can be a particularly formative time in one's life; it's a time for personal progress and evolution. Undergraduates start to ascertain what they can become and forge the requisite skills to become a prosperous member of society. But growth is not confined to a classroom environment - the late nights discussing Jane Austen with a peer, the wild anecdote learned from a tenured instructor, the exposure to a different view. As such, attending a diverse college tremendously improves what one gains from the time spent in university.

Near and Middle Eastern Studies is a less ethnically diverse focus than average*. 69% of the US' Near and Middle Eastern Studies majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(15%), latino students (7%), and asian students (6%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is Cornell University located in Ithaca, NY.

Second, Near and Middle Eastern Studies significatly skews female, with close to 55.5% of students majoring in Near and Middle Eastern Studies identifying as women. Brown University in Providence, RI has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another significant type of diversity is economic diversity. Unfortunately, Near and Middle Eastern Studies ranks in the bottom 22% of subjects income diversity. 32% of its majors come from families with $110,000 plus annual incomes, 16% are from households earning between $48,000 and $75,000 a year, and 24% grew up in homes with a sub $30,000 yearly income. University of Utah has the most financially diverse student body in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall AZ is the most diverse state for Near and Middle Eastern Studies. The Southwest is the most diverse region, and the Big Twelve 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: 7%

  • White: 69%

  • Other: 15%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 44%

  • Female: 56%

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

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 13%

  • Over 110k: 32%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 56%

  • Out of State: 35%

  • International: 9%

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