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2023 Philosophy Students

There are about 24,371 students enrolled in Philosophy in the USA.

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College can be a very constructive period in one's life; it is an occasion for individual growth and development. Students attempt to discover who they would like to become and learn many of the required skills to become a flourishing member of society. But growth is more than sitting in a classroom environment - the conversations which one has with her schoolmates, the personal lesson learned from an eccentric professor, the exposure to a different frame of reference. Therefore, a diverse student population tremendously enhances what you gain from your time at university.

Philosophy is a more racially diverse major than average*. 54% of the nation's Philosophy majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(19%), latino students (13%), and asian students (10%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is Swarthmore College located in Swarthmore, PA.

Secondly, Philosophy significatly skews male, with 64% of students majoring in Philosophy identifying as men. Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another significant type of diversity is class diversity. Unfortunately, Philosophy ranks in the bottom 21% of programs financial diversity. 33% of its students come from families with $110,000 plus annual incomes, 16% are from homes bringing in between $48,000 and $75,000 a year, and 22% grew up in homes that make below $30,000 a year. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the most financially diverse school in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall TN is the most diverse state for Philosophy. The Far West is the most diverse region, and the Pacific-12 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: 4%

  • Latino: 13%

  • White: 54%

  • Other: 19%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 64%

  • Female: 36%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 22%

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 14%

  • Over 110k: 33%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 57%

  • Out of State: 33%

  • International: 10%

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