Best Colleges for Physics

8,457

Graduates Per Year

$48K

Average Salary

#61

Most Popular Major

Students

Diverse

4.1/5

11.38% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

120

Natural Sciences

121

Physics

122

Health Care Administration

Racial Diversity

Asian

9%

1,191

Black

2%

225

Latino

8%

1,110

White

51%

6,768

Other

30%

3,945

Financial Diversity

0-30k

23%

64,904

30-48k

15%

41,453

48-75k

16%

44,567

75-110k

15%

41,878

110k +

32%

91,803

Geographic Diversity

In State

59%

150,531

Out State

31%

78,077

Int'l

10%

25,739

Gender Diversity

Male

78%

10,641

Female

22%

2,934

Physics Programs

32%

Most Racially Diverse

73%

Most Financially Diverse

#35

Most Geographically Diverse

Most Racially Diverse

Pomona College

Most Financially Diverse

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Most Geographically Diverse

Claremont McKenna College

Most Diverse Physics Programs

By State

MA

By Region

Far West

By Conference

New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference

STUDENTS

College is an exceedingly momentous period in one's life; it is a chance for individual growth and evolution. Undergraduates start to realize who they hope to be and forge many of the must-have skills to be a flourishing adult. But growth goes far beyond the classroom - the discussions which one has with their schoolmates, the life lesson gained from a tenured instructor, the exposure to a different interpretation of the situation. As such, a diverse student body tremendously enriches what you gain from your time in university.

Physics is a more ethnically diverse focus than average*. 51% of America's Physics majors are white students, followed by students of other races**(30%), asian students (9%), and latino students (8%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

In addition, Physics significatly skews male, with 78% of students majoring in Physics identifying as men. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.

Another critical type of diversity is economic diversity. Sadly, Physics is one of the US' least financially diverse subjects (Bottom 27%). 32% of its students come from high income homes, 16% are from middle income homes, and 23% grew up in households with a sub $30,000 income. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has the most fiscally diverse student body in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall MA is the most diverse state for Physics. The Far West 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: 9%
  • Black: 2%
  • Latino: 8%
  • White: 51%
  • Other: 30%
Gender Diversity
  • Male: 78%
  • Female: 22%
Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 23%
  • 30k - 48k: 15%
  • 48k - 75k: 16%
  • 75k - 110k: 15%
  • Over 110k: 32%
Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 59%
  • Out of State: 31%
  • International: 10%