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2023 Physics Students

There are about 40,454 students enrolled in Physics in the USA.

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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&nbspin 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%

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