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2023 Social Work Students

There are about 151,128 students enrolled in Social Work in the USA.

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College is an extremely formative adventure in one's life; it's a time for individual growth and expansion. Undergraduates try to realize what they are capable of and cultivate the underlying skills to become a successful adult. But growth goes far beyond the classroom - the interactions one has with her schoolmates, the life lesson gained from a tenured instructor, the exposure to a different life experience. Therefore, attending a diverse college tremendously enriches what you gain from your time at college.

Social Work is a more racially diverse subject than average*. 55% of the nation's Social Work majors are white students, followed by latino students (20%), black students (17%), and students of other races**(5%). The most ethnically diverse college* in the top 100 is University of California-Berkeley located in Berkeley, CA.

Additionally, Social Work very highly skews female, more so 93% of subjects. 88% of students majoring in Social Work identify as women. University of California-Berkeley in Berkeley, CA has the most gender balanced student body in the top 100.

Another important type of diversity is wealth diversity. Social Work is fairly close to the median for economic diversity (41st percentile). 28% of its students come from very high income households, 16% are from homes with $48,000 to $75,000 annual incomes, and 26% grew up in households making less than $30,000 a year. University of North Carolina at Charlotte has the most financially diverse student body in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall HI is the most diverse state for Social Work. The Southwest 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: 4%

  • Black: 17%

  • Latino: 20%

  • White: 55%

  • Other: 5%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 12%

  • Female: 88%

    Socioeconomic Diversity (By Household Income)
  • Under 30k: 26%

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 15%

  • Over 110k: 28%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 71%

  • Out of State: 25%

  • International: 4%

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