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2023 Sociology Students

There are about 128,836 students enrolled in Sociology in the USA.

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College often is an exceedingly impactful time of one's life; it's a chance for individual growth and maturation. Scholars attempt to discover what they want to do with their lives and build many of the imperative skills to be a halcyon adult. But learning goes beyond a classroom - the discussions one has with her classmates, the personal lesson learned from an eccentric professor, the exposure to a different worldview. Therefore, a diverse campus greatly enriches what you gain from your time at university.

Sociology is the 3rd most diverse subject *. It has the 10th largest share of white students. 35% of America's Sociology majors are white students, followed by latino students (33%), students of other races**(12%), and asian students (11%). The most racially diverse college* in the top 100 is Rice University located in Houston, TX.

Secondly, Sociology significatly skews female, with 73% of students majoring in Sociology identifying as women. The most gender balanced school in the top 100 is University of Chicago in Chicago, IL.

Another substantial type of diversity is economic diversity. Sociology is close to the median for socioeconomic diversity (58th percentile). 29% of its students come from high income homes, 16% are from homes with $48,000 to $75,000 annual incomes, and 26% grew up in households with a sub $30,000 annual income. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the most economically diverse institution in the top 100.

Considering each type of diversity, overall NY is the most diverse state for Sociology. The Mid East is the most diverse region, and the Conference USA 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: 11%

  • Black: 9%

  • Latino: 33%

  • White: 35%

  • Other: 12%

    Gender Diversity
  • Male: 27%

  • Female: 73%

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

  • 30k - 48k: 15%

  • 48k - 75k: 16%

  • 75k - 110k: 14%

  • Over 110k: 29%

    Geographic Diversity
  • In State: 63%

  • Out of State: 29%

  • International: 9%

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