In this week’s installment of CMCNumbers, we bring to you the demographic breakdown of the CMC student. You smart alecks might presume that you already know what we’re going to say: “CMC is mainly white dudes.” Well, the short answer is yes – statistically, there are a lot of white dudes. That said, the minority representation on our campus is actually higher than the national average in some cases. In certain ethnic groups, we have more diversity than the national as a whole – a feeling not always conveyed by some pictures on CMC’s website.
As for the “dudes” part, each CMC class for the last ten years has had more men then women (except the current junior class which is exactly even). We’ve compiled the data for the female-to-male ratio at CMC going back to 2000:
Despite zigzags in female representation after the millenium, the female-to-male ratio has remained relatively stable over the last ten years. The current freshman class has only a four-point deviation from 50-50 representation, showing significant progress compared to the class of 2001, where women made up 40 percent of their graduating class, and men, 60.
Next, we explore the breakdowns of ethnicity at CMC as compared to enrollment in California higher educational institutions on average, then compared to the national average for higher educational enrollment. Keep in mind, when perusing this data, that 160 students at CMC did not report their racial/ethnic background, and it’s presumed that a number of students in the state of California don’t identify as any race. This lack of data is not negligible, but the data we do have give an interesting view of CMC’s breakdown.
California’s average enrollment, as a state, leads the nation in the Asian and Hispanic demographic. So while CMC far surpasses the nation in its Asian population, it is under the California enrollment average. The Hispanic population, while strong in California, is underrepresented at CMC, both compared to the state and national averages. The Black demographic is underrepresented, with close to an eighth of the nation’s level of representation. And other minority groups, like American Indians and Pacific Islanders, are extremely rare as a national demographic, as well as at CMC – however, they are relatively well-represented in the state of California.
We wouldn’t expect that CMC’s ethnic demographics would exactly match California’s enrollment numbers since 39 percent of CMC’s students come from out-of-state (to be precise, from 45 states and 32 foreign countries) and many other institutions comprising the California average are state schools. Also interesting to note, as you can see in the graph above, CMC’s foreign population is four times as high as both the California and national enrollment averages.
The purpose of this article is not to investigate the reasons for these discrepancies, but rather to show the data from different sources and reports in an understandable format. Understanding the underlying reasons for these trends involves more analysis and investigation, but we won’t begin that investigation here. We welcome readers and students alike to contribute their thoughts on the interesting facts we’ve presented.