Where Are the Minority Professors?

An examination of the demographics of more than 400,000 professors at 1,500 colleges shows where those of each rank, gender, race/ethnicity, and tenure status can be found.

On average, 75 out of every 100 full-time faculty members at four-year colleges are white. Five are black, and even fewer are Hispanic. But that’s not the whole story. Among the higher ranks and at certain types of institutions — say, small, private master’s universities — the faculty is even less diverse.

Using the drop-down menus below, you can find the racial and ethnic breakdowns of all types of professors and institutions. Click the bars to see which colleges employ the most faculty members in each group.

Hover over a bar for a summary - click for detailed information.Click a bar to show detailed information.
All Carnegie Classifications
Very-high-activity research universities
High-activity research universities
Research universities
Large master's universities
Medium master's universities
Smaller master's universities
Arts & sciences baccalaureate colleges
Diverse-field baccalaureate colleges
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Data are from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (Ipeds) and are for the 2013-14 academic year.


Faculty demographics represent professors at degree-granting, Title IV-compliant, four-year public and private nonprofit institutions in the 50 states and District of Columbia. The institutions are those categorized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as research, master’s, or baccalaureate. Ipeds treats Hispanics and nonresident aliens as mutually exclusive groups (a person who identifies as Hispanic can’t identify as anything else), and the categories are displayed above as such.

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