Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both college admissions officers and students alike. What does it mean to you?
Often when we speak of diversity, which is simply defined as "variety", what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of people of different ethnicities, races, cultures, beliefs and economic backgrounds.
How does this translate to the college experience?
When most students seek diversity on campus, what they are actually seeking are opportunities to express themselves and find community with others who believe the same way, as well as opportunities to learn from those from different cultures and backgrounds.
In order to achieve the most benefit from a diverse campus, seek out institutions that are not only promoting diversity by actively recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups, but are also promoting an environment where there is meaningful interaction between different groups.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at Abilene Christian, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Nation.
Above Average When it Comes to Diversity
The overall diversity ranking is created by adding up individual factors of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity.
Abilene Christian University is thought to be above average in overall diversity, and is ranked #745 nationwide.
Ranked Well for Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse colleges offer students the ability to study and learn from with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
A ranking of #1,136 for ethnic diversity means Abilene Christian University is above average nationally.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at Abilene Christian
If the data is available, the chart will also show Abilene Christian faculty diversity.
Male to Female Ratio is Fairly Even
Are you seeking a campus with a fairly balanced mix of males to females?
At Abilene Christian University, the male to female student ratio is above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #1,048 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 1,561 males and 2,089 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Abilene Christian
If available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Abilene Christian's faculty, as well as students.
Typical Location Diversity
Are you seeking a college that attracts students from all across the U.S., or would you prefer a local college that mostly pulls students from within your home state?
In order to come up with the geographic diversity for each school, we factored in where every student resided before they were admitted.
About 89.6% of the students attending Abilene Christian University come from within Texas. This puts Abilene Christian's level of geographic diversity about the same as the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #950.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 31 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Abilene Christian
There is a medium sized community of about 185 international students at Abilene Christian University representing at least 25 countries. Click on the Abilene Christian International Student Page for more information.
What is the Age Range of the Students?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a school where most students are the same age as you?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-22. At Abilene Christian University, 66.6% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Abilene Christian #1,173 in the nation for student age diversity.
Abilene Christian Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Abilene Christian undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Abilene Christian doing at supporting and attracting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the income levels of their students. To get a better idea of how Abilene Christian is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Abilene Christian?
Contact the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student clubs, groups and associations are available that encourage varied perspectives on campus.