Why Diversity Matters
It’s quite possible you’ve heard that diversity is critical to the total college experience, but what do we mean when we talk about diversity?
Often when we speak of diversity, which is defined as "variety", what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of individuals of different ethnicities, cultures, races, beliefs and economic backgrounds.
How does this translate to the college experience?
When most students seek diversity on campus, what they are seeking is opportunities to express themselves and find community with others who believe the same way, as well as opportunities to learn from those from different backgrounds and cultures .
Diversity can be promoted by the college in several ways. For one, institutions should be making an effort to hire a diverse faculty to nurture students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to foster meaningful connections between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and promotes positive connections.
Learn About Diversity at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Nation.
The Very Best Overall Diversity
We combine factors of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with a total diversity grade for each school.
Quite diverse across all factors, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is ranked #276 nationwide.
This School is Considered Greater Than Average in Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse schools offer students the ability to study and collaborate with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are different from their own.
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo is ranked #707 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is above the national average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
This chart will also display the diversity of faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo if it is available.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a relatively equal balance of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, the male to female student ratio is far higher than the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #555 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 10,414 males and 8,832 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
If available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's faculty, as well as students.
Geographic Diversity is High
Would you prefer a school that attracts students from all across the U.S.? If so this may be a good option for you.
We took a look at where each of the school's admitted students lived before attending to come up with the geographic diversity grade.
About 83.5% of the students attending California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo come from within California. Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's rating of #631 makes it above average in this factor.
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 39 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
There is a relatively small community of about 380 international students at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo representing 39 countries. For all the details, go to the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo International Student Page.
How Old is Everyone at This School?
Some learners prefer a campus filled with others who are the same age, while some prefer a diverse age range of students. What do you prefer?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-22. At California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, 76.4% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Cal Poly San Luis Obispo #1,405 in the nation for student age diversity.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Age Diversity Chart
The bar chart below displays the age range of the undergraduate student body at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Cal Poly San Luis Obispo doing at supporting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with great 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 Cal Poly San Luis Obispo is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo?
Call the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are available that encourage varied points of views on campus.