Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be a buzzword with both students and college admissions officers . What does it mean to you?
Broadly speaking, diversity is the word we use to describe a mixture of people and ideas, and the traditions, belief cultures and systems that come with them.
So, what are we striving for when we want to realize more diversity in college?
Students who say that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to offer a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, religions and classes.
The college years provide a unique opportunity for students to have direct exposure to other backgrounds and cultures. Students should look for a college administration that is not only promoting diversity institutionally, but also fostering a climate where students can exchange differing ideas and perspectives in positive and meaningful ways.
Get Started Learning About Diversity at Cornell, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Country
Overall Diversity is High
We combine factors of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to come up with a total diversity grade for each school.
Ranked #16 in the nation, Cornell University is considered highly diverse.
Ethnic Diversity Here is Very Good
Many young people value the opportunity to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
Cornell University is ranked #217 in ethnic diversity nationwide which means it is well above average nationally .
Explore Ethnic Diversity at Cornell
If the data is present, the chart will also show Cornell faculty diversity.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Cornell University, 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 #101 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 7,024 males and 7,258 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Cornell
If available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Cornell's faculty, as well as students.
Meet Students From All 50 States: Very High Geographic Diversity
Are you looking for a school where you can meet students from all over the U.S. and the world?
We've caluclated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where matriculated undergraduates lived before they attended college.
About 35.8% of the students attending Cornell University come from within New York. This puts Cornell's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #93.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 50 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Cornell
There is a large community of about 4,384 international students at Cornell University representing at least 50 countries. For more complete information, see the Cornell International Student Page.
What is the Age Range of the Students?
Are you looking for a college where the student body represents a blend of different ages and generations, or would you rather have a college where most students are the same age as you?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-22. At Cornell University, 60.0% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Cornell #1,092 in the nation for student age diversity.
Explore Age Diversity at Cornell
Analyze the age distribution of Cornell undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- Is Cornell attracting and supporting learners from all backgrounds?
Schools with otherwise excellent racial and ethnic diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how Cornell supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Cornell?
What are you looking for when it comes to college diversity? Contact the school to see what type of support groups and clubs are offered to promote varied perspectives.