Why Diversity Should Matter to You
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among 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.
How does this translate to the college experience?
Students who express that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to provide 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.
Diversity can be encouraged by the college in multiple ways. For one, institutions should be making an effort to hire a diverse faculty to engage students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to foster meaningful connections between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents faculty and students from becoming isolated and promotes positive connections.
Learn About Diversity at Illinois State, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the U.S..
Normal Diversity at This School
We come up with a total diversity grade for every school by looking at racial, ethnic, age, gender and geographic diversity.
Illinois State University is considered to be middle of the pack in overall diversity, and is ranked #1,371 nationwide.
Ethnic Diversity is Average
Ethnically diverse college campuses allow students to get to know and learn from others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Illinois State University is ranked #1,582 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is close to to the national average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at Illinois State
If available, the chart below will display ethnic diversity among the faculty at Illinois State.
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 Illinois State University, the male to female student ratio is far above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #688 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 8,179 males and 9,976 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Illinois State
If available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among Illinois State's faculty, as well as students.
School Tends to Attract Students From Its Home State
Do you want a local school that attracts local students? This could be a good option for you.
We've determined the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where accepted students lived before they were admitted.
Over 90% of the students attending Illinois State University come from within Illinois. This puts Illinois State's level of geographic diversity below the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,716.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 22 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Illinois State
There is a medium sized community of about 425 international students at Illinois State University representing at least 36 countries. Check out the Illinois State 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 blend of different ages and generations, or would you opt for a school where most students are the same age as you?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-22. At Illinois State University, 68.1% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Illinois State #1,268 in the nation for student age diversity.
Illinois State Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Illinois State undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- Is Illinois State 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 economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how Illinois State is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Illinois State?
What are you interested in when it comes to college diversity? Get in touch with the school to see what type of support groups and clubs are available to encourage unique perspectives.