Why Diversity Should Matter to You
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword with students and college admissions officers alike . What does it mean to you?
Largely speaking, diversity is the word we use to describe a mixture of people and ideas, and the traditions, belief systems and cultures that come with them.
How does this translate to the college experience?
When most students seek diversity on a college campus, what they are looking for 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 encouraged by the college in several ways. First, institutions should be making an effort to hire a varied faculty to nurture students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to foster substantial connections between people from different backgrounds. This prevents faculty and students from self-segregating and promotes positive connections.
Learn About Diversity at Illinois State, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Nation
Normal Diversity at This School
We calculated a total diversity ranking for each school by looking at racial, ethnic, age, gender and geographic diversity.
Nothing too out of the ordinary, Illinois State University is about average with a ranking of #1,371.
Ethnic Diversity is Average
Ethnically diverse schools allow students to meet and learn with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Illinois State University is ranked #1,582 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a composition that is similar to the national average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at Illinois State
If the data is available, the chart will also show Illinois State faculty diversity.
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 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 percentage among Illinois State's faculty, as well as students.
School Tends to Attract Students From Its Home State
Do you want a local college that primarily pulls students from within Illinois ? This could be a good choice for you.
We've derived the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where undergraduates lived before they attended college.
Over 90% of the students attending Illinois State University come from within Illinois. This means Illinois State is below average in geographic diversity with a ranking of #1,716.
Explore 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 mid sized group of about 425 international students at Illinois State University representing at least 36 countries. Click on the Illinois State International Student Page for more information.
How Old is Everyone at This School?
Are you looking for a college where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you rather have a college where most students are about your own age?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 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 income 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 Illinois State is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Illinois State?
What are you trying to find when it comes to college diversity? Speak to the school to see what kind of clubs and support groups are around to stimulate unique perspectives.