Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of buzzword among both college admissions officers and students 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 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 backgrounds and cultures.
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 West Point, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Nation.
Overall Diversity is Good
The overall diversity ranking is created by adding up individual factors of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity.
United States Military Academy is thought to be above average in overall diversity, and is ranked #727 nationwide.
Ranked Well for Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse college campuses offer students the chance to study and learn with with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
A ranking of #795 for ethnic diversity means United States Military Academy is above average nationally.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at West Point
This chart will also display the diversity of faculty at West Point when it is available.
Low Balance of Male and Female Students
If you're seeking a college with an equal number of male and female students, this isn't the choice for you.
At United States Military Academy, the male to female student ratio is below the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is mostly male.
This institution is ranked at #2,358 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 3,643 males and 771 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at West Point
If available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among West Point's faculty, as well as students.
Meet Students From All 50 States: Very High Geographic Diversity
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the U.S. and the world?
We've calculated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where matriculated undergraduates lived before they came to this school.
Less than 10% of the students attending United States Military Academy come from within New York. This puts West Point's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #15.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
Students attending West Point hail from all 50 states and Washington D.C.
Presence of International Students at West Point
There is a relatively small community of about 57 international students at United States Military Academy representing 15 countries. To see more, check out the West Point International Student Page.
Age Diversity on Campus
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 United States Military Academy, 77.3% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank West Point #1,466 in the nation for student age diversity.
West Point Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of West Point undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is West Point doing at supporting students from all financial 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 West Point is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to West Point?
Call the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student groups, clubs and associations are available that encourage diverse perspectives on campus.