Why Diversity Should Matter to You
It’s quite possible you have 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.
So, what are we striving for when we want to see more diversity in college?
Diversity can be a huge benefit to students, as it not only exposes them to new ideas and ways of thinking, it prepares them for the diverse workforce of tomorrow, as well as inspires creativity and innovation.
Diversity can be encouraged by the college in several ways. First, 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 different backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and promotes positive connections.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at UC Berkeley, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Nation.
General Diversity is High
We combine factors of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to create a total diversity ranking for each school.
University of California - Berkeley is thought to be very diverse across all factors, and is ranked #66 nationwide.
Excellent Ethnic Diversity
Many students value the ability to meet and learn from different racial and ethnic groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
University of California - Berkeley is ranked #234 in ethnic diversity nationwide which is far above average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at UC Berkeley
This chart will also display the diversity of faculty at UC Berkeley when 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 University of California - Berkeley, 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 #285 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 12,989 males and 14,137 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at UC Berkeley
If available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among UC Berkeley'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 81.6% of the students attending University of California - Berkeley come from within California. This puts UC Berkeley's level of geographic diversity above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #374.
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 46 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at UC Berkeley
There is a relatively large community of about 6,078 international students at University of California - Berkeley representing at least 50 countries. For more complete information, see the UC Berkeley International Student Page.
Age Diversity Unknown
Some students may prefer to be surrounded by students from the same age range, while others seek perspectives from other age groups.
The traditional college student ranges in age from 18 to 22. We were able to determine the student body age distribution for most of the institutions in our database. However, we were not able to do so for University of California - Berkeley, as the information is not available.
Questions About Diversity
- Is UC Berkeley supporting and attracting learners from all income backgrounds?
Schools with otherwise excellent ethnic and location diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as economic backgrounds. Get a better idea of how UC Berkeley supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to UC Berkeley?
What are you interested in in regards to college diversity? Get in touch with the school to see what kind of clubs and support groups are around to inspire unique perspectives.