Diversity Makes a Difference
What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". Today we use it to describe an amalgamation of people, traditions, cultures and ideas.
How does this translate to the university experience?
Students who state that diversity in university 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, classes, and religions.
Diversity can be promoted by the university in several ways. First, institutions should be making an effort to hire a varied faculty to teach students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to promote substantial interactions between people from different backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from self-segregating and encourages positive connections.
Get the Facts on Diversity at UC Berkeley, Including how This School Compares to Others in the Country.
Excellent Overall Diversity
We combine factors of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with an overall diversity ranking for each school.
Highly diverse across all factors, University of California - Berkeley is ranked #66 nationwide.
Ethnic Diversity Here is Excellent
Many college students value the chance to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is more possible at a diverse institution such as this one.
University of California - Berkeley is ranked #234 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far above the national average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at UC Berkeley
The chart below will also display the diversity of faculty at UC Berkeley if it is available.
Equal Balance of Male and Female Students
If you desire 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.
Review Male/Female Diversity at UC Berkeley
When available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among UC Berkeley's faculty, as well as students.
Above Average Location Diversity
Would you prefer a college that attracts students from all across the United States? 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 create the geographic diversity rank.
About 81.6% of the students attending University of California - Berkeley come from within California. UC Berkeley's rating of #374 makes it above average in this factor.
Explore Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 46 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at UC Berkeley
There is a large community of about 6,078 international students at University of California - Berkeley representing at least 50 countries. For more information, see the UC Berkeley International Student Page.
Age Diversity Unknown
Some students may prefer to be surrounded by learners in the same age range, while others seek input from other generations.
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. For most of the colleges within our database, we were able to determine the age distribution of the undergraduate student body. Sadly, we were not able to do so for University of California - Berkeley, as the information is not available.
Questions About Diversity
- How is UC Berkeley doing at supporting and attracting students from all financial backgrounds?
Even a school with great ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how UC Berkeley is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to UC Berkeley?
Get in touch with the school to understand what they are doing to inspire diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are offered that encourage diverse points of views on campus.