Why Diversity Matters
What do we mean when we refer to diversity in college?
Often when we speak of diversity, which is defined as "variety", what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of individuals of different ethnicities, races, cultures, beliefs and economic backgrounds.
So, what are we striving for when we want to see more diversity in college?
When most students seek diversity on a college campus, what they are actually seeking 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 multiple ways. For one, 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 meaningful connections between people from different backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from self-segregating and promotes positive connections.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at Abilene Christian, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Nation.
Above Average Diversity Overall
The total diversity grade is created by adding up results of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity.
Considered above average in terms of total diversity, Abilene Christian University is ranked #745 nationwide.
This School is Considered Greater Than Average in Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse schools offer students the ability to study and collaborate with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
A ranking of #1,136 for ethnic diversity means Abilene Christian University is above average nationally.
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The chart below will also display the diversity of faculty at Abilene Christian when it is available.
Male to Female Ratio is Pretty Even
Are you seeking a campus with a balanced blend of males to females?
At Abilene Christian University, the male to female student ratio is above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #1,048 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 1,561 males and 2,089 females.
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If available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among Abilene Christian's faculty, as well as students.
Representation from U.S. States is About Average
Are you seeking a college that recruits students from all across the U.S., or would you prefer a local college that mostly pulls students from within your home state?
In order to come up with the geographic diversity for each school, we looked at where every student lived before they were admitted.
About 89.6% of the students attending Abilene Christian University come from within Texas. This puts Abilene Christian's level of geographic diversity on par with the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #950.
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The undergraduate student body is split among 31 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Abilene Christian
There is a medium sized community of about 185 international students at Abilene Christian University representing at least 25 countries. Click on the Abilene Christian 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 blend of different ages and generations, or would you rather have a college where most students are the same age as you?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At Abilene Christian University, 66.6% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Abilene Christian #1,173 in the nation for student age diversity.
Abilene Christian Age Diversity Chart
The bar chart below shows the age range of the undergraduate student body at Abilene Christian.
Questions About Diversity
- Is Abilene Christian supporting learners from all income backgrounds?
Schools with otherwise excellent racial and ethnic diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as economic backgrounds. Get a better idea of how Abilene Christian supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Abilene Christian?
Call the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are available that encourage varied perspectives on campus.