Diversity in College is Important
It is likely you've heard that diversity is critical to the full college experience, but what do we mean when we talk about diversity?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". We use it today to describe an amalgamation of peoples, traditions, cultures and ideas.
So, what are we striving for when we want to realize more diversity in college?
Students who state that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to provide 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 encouraged by the college in multiple ways. For one, institutions should be making an effort to hire a diverse faculty to teach students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to promote meaningful interactions between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents faculty and students from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Start now by Learning About Diversity at Albion, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Country.
The Diversity Here is About Average
We come up with a total diversity grade for every school by looking at racial, ethnic, age, gender and geographic diversity.
Albion College is considered to be middle of the pack in overall diversity, and is ranked #1,130 nationwide.
Ethnic Diversity is Average
Ethnically diverse schools allow students to get to know and learn with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
With a student body composition that is close to the national average, Albion College is ranked #1,981 when it comes to ethnic diversity.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Albion
If the data is available, the following chart will show Albion undergraduate student diversity.
Albion's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
If the data is available, the following chart will also show Albion faculty diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is below the national average.
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 Albion College, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Albion is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #4 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 688 males and 688 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Albion
When available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among Albion's undergraduate students.
When available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among Albion's faculty.
School Tends to Represent Students From Its Home State
Do you want a local school that primarily pulls local students? This could be a good option for you.
We've determined the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where undergraduates lived before they were admitted.
Over 90% of the students attending Albion College come from within Michigan. This puts Albion's level of geographic diversity below the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,520.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 11 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Albion
There is a medium sized community of about 43 international students at Albion College representing at least 13 countries. Check out the Albion International Student Page for more information.
How Old is Everyone at This School?
Some students 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 traditional student is between the ages of 18-22. At Albion College, 91.6% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Albion #2,940 in the nation for student age diversity.
Take a Look at Age Diversity at Albion
Analyze the age distribution of Albion undergraduates with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Albion doing at attracting and supporting students from all income levels?
Even a school with high ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the financial backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how Albion is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Albion?
What are you looking for when it comes to college diversity? Contact the school to see what type of support groups and clubs are offered to promote diverse perspectives.