Why Diversity is Valuable
It's likely you have heard that diversity is important to the total university experience, but what do we mean when we speak about diversity?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". Today we use it to describe a mixture of people, traditions, ideas and cultures.
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 varied workforce of tomorrow, as well as inspires creativity and innovation.
In order to achieve the most benefit from diversity on campus, seek out schools that are not only promoting diversity by recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups actively, but are also promoting an environment where there is meaningful interaction between different groups.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at The American University, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Nation.
General Diversity is High
We combine factors of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with an overall diversity grade for each school.
American University is considered to be highly diverse across all factors, and is ranked #94 nationwide.
Ranked High in Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse schools offer students the opportunity to study and collaborate with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are different from their own.
A ranking of #693 for ethnic diversity means American University is above average nationally.
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If the data is present, the chart will also display The American University faculty diversity.
Male to Female Ratio is Pretty Even
Would you prefer a nice mix of males and females on campus?
At American University, the male to female student ratio is above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is predominantly female.
This university is ranked at #1,501 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 2,944 males and 4,762 females.
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If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among The American University's faculty, as well as students.
Meet Students From All 50 States: Very High Geographic Diversity
Are you looking for 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 attended college.
Less than 10% of the students attending American University come from within District of Columbia. This puts The American University's level of geographic diversity far above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #11.
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 49 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at The American University
There is a large community of about 1,454 international students at American University representing at least 49 countries. For more complete information, see the The American University International Student Page.
Age Diversity Unknown
Some students may prefer to be surrounded by learners from the same age range, while others seek perspectives from other generations.
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. We were able to determine the student body age distribution for most of the schools in our database. Sadly, we were not able to do so for American University, as the information is not available.
Questions About Diversity
- Is The American University attracting and supporting learners from all economic backgrounds?
Schools with otherwise excellent racial and ethnic diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how The American University supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to The American University?
Call the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student groups, clubs and associations are available that encourage diversified points of views on campus.