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?
When most students seek diversity on a college campus, what they are seeking are 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.
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 #121 nationwide.
Ranked High in Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse schools offer students the opportunity to study and learn with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are different from their own.
American University is ranked #728 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is above the national average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at The American University
The chart below will display the diversity of undergraduate students at The American University when it is available.
The American University ranks above average in ethnic diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is above average.
Male-to-Female Ratio Below Average
If you're seeking a school with an equal mix of male and female students, this may not be the choice for you.
At American University, the disparity between men and women on campus is higher than the national average. The undergraduate student body at The American University is predominantly female.
This university is ranked at #1,514 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 2,953 males and 4,947 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at The American University
If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among The American University's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at American University is higher than the national average.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female ratio among The American University's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at The American University is excellent.
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 #17.
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 47 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 1,348 international students at American University representing at least 49 countries. For more complete information, see the The American University International Student Page.
What is the Age Diversity of the Students?
Some learners prefer a campus filled with others who are a similar age to them, while some prefer a wide age range of students. Which is best for you?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-21. At American University, 52.7% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank The American University #1,536 in the nation for student age diversity.
The American University Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age range of The American University students with the following chart.
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.