Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both students and college admissions officers. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that rank high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
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Very High Overall Diversity
We combine elements of racial, geographic, age and gender diversity to create a total diversity ranking for every school.
Amherst College is thought to be very diverse across all factors, and is ranked #8 nationwide.
Good Representation of Many Races
Many young people value the chance to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
Amherst College is ranked #197 in ethnic diversity nationwide which is far above average.
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If the data is available, the following chart will show Amherst undergraduate student diversity.
Amherst boasts excellent racial diversity.
The racial diversity of the faculty is above average.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Amherst College, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Amherst is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #66 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 919 males and 936 females.
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When available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among Amherst's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Amherst is excellent.
When available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among Amherst's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Amherst is excellent.
Campus Filled with Students From All Over the U.S.
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the United States and the world?
We've come up with the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where students lived before they came to this school.
About 12.5% of the students attending Amherst College come from within Massachusetts. This puts Amherst's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #58.
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The undergraduate student body is split among 43 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Amherst
There is a medium sized community of about 151 international students at Amherst College representing at least 36 countries. Click on the Amherst International Student Page for more information.
What is the Age Diversity of the Students?
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" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At Amherst College, 87.3% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Amherst #3,910 in the nation for student age diversity.
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The chart below displays the age range of the student body at Amherst.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we refer to diversity in college?
Often when we speak of diversity, which is simply defined as "variety", what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of people of different ethnicities, races, cultures, religions and economic backgrounds. Students who say 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.
- How is Amherst doing at attracting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the income levels of their students. To get a better idea of how Amherst is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Amherst?
In order to achieve the most benefit from a diverse campus, seek out institutions that are not only promoting diversity by recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups actively, but are also encouraging an environment where there is positive interaction between different groups.
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