Why Diversity is Important
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.
With all of this in mind, what does 'diversity in college' mean?
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.
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 encourage meaningful interactions between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents faculty and students from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Get Started Learning About Diversity at Amherst, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the U.S..
The Very Best Overall Diversity
We combine elements of ethnic, 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 #6 nationwide.
Ethnic Diversity Here is Excellent
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 #119 in ethnic diversity nationwide which is far above average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Amherst
If the data is available, the following chart will show Amherst undergraduate student diversity.
Amherst boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
When available, the chart below will display ethnic diversity among the faculty at Amherst.
The faculty's ethnic diversity is on par with the national 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 male to female student ratio is far above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #52 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 891 males and 904 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Amherst
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
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 12.9% 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 #63.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 40 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 173 international students at Amherst College representing at least 31 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?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At Amherst College, 88.7% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Amherst #2,897 in the nation for student age diversity.
Review Age Diversity at Amherst
The chart below displays the age range of the undergraduate student body at Amherst.
Questions About Diversity
- 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?
What are you looking for when it comes to college diversity? Contact the school to see what type of support groups and clubs are around to promote unique perspectives.