Why Diversity is Important
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both college admissions officers and students alike. What does it mean to you?
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?
When most students seek diversity on campus, what they are actually looking for 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 cultures and backgrounds.
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 foster meaningful interactions between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Start now by Learning About Diversity at Anna Maria, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Country.
The Diversity Here is About Average
We come up with a total diversity ranking for every school by looking at racial, ethnic, age, geographic and gender diversity.
Anna Maria College is considered to be middle of the pack in overall diversity, and is ranked #1,284 nationwide.
Ethnic Diversity is Normal
Ethnically diverse college campuses allow students to get to know and study with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Anna Maria College is ranked #1,663 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body makeup that is pretty close to the national average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Anna Maria
This chart will also display the diversity of faculty at Anna Maria if it is available.
Male to Female Ratio is Fair
Are you seeking a campus with a fairly balanced mix of males to females?
At Anna Maria College, the male to female student ratio is above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #1,271 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 445 males and 663 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Anna Maria
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Anna Maria's faculty, as well as students.
Geographic Diversity is Normal
Are you seeking a college that recruits students from all across the U.S., or would you prefer a local college that mostly pulls students from within your home state?
To create the geographic diversity for each school, we factored in where every student resided before they were admitted.
About 62.7% of the students attending Anna Maria College come from within Massachusetts. This places Anna Maria at the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,214.
Research 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 Anna Maria
There is a relatively small community of about 6 international students at Anna Maria College representing 4 countries. To see more, check out the Anna Maria International Student Page.
What is the Age of 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 Anna Maria College, 42.2% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Anna Maria #132 in the nation for student age diversity.
Anna Maria Age Diversity Chart
The bar chart below displays the age range of the undergraduate student body at Anna Maria.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Anna Maria doing at attracting 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 Anna Maria is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Anna Maria?
Call the school to understand what they are doing to inspire diversity, and what student clubs, groups and associations are offered that encourage diverse perspectives on campus.