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.
Nothing abnormal, Anna Maria College is about average ranked at #1,321.
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 pretty average when it comes to ethnic diversity, being ranked at #1,482 in the country.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Anna Maria
If the data is present, the following chart will show Anna Maria undergraduate student diversity.
Anna Maria's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
If the data is present, the following chart will also show Anna Maria faculty diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is below the national average.
Comparable to National Averages When it Comes to Balance of Male and Female Students
This may not be the best choice if you're seeking equal numbers of men and women.
At Anna Maria College, the disparity between men and women on campus is on par with the national average. The undergraduate student body at Anna Maria is mostly female.
This college is ranked at #1,364 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 445 males and 683 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Anna Maria
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Anna Maria's undergraduate students.
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Anna Maria's faculty.
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 68.9% 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 #1,394.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 10 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 4 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, 42.9% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Anna Maria #240 in the nation for student age diversity.
Anna Maria Age Diversity Chart
The 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.