Diversity Makes a Difference
What do we mean when we refer to diversity in college?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". We use it today to describe an amalgamation of people, traditions, cultures and ideas.
With all of this in mind, what does 'diversity in college' mean?
Students who state that diversity in university is important to them are looking for institutions to offer 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 university in several ways. First, institutions should be making an effort to hire a varied faculty to nurture students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to promote substantial interaction between people from different backgrounds. This prevents faculty and students from self-segregating and encourages positive connections.
Get the Facts on Diversity at Appalachian State, Including how This School Compares to Others in the Country.
Very Good Diversity Overall
The overall diversity ranking is created by combining the results of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity.
Considered above average in terms of overall diversity, Appalachian State University is ranked #1,272 nationwide.
Lacking When It Comes to Ethnic Diversity
Many young people value the opportunity to meet and learn from others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, unfortunately, that may be difficult at this school.
Below average when it comes to ethnic diversity, Appalachian State University is ranked #2,150 in the nation.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Appalachian State
When available, the chart below also explores ethnic diversity among the faculty at Appalachian State.
Equal 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 Appalachian State University, the male to female student ratio is far higher than the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #515 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 7,506 males and 8,749 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Appalachian State
When available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Appalachian State's faculty, as well as students.
Representation from U.S. States is About Average
Would you prefer a college that recruits students from all across the United States, or would you prefer a local college that primarily pulls students from your home state?
In order to come up with the geographic diversity for each school, we took into account where every student resided before they attended college.
About 89.2% of the students attending Appalachian State University come from within North Carolina. This places Appalachian State at the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,203.
Explore Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 29 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Appalachian State
There is a small community of about 216 international students at Appalachian State University representing 29 countries. To see more, check out the Appalachian State International Student Page.
How Old is Everyone at This School?
Some students 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?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At Appalachian State University, 67.0% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Appalachian State #1,258 in the nation for student age diversity.
Explore Age Diversity at Appalachian State
Analyze the age range of Appalachian State undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Appalachian State doing at attracting and supporting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with great 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 Appalachian State is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Appalachian State?
Get in touch with the school to understand what they are doing to inspire diversity, and what student clubs, groups and associations are offered that encourage varied points of views on campus.