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?
When most students seek diversity on campus, what they are 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 backgrounds and cultures.
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.
The Diversity Here is About Average
We come up with an overall diversity ranking for each school by looking at racial, ethnic, age, geographic and gender diversity.
Appalachian State University is thought to be pretty typical in overall diversity, and is ranked #1,184 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 #2,175 in the nation.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Appalachian State
If the data is present, the following chart will display Appalachian State undergraduate student diversity.
Appalachian State's ethnic diversity is below the national average.
The faculty at Appalachian State is not ethnically diverse.
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 disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Appalachian State is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #510 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 7,511 males and 8,779 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Appalachian State
When available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Appalachian State's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Appalachian State is excellent.
When available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Appalachian State's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Appalachian State is excellent.
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.
Over 90% 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 #1,127.
Explore Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 33 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 169 international students at Appalachian State University representing 24 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?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At Appalachian State University, 67.0% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Appalachian State #2,456 in the nation for student age diversity.
Explore Age Diversity at Appalachian State
Analyze the age range of Appalachian State students with the following 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.