Why Diversity is Important
Diversity can be somewhat of buzzword among both students and college admissions officers 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, ideas and cultures.
How does this translate to the college experience?
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 nurture students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to encourage meaningful connections between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Learn About Diversity at Augustana Rock Island, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the United States.
Overall Diversity is Good
The total diversity grade is created by combining the individual factors of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity.
Ranked #1,080 nationwide, Augustana College Illinois is above average in overall diversity.
Fairly Typical in Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically diverse colleges allow students to get to know and study with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Augustana College Illinois is ranked #1,641 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body makeup that is similar to the national average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Augustana Rock Island
When available, the chart below will display ethnic diversity among the faculty at Augustana Rock Island.
Male to Female Ratio is Fair
Are you seeking a campus with a fairly balanced mix of males to females?
At Augustana College Illinois, 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 #1,075 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 1,048 males and 1,449 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Augustana Rock Island
When available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among Augustana Rock Island's faculty, as well as students.
Normal Location Diversity
Are you seeking a college that attracts students from all across the U.S., or would you prefer a local college that mostly pulls students from within your home state?
To come up with the geographic diversity for each school, we looked at where every student lived before they were admitted.
About 82.2% of the students attending Augustana College Illinois come from within Illinois. This places Augustana Rock Island at the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,053.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 23 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
How Old is Everyone at This School?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a school where most students are the same age as you?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At Augustana College Illinois, 92.4% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Augustana Rock Island #1,506 in the nation for student age diversity.
Augustana Rock Island Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Augustana Rock Island undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Augustana Rock Island doing at supporting and 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 Augustana Rock Island is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Augustana Rock Island?
Contact the school to understand what they are doing to inspire diversity, and what student clubs, groups and associations are offered that encourage varied perspectives on campus.