Diversity Makes a Difference
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword with students and university 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 people, traditions, ideas and cultures.
With all of this in mind, what does 'diversity in college' mean?
When most students seek diversity on a college 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.
In order to achieve the most benefit from diversity on campus, seek out schools that are not only promoting diversity by actively recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups, but are also encouraging an environment where there is meaningful interaction between different groups.
Get Started Learning About Diversity at Bates, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the United States.
This School has Excellent Diversity Overall
We combine factors of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to create an overall diversity grade for each school.
Highly diverse across all factors, Bates College is ranked #83 nationwide.
Ethnic Diversity is Normal
Ethnically diverse college campuses allow students to meet and learn with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Bates College is ranked #1,453 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body makeup that is similar to the national average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Bates
When available, the chart below also explores ethnic diversity among the faculty at Bates.
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 Bates College, the male to female student ratio is far above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #56 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 879 males and 894 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Bates
When available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among Bates' faculty, as well as students.
Campus Filled with Students From All Over
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the United States and the world?
We've calculated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where students lived before they attended college.
About 11.0% of the students attending Bates College come from within Maine. This puts Bates' level of geographic diversity far above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #82.
Explore Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 40 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Bates
There is a mid sized group of about 122 international students at Bates College representing at least 31 countries. Check out the Bates International Student Page for more information.
How Old is Everyone at This School?
Are you looking for a college where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a college where most students are about your own age?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At Bates College, 92.9% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Bates #1,522 in the nation for student age diversity.
Review Age Diversity at Bates
Analyze the age range of Bates undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- Is Bates supporting and attracting students from all backgrounds?
Schools with excellent ethnic and location diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how Bates supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Bates?
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.