How is Diversity Important to You?
It is likely you've heard that diversity is critical to the college experience, but what do we mean when we discuss the topic of diversity?
Often when we speak of diversity, which is simply defined as "variety", what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of people of different ethnicities, races, cultures, religions and economic backgrounds.
So, what are we striving for when we want to see more diversity in college?
Diversity can be a huge benefit to students, as it not only exposes them to new ideas and ways of thinking, it prepares them for the diverse workforce of tomorrow, as well as inspires innovation and creativity.
The college years provide a unique opportunity for students to have direct exposure to other cultures and backgrounds. Students should look for a college administration that is not only promoting diversity institutionally, but also fostering an atmosphere where students can exchange differing ideas and perspectives in positive and meaningful ways.
Learn About Diversity at Belhaven, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the Country.
Pretty Good When it Comes to Diversity Overall
The total diversity grade is created by adding up individual factors of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity.
Ranked #687 nationwide, Belhaven University is above average in overall diversity.
Campus is Above Average in Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse college campuses offer students the ability to study and collaborate with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
A ranking of #935 for ethnic diversity means Belhaven University is above average nationally.
Explore Belhaven Ethnic Diversity
This chart will display the diversity of undergraduate students at Belhaven if it is available.
Belhaven ranks above average in ethnic diversity.
The faculty's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
Low Balance of Male and Female Students
If you're seeking a college with an equal amount of male and female students, this is not the choice for you.
At Belhaven University, the disparity between men and women on campus is higher than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Belhaven is mostly female.
This university is ranked at #1,651 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 938 males and 1,776 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at Belhaven
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among Belhaven's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at Belhaven University is higher than the national average.
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among Belhaven's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Belhaven is excellent.
Higher Than Average Chance your Roommate Will be From Another State
Would you prefer a school that attracts students from all across the U.S.? If so this may be the school for you.
We examined where each of the school's admitted students lived before attending to come up with the geographic diversity rating.
About 40.2% of the students attending Belhaven University come from within Mississippi. Belhaven's rating of #442 puts it above the national average.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 25 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at Belhaven
There is a relatively small community of about 81 international students at Belhaven University representing 18 countries. For all the details, go to the Belhaven International Student Page.
Age Range on Campus
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?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. However, this university appears to attract a majority of older students. At Belhaven University, 12.8% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Belhaven #303 in the nation for student age diversity.
Belhaven Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at Belhaven.
Questions About Diversity
- Is Belhaven supporting students from all economic backgrounds?
Schools with higher than average racial and ethnic diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as income levels. Get a better idea of how Belhaven supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Belhaven?
Get in touch with the school to learn about what they are doing to promote diversity, and what student groups, clubs and associations are present that encourage varied perspectives on campus.