Why Diversity is Important
It is likely you have heard that diversity is critical to the full college experience, but what do we mean when we talk about diversity?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". Today we use it to describe an amalgamation of peoples, traditions, cultures and ideas.
So, what are we striving for when we want to realize more diversity in college?
Diversity can be a huge benefit to students, as it not only exposes them to new ways of thinking, it prepares them for the diverse workforce of tomorrow, in addition to inspiring creativity and innovation.
Diversity can be promoted by the college in multiple ways. For one, institutions should be making an effort to hire a diverse faculty to engage students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to foster meaningful interaction between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Learn About Diversity at Belmont, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the Country.
Pretty Good When it Comes to Diversity Overall
The overall diversity ranking is created by adding up individual factors of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity.
Considered above average in terms of overall diversity, Belmont University is ranked #476 nationwide.
Ethnic Diversity is Normal
Ethnically diverse schools allow students to get to know and study with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Belmont University is pretty average when it comes to ethnic diversity, being ranked at #1,984 in the country.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Belmont
If the data is available, the following chart will show Belmont undergraduate student diversity.
Belmont's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
The faculty's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
Male to Female Balance is On Par With National Averages
This may not be the best choice if you're seeking equal numbers of men and women.
At Belmont University, the disparity between men and women on campus is on par with the national average. The undergraduate student body at Belmont is mostly female.
This university is ranked at #1,477 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 2,287 males and 3,696 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Belmont
When available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among Belmont's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at Belmont University is on par with the national average.
When available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among Belmont's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Belmont is excellent.
Campus Filled with Students From All Over
Are you looking for a school where you can meet students from all over the United States and the world?
We've come up with the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where students lived before they came to this school.
About 25.0% of the students attending Belmont University come from within Tennessee. This puts Belmont's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #95.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 47 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Belmont
There is a relatively small community of about 98 international students at Belmont University representing 22 countries. To see more, check out the Belmont International Student Page.
What is the Age Range of the Students?
Some students prefer a campus filled with others who are the same age, while some prefer a diverse age range of students. What do you prefer?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At Belmont University, 65.8% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Belmont #2,364 in the nation for student age diversity.
Review Age Diversity at Belmont
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at Belmont.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Belmont doing at supporting and attracting students from all income levels?
Schools with excellent racial and ethnic diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how Belmont supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Belmont?
What are you interested in when it comes to college diversity? Get in touch with the school to see what type of clubs and support groups are available to inspire unique perspectives.