Diversity Makes a Difference
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 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.
The college years provide a unique opportunity for students to have direct exposure to other backgrounds and cultures. Students should look for a college administration that is not only promoting diversity institutionally, but also fostering a climate where students can exchange differing perspectives and ideas in meaningful and positive ways.
Learn About Diversity at Bentley, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the Nation.
Pretty Good When it Comes to Overall Diversity
The overall diversity ranking is created by adding up individual factors of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity.
Ranked #454 nationwide, Bentley University is above average in overall diversity.
Ethnic Diversity is About Average
Ethnically diverse schools allow students to get to know and learn from others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Bentley University is ranked #1,479 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body makeup that is pretty close to the national average.
Explore Bentley Ethnic Diversity
If the data is present, the following chart will show Bentley undergraduate student diversity.
Bentley's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
The faculty's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
Male/Female Ratio Could Improve
This may not be the best choice if you're seeking equal numbers of men and women.
At Bentley University, the disparity between men and women on campus is on par with the national average. The undergraduate student body at Bentley is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #1,220 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 2,499 males and 1,704 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at Bentley
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Bentley's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at Bentley University is on par with the national average.
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Bentley's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Bentley 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 took a look at where each of the school's admitted students lived before attending to come up with the geographic diversity rank.
About 42.1% of the students attending Bentley University come from within Massachusetts. Bentley's rating of #290 puts it above the national average.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 34 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at Bentley
There is a relatively large community of about 1,252 international students at Bentley University representing at least 46 countries. To learn more, see the Bentley International Student Page.
Age Diversity on Campus
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you opt for a school where most students are the same age as you?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-22. At Bentley University, 68.6% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Bentley #2,381 in the nation for student age diversity.
Bentley Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the undergraduate student body at Bentley.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Bentley doing at supporting students from all income levels?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic, and location diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the financial backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how Bentley is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Bentley?
Get in touch with the school to learn about what they are doing to improve diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are present that encourage diversified perspectives on campus.