Why Diversity is Important
What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
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 see more diversity in college?
Students who state that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to offer 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 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 connections between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Learn About Diversity at Bethel College, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the Country.
Overall Diversity is Good
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, Bethel College is ranked #837 nationwide.
Ranked Well for Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse colleges offer students the opportunity to study and collaborate with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
Bethel College is ranked #738 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is above the national average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Bethel College
If the data is present, the following chart will show Bethel College undergraduate student diversity.
Bethel College ranks above average in ethnic diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is above average.
Good 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 Bethel College, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Bethel College is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #467 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 26 males and 29 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Bethel College
When available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among Bethel College's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Bethel College is excellent.
When available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among Bethel College's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Bethel College is above average.
School Tends to Represent Students From Its Home State
Do you want a local school that attracts local students? This could be a good choice for you.
We've derived the location diversity of each school by looking at where undergraduates lived before they were admitted.
About 80.0% of the students attending Bethel College come from within Virginia. This puts Bethel College's level of geographic diversity below the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,621.
International Student Diversity at Bethel College
We wanted to tell you more about the international students on campus, but this data is not available.
What is the Age Diversity 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. However, this college appears to attract a majority of older students. At Bethel College, 16.4% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Bethel College #101 in the nation for student age diversity.
Bethel College Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Bethel College students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Bethel College doing at supporting and attracting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the income levels of their students. To get a better idea of how Bethel College is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Bethel College?
Call the school to understand what they are doing to inspire diversity, and what student clubs, groups and associations are offered that encourage diversified perspectives on campus.