Diversity Makes a Difference
It is quite possible you have 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 individuals of different ethnicities, races, cultures, beliefs and economic backgrounds.
How does this translate to the college experience?
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, as well as inspires creativeness 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 teach students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to encourage meaningful interactions between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and helps bring about positive connections.
Start now by Learning About Diversity at Boston College, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the U.S..
Excellent Overall Diversity
We combine elements of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with a total diversity ranking for every school.
Ranked #83 in the nation, Boston College is considered extremely diverse.
Campus is Higher Than Average in Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically-diverse schools offer students the chance to study and learn with undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
A ranking of #1,053 for ethnic diversity means Boston College is above average nationally.
Explore Boston College Ethnic Diversity
This chart will display the diversity of undergraduate students at Boston College when it is available.
Boston College ranks above average in ethnic diversity.
The faculty's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you desire a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Boston College, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Boston College is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #429 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 4,580 males and 5,290 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at Boston College
Where available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Boston College's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Boston College is excellent.
Where available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Boston College's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Boston College is excellent.
Excellent Location Diversity Across the United States
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the nation and the world?
We've calculated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where undergrads resided before they came to this school.
About 25.2% of the students attending Boston College come from within Massachusetts. This puts Boston College's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #83.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 47 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at Boston College
There is a relatively large community of about 1,564 international students at Boston College representing at least 46 countries. To learn more, see the Boston College International Student Page.
What is the Age Diversity of the Students?
Some college 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?
Traditionally, students range in age from 18 to 21. At Boston College, 61.6% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Boston College #1,874 in the nation for student age diversity.
Boston College Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at Boston College.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Boston College 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 Boston College is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Boston College?
What are you looking for when it comes to college diversity? Contact the school to see what kind of support groups and clubs are around to encourage diverse perspectives.