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.
In order to achieve the most benefit from a diverse campus, seek out institutions that are not only promoting diversity by actively recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups, but are also fostering an environment where there is positive interaction between different groups.
Learn About Diversity at Bridgewater, 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 #777 nationwide, Bridgewater College is above average in overall diversity.
Fairly Normal in Ethnic Diversity
Ethnically diverse college campuses allow students to get to know and learn with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.
With a student body composition that is close to or the same as the national average, Bridgewater College is ranked #1,242 when it comes to ethnic diversity.
Explore Bridgewater Ethnic Diversity
This chart will display the diversity of undergraduate students at Bridgewater when it is available.
Bridgewater's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is below the national average.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a relatively equal balance of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Bridgewater College, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Bridgewater is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #439 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 876 males and 1,006 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at Bridgewater
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Bridgewater's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Bridgewater is excellent.
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Bridgewater's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Bridgewater is excellent.
Representation from U.S. States is About Average
Are you seeking a college that attracts students from all across the U.S., or would you prefer a local college that mostly pulls students from within your home state?
To create the geographic diversity for each school, we looked at where every student lived before they were admitted.
About 69.4% of the students attending Bridgewater College come from within Virginia. This makes Bridgewater an average school when it comes to this factor and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,206.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 15 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at Bridgewater
There is a relatively small community of about 25 international students at Bridgewater College representing 5 countries. For all the details, go to the Bridgewater International Student Page.
What is the Age Diversity of the Students?
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 18-21. At Bridgewater College, 87.5% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Bridgewater #2,689 in the nation for student age diversity.
Bridgewater Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at Bridgewater.
Questions About Diversity
- Is Bridgewater supporting students from all income backgrounds?
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 Bridgewater is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Bridgewater?
What are you interested in when it comes to college diversity? Get in touch with the school to see what kind of support groups and clubs are around to encourage unique perspectives.