Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both students and college admissions officers alike. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that rank high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
Learn About Diversity at Caltech, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the U.S..
This School has Superb Overall Diversity
We combine elements of racial, geographic, gender and age diversity to come up with a total diversity grade for every school.
Ranked #65 in the nation, California Institute of Technology is considered extremely diverse.
Good Representation of Many Races
Many students value the opportunity to meet and learn from different racial and ethnic groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
California Institute of Technology is ranked #518 in ethnic diversity nationwide which means it is well above average nationally.
Explore Caltech Racial Diversity
When available, the chart below will display racial diversity among the undergraduate students at Caltech.
Caltech boasts excellent racial diversity.
The racial diversity of the faculty is excellent.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you desire a campus with a relatively equal balance of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At California Institute of Technology, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Caltech is equally balanced.
This institution is ranked at #758 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 518 males and 430 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at Caltech
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among Caltech's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Caltech is excellent.
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among Caltech's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Caltech is above average.
Excellent Location Diversity From Across the United States
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the nation and the world?
We've decided upon the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where undergrads resided before they came to this school.
About 41.0% of the students attending California Institute of Technology come from within California. This puts Caltech's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #207.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 35 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at Caltech
There is a relatively large community of about 681 international students at California Institute of Technology representing at least 38 countries. To learn more, see the Caltech International Student Page.
What is the Age Range 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?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-21. At California Institute of Technology, 39.5% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Caltech #3,310 in the nation for student age diversity.
Caltech Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Caltech students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
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, beliefs and economic backgrounds. When most students seek diversity on a college campus, what they are actually seeking are opportunities to express themselves and find community with others who believe the same way, as well as opportunities to learn from those from different cultures and backgrounds.
- How is Caltech doing at supporting students from all financial backgrounds?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic, and location diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how Caltech is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Caltech?
In order to achieve the most benefit from a diverse campus, seek out institutions that are not only promoting diversity by recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups actively, but are also fostering an environment where there is positive interaction between different groups.
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