How is Diversity Important to You?
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 people of different ethnicities, races, cultures, beliefs and economic backgrounds.
How does this translate to the college experience?
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.
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 encouraging diversity institutionally, but also fostering a climate where students can exchange differing perspectives and ideas in meaningful and positive ways.
Learn About Diversity at Caltech, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the U.S..
Overall Diversity is Great
We combine elements of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to come up with a total diversity grade for every school.
Ranked #92 in the nation, California Institute of Technology is considered extremely diverse.
High Ethnic Diversity
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 #409 in ethnic diversity nationwide which means it is well above average nationally.
Explore Caltech Ethnic Diversity
When available, the chart below will display ethnic diversity among the undergraduate students at Caltech.
Caltech boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is excellent.
Male/Female Ratio Could Improve
This may not be the best choice if you're seeking equal numbers of men and women.
At California Institute of Technology, the disparity between men and women on campus is on par with the national average. The undergraduate student body at Caltech is equally balanced.
This institution is ranked at #1,123 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 579 males and 400 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 disparity between the counts of men and women at California Institute of Technology is on par with the national average.
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 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 29.2% 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 #126.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 38 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 668 international students at California Institute of Technology representing at least 35 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, 41.3% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Caltech #2,123 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
- 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?
Call the school to learn about what they are doing to improve diversity, and what student groups, clubs and associations are present that encourage diversified perspectives on campus.