Diversity Makes a Difference
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 Colby, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Country.
Overall Diversity is Great
We combine elements of racial, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with a total diversity ranking for every school.
Ranked #79 in the nation, Colby College is considered extremely diverse.
This School is Considered Greater Than Average in Racial Diversity
Ethnically-diverse colleges offer students the opportunity to study and learn from undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
A ranking of #1,705 for ethnic diversity means Colby College is above average nationally.
Explore Racial Diversity at Colby
If available, the chart below explores racial diversity among the undergraduate students at Colby.
Colby ranks above average in racial diversity.
Average racial representation in the faculty.
Colby Gender Ratio is Balanced
If you desire a campus with a relatively equal balance of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Colby College, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Colby is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #373 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 951 males and 1,049 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Colby
If available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Colby's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Colby is excellent.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Colby's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Colby is excellent.
Campus Filled with Students From All Over the U.S.
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the U.S. and the world?
We've decided upon the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where matriculated undergraduates lived before they came to this school.
Less than 10% of the students attending Colby College come from within Maine. This puts Colby's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #97.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 36 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Colby
There is a medium sized community of about 198 international students at Colby College representing at least 31 countries. Go to the Colby International Student Page for more information.
Age Diversity on Campus
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 typical student is between the ages of 18-21. At Colby College, 78.2% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Colby #3,927 in the nation for student age diversity.
Colby Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at Colby.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we refer to diversity in college?
Largely speaking, diversity is the word we use to describe a mixture of people and ideas, and the traditions, belief systems and cultures that come with them. When most students seek diversity on campus, what they are actually looking for 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 Colby doing at supporting and attracting students from all income levels?
Schools with otherwise excellent ethnic and location diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how Colby supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Colby?
Diversity can be encouraged 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 promote meaningful interaction between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and promotes positive connections.
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