Why Diversity is Important
What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". Today we use it to describe an amalgamation of peoples, traditions, ideas and cultures.
So, what are we striving for when we want to realize more diversity in college?
When most students seek diversity on 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.
Diversity can be promoted by the college in multiple ways. For one, institutions should be making an effort to hire a diverse faculty to nurture students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to encourage meaningful interactions between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents faculty and students from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Get Started Learning About Diversity at Hard Work U, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the United States.
The Diversity Here is About Average
We calculated a total diversity ranking for every school by looking at racial, ethnic, age, gender and geographic diversity.
Nothing too impressive or too negative when it comes to diversity, College of the Ozarks is about average ranked at #1,652.
Very Low Ethnic Diversity
It may be difficult for young people to meet and learn from student peers from different racial and ethnic backgrounds at this school.
College of the Ozarks is ranked #2,484 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far below the national average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Hard Work U
If the data is present, the following chart will show Hard Work U undergraduate student diversity.
Hard Work U is not ethnically diverse.
If the data is present, the following chart will also show Hard Work U faculty diversity.
The faculty at Hard Work U is not ethnically diverse.
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 College of the Ozarks, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Hard Work U is equally balanced.
This college is ranked at #408 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 677 males and 764 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Hard Work U
When available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Hard Work U's undergraduate students.
When available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Hard Work U's faculty.
Representation from U.S. States is About Average
Are you seeking a college that recruits 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 factored in where every student resided before they were admitted.
About 78.5% of the students attending College of the Ozarks come from within Missouri. This places Hard Work U at the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #1,432.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 10 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Hard Work U
There is a relatively small community of about 25 international students at College of the Ozarks representing 5 countries. For all the details, go to the Hard Work U International Student Page.
What is the Age of Everyone at This School?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a school where most students are the same age as you?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At College of the Ozarks, 78.0% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Hard Work U #2,839 in the nation for student age diversity.
Hard Work U Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the undergraduate student body at Hard Work U.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Hard Work U doing at attracting and supporting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the income levels of their students. To get a better idea of how Hard Work U is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Hard Work U?
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 available to encourage unique perspectives.