Diversity in College is Important
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both college admissions officers and students. What does it mean to you?
Broadly 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.
How does this translate to the college experience?
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.
Diversity can be promoted by the college in multiple ways. For one, institutions should be making an effort to hire a diverse faculty to teach students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to promote meaningful connections between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from becoming isolated and encourages positive connections.
Start now by Learning About Diversity at Duke, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the United States.
Overall Diversity is Great
We combine elements of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to create a total diversity grade for every school.
Quite diverse across all factors, Duke University is ranked #14 nationwide.
Excellent Ethnic Diversity
Many college students value the chance to meet and learn from different racial and ethnic groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
Duke University is ranked #389 in ethnic diversity nationwide which is far above average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Duke
If the data is available, the chart will also show Duke faculty diversity.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Duke University, the male to female student ratio is far above the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #166 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 3,387 males and 3,252 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Duke
When available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Duke's faculty, as well as students.
Campus Filled with Students From All Over
Are you looking for a school where you can meet students from all over the United States and the world?
We've decided upon the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where students lived before they came to this school.
About 16.2% of the students attending Duke University come from within North Carolina. This puts Duke's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #33.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 48 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Duke
There is a relatively large community of about 3,017 international students at Duke University representing at least 50 countries. For more information, see the Duke International Student Page.
What is the Age Range of the Students?
Some 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 traditional student is between the ages of 18-22. At Duke University, 39.2% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Duke #1,492 in the nation for student age diversity.
Duke Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Duke undergraduates with the following bar chart.
Questions About Diversity
- Is Duke attracting students from all income backgrounds?
Schools with excellent racial and ethnic diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as financial backgrounds. Get a better idea of how Duke supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Duke?
Get in touch with the school to understand what they are doing to inspire diversity, and what student groups, clubs and associations are offered that encourage diverse perspectives on campus.