Diversity Makes a Difference
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword with university admissions officers and students. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that score high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
Get the Facts on Diversity at Harvard, Including how This School Compares to Others in the Country.
Very High Overall Diversity
We combine factors of racial, geographic, gender and age diversity to create an overall diversity ranking for each school.
Highly diverse across all factors, Harvard University is ranked #10 nationwide.
Racial Diversity is Very Good
This very diverse school may be a great place for college students to get to know others with different cultures and backgrounds.
Harvard University is ranked #163 in ethnic diversity nationwide which is far above average.
Harvard Racial Demographics
The chart below will display the diversity of undergraduate students at Harvard when it is available.
Harvard boasts excellent racial diversity.
Above average racial representation in faculty.
Harvard Gender Ratio is Balanced
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Harvard University, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Harvard is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #271 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 5,101 males and 4,864 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Harvard
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Harvard's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Harvard is excellent.
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Harvard's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Harvard is excellent.
Very High Location Diversity From Across the United States
Are you looking for a school where you can meet students from all over the United States and the world?
We've come up with the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where students lived before they attended college.
About 17.1% of the students attending Harvard University come from within Massachusetts. This puts Harvard's level of geographic diversity far above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #17.
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 50 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Harvard
There is a large community of about 6,572 international students at Harvard University representing at least 50 countries. For more information, see the Harvard International Student Page.
What is the Age Range of the Students?
Some students prefer a campus filled with others who are a similar age to them, while some prefer a wide age range of students. Which is best for you?
The traditional student is between the ages of 18-21. However, this university appears to attract a majority of older students. At Harvard University, 18.7% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Harvard #736 in the nation for student age diversity.
Explore Age Diversity at Harvard
Analyze the age range of Harvard students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
Broadly speaking, diversity is the word we use to describe a mixture of individuals and ideas, and the traditions, belief cultures and systems that come with them. Students who say that diversity in school is important to them are looking for institutions to offer a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, classes, and religions.
- Is Harvard attracting and supporting learners from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with great ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how Harvard is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Harvard?
What are you seeking in regards to college diversity? Get a hold of the school to see what type of clubs and support groups are offered to inspire unique perspectives.
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