Why Diversity Matters
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.
Learn About Diversity at Howard, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Nation.
Overall Diversity is Above Average
The total diversity grade is created by combining the results of racial, geographic, gender and age diversity.
Considered above average in terms of total diversity, Howard University is ranked #1,531 nationwide.
Poor Representation of Different Races on Campus
Seeking diverse points of view to learn with and from? This school may not be the best choice.
Appearing near the bottom of our ranking for ethnic diversity with a ranking of #3,482, Howard University is well below average.
However, this university is an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) with a principal mission of serving and educating the black community.
Take a Deeper Look at Racial Diversity at Howard
If the data is available, the following chart will display Howard undergraduate student diversity.
Howard is not racially diverse.
The racial diversity of the faculty is above average.
Male-to-Female Ratio Below Average
If you're seeking an institution with an equal mix of male and female students, this isn't the choice for you.
At Howard University, the disparity between men and women on campus is higher than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Howard is predominantly female.
This university is ranked at #2,725 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 1,931 males and 4,312 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Howard
If available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among Howard's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at Howard University is higher than the national average.
If available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among Howard's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Howard is excellent.
Very High Location Diversity From Across the United States
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 attended college.
Less than 10% of the students attending Howard University come from within District of Columbia. This puts Howard's level of geographic diversity far above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #61.
Explore Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 41 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Howard
There is a mid sized group of about 668 international students at Howard University representing at least 32 countries. Go to the Howard International Student Page for more information.
Age Range on Campus
Some learners 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?
Traditionally, students range in age from 18 to 21. At Howard University, 57.1% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Howard #2,384 in the nation for student age diversity.
Review Age Diversity at Howard
Analyze the age range of Howard students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we refer to diversity in college?
Often when we speak of diversity, what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of people of different ethnicities, cultures, races, religions and financial backgrounds. 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 varied workforce of tomorrow, as well as inspires creativity and innovation.
- How is Howard doing at 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 Howard supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Howard?
In order to achieve the most benefit from diversity on campus, seek out schools that are not only promoting diversity by actively recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups, but are also promoting an environment where there is positive interaction between different groups.
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