Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword with students and university admissions officers. 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 JMU, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the U.S..
Overall Diversity is Above Average
The total diversity grade is created by adding up results of racial, geographic, age and gender diversity.
James Madison University is considered to be above average in overall diversity, and is ranked #850 nationwide.
Fairly Normal in Racial Diversity
Racially diverse college campuses allow students to meet and learn with others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. It also means the school is working to fairly represent and support all students.
With a student body composition that is close to the national average, James Madison University is ranked #1,457 when it comes to ethnic diversity.
JMU Racial Demographics
The chart below will display the diversity of undergraduate students at JMU if it is available.
JMU's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
Racial diversity of the faculty is below the national average.
Comparable to National Averages When it Comes to Balance of Male and Female Students
This may not be the best choice if you're seeking equal numbers of men and women.
At James Madison University, the disparity between men and women on campus is on par with the national average. The undergraduate student body at JMU is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #1,010 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 8,282 males and 11,693 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at JMU
When available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among JMU's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at James Madison University is on par with the national average.
When available, the chart below includes the male to female percentage among JMU's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at JMU is above average.
Geographic Diversity is Above Average
Would you prefer a college that attracts students from all across the United States? If so this may be a good option for you.
We looked at where each of the school's admitted students lived before attending to create the geographic diversity rank.
About 73.9% of the students attending James Madison University come from within Virginia. JMU's rating of #760 makes it above average in this factor.
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 33 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at JMU
There is a mid sized group of about 531 international students at James Madison University representing at least 43 countries. Check out the JMU International Student Page for more information.
What is the Age of Everyone at This School?
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 typical student is between the ages of 18-21. At James Madison University, 77.5% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank JMU #2,344 in the nation for student age diversity.
Review Age Diversity at JMU
Analyze the age range of JMU students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
Often when we speak of diversity, which is defined as "variety", what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of individuals of different ethnicities, cultures, races, beliefs and financial backgrounds. Students who state that diversity in school is important to them are looking for institutions to provide a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, religions, and classes.
- Is JMU attracting students from all backgrounds?
Even a school with great 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 JMU is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to JMU?
The university years provide a one of a kind opportunity for students to have exposure to other cultures and backgrounds. Students should look for a university administration that is not only promoting diversity institutionally, but also fostering a climate where students can exchange differing perspectives and ideas in positive and meaningful ways.