Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both students and college admissions officers alike. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that rank high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
Learn About Diversity at Lesley, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the United States.
The Diversity Here is Average
We calculated a total diversity grade for every school by looking at racial, age, gender and geographic diversity.
Lesley University is considered to be middle of the pack in overall diversity, and is ranked #1,336 nationwide.
This School is Considered Greater Than Average in Racial Diversity
Ethnically-diverse colleges offer students the opportunity to study and learn from undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
Lesley University is ranked #916 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is above the national average.
Explore Lesley Racial Diversity
If the data is available, the following chart will show Lesley undergraduate student diversity.
Lesley ranks above average in racial diversity.
The faculty's racial diversity is on par with the national average.
College is Heavily Dominated by One Sex
Will you feel more comfortable on a campus with an equal mix of males to females?
At Lesley University, the disparity between men and women on campus is much higher than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Lesley is predominantly female.
This university is ranked at #2,024 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 476 males and 1,620 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at Lesley
If available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Lesley's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Lesley is poor compared to the national average.
If available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Lesley's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Lesley is below national averages.
High Location Diversity
Would you prefer a school that attracts students from all across the U.S.? If so this may be the school for you.
We looked at where each of the school's admitted students lived before attending to come up with the geographic diversity grade.
About 56.1% of the students attending Lesley University come from within Massachusetts. Lesley's rating of #537 puts it above the national average.
Research Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 27 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at Lesley
There is a medium sized community of about 175 international students at Lesley University representing at least 31 countries. Check out the Lesley International Student Page for more information.
Age Range on Campus
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you opt for a school where most students are the same age as you?
Traditionally, students range in age from 18 to 21. However, this university appears to attract a majority of older students. At Lesley University, 27.8% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Lesley #187 in the nation for student age diversity.
Lesley Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the student body at Lesley.
Questions About Diversity
- 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 a mixture of peoples, traditions, ideas and cultures. 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.
- Is Lesley attracting and supporting students from all income backgrounds?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how Lesley is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Lesley?
What are you looking for when it comes to college diversity? Contact the school to see what kind of clubs and support groups are offered to encourage varied perspectives.
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