Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword among both college admissions officers and students 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.
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Much Higher Than Average Diversity
We combine elements of racial, geographic, age and gender diversity to create a total diversity grade for every school.
Macalester College is thought to be highly diverse across all factors, and is ranked #176 nationwide.
This School is Considered Greater Than Average in Racial Diversity
Ethnically-diverse schools offer students the chance to study and learn from undergraduates from racial and ethnic groups that are unique from their own.
Macalester College is ranked #1,117 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is above the national average.
Explore Racial Diversity at Macalester
If the data is present, the following chart will show Macalester undergraduate student diversity.
Macalester ranks above average in racial diversity.
Average racial representation in the faculty.
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 Macalester College, the disparity between men and women on campus is on par with the national average. The undergraduate student body at Macalester is mostly female.
This college is ranked at #1,225 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 837 males and 1,299 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Macalester
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Macalester's undergraduate students.
The disparity between the counts of men and women at Macalester College is on par with the national average.
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Macalester's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Macalester is above average.
Campus Filled with Students From All Over the U.S.
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the United States and the world?
We've calculated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where students lived before they came to this school.
About 16.6% of the students attending Macalester College come from within Minnesota. This puts Macalester's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #44.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 43 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Macalester
There is a relatively large community of about 332 international students at Macalester College representing at least 36 countries. For more information, see the Macalester International Student Page.
What is the Age of Everyone at This School?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you rather have a school where most students are the same age as you?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At Macalester College, 92.1% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Macalester #2,649 in the nation for student age diversity.
Macalester Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Macalester students with the following chart.
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 an amalgamation of peoples, traditions, cultures and ideas. Students who state that diversity in college 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, religions, and classes.
- How is Macalester doing at attracting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high 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 Macalester is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Macalester?
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.