How is Diversity Important to You?
It is quite possible you have heard that diversity is critical to the college experience, but what do we mean when we discuss the topic of diversity?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". We use it today to describe a mixing together of peoples, traditions, ideas and cultures.
So, what are we striving for when we want to see more diversity in college?
When most students seek diversity on a college campus, what they are actually looking for are opportunities to express themselves and find community with others who believe the same way, as well as opportunities to learn from those from different backgrounds and cultures.
The college years provide a unique opportunity for students to have direct exposure to other cultures and backgrounds. Students should look for a college administration that is not only encouraging diversity institutionally, but also fostering an atmosphere where students can exchange different ideas and perspectives in positive and meaningful ways.
Learn About Diversity at Rice, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Nation.
This School has Superb Diversity Overall
We combine elements of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to come up with a total diversity grade for every school.
Ranked #32 in the nation, Rice University is considered extremely diverse.
High Ethnic Diversity
Many college students value the ability to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is more likely to happen at a diverse school such as this one.
Placed at #149, Rice University has received an excellent ranking for ethnic diversity nationally.
Explore Rice Ethnic Diversity
This chart will display the diversity of undergraduate students at Rice when it is available.
Rice boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is excellent.
Good Balance of Male and Female Students
If you desire a campus with a nice mix of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At Rice University, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Rice is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #310 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 2,042 males and 1,851 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at Rice
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Rice's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Rice is excellent.
Where available, the chart below will include the male to female distribution among Rice's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Rice is excellent.
Excellent Location Diversity Across the United States
Are you looking for a school where you can meet students from all over the nation and the world?
We've come up with the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where undergrads resided before they came to this school.
About 48.8% of the students attending Rice University come from within Texas. This puts Rice's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #193.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 42 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at Rice
There is a relatively large community of about 1,659 international students at Rice University representing at least 45 countries. To learn more, see the Rice International Student Page.
What is the Age Diversity of the Students?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a school where most students are the same age as you?
Traditionally, students range in age from 18 to 21. At Rice University, 51.1% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Rice #1,597 in the nation for student age diversity.
Rice Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age distribution of Rice students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Rice doing at attracting and supporting students from all income levels?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic, and location diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the financial backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how Rice is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Rice?
Get in touch with the school to learn about what they are doing to promote diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are present that encourage varied perspectives on campus.