Diversity Makes a Difference
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 people, traditions, cultures and ideas.
How does this translate to the university experience?
Students who state that diversity in university 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, classes, and religions.
Diversity can be promoted by the university in several ways. First, institutions should be making an effort to hire a varied faculty to teach students. But the school should also be doing the best they can to promote substantial interactions between people from different backgrounds. This prevents students and faculty from self-segregating and encourages positive connections.
Get the Facts on Diversity at UC Berkeley, Including how This School Compares to Others in the Country.
Excellent Overall Diversity
We combine factors of ethnic, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with an overall diversity ranking for each school.
Highly diverse across all factors, University of California - Berkeley is ranked #68 nationwide.
Ethnic Diversity Here is Excellent
Many college students value the chance to meet and learn from different ethnic and racial groups, which is more possible at a diverse institution such as this one.
University of California - Berkeley is ranked #278 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far above the national average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at UC Berkeley
If the data is present, the following chart will display UC Berkeley undergraduate student diversity.
UC Berkeley boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
If the data is present, the following chart will also display UC Berkeley faculty diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is excellent.
Equal Balance of Male and Female Students
If you desire a campus with a relatively equal balance of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At University of California - Berkeley, the male to female student ratio is far higher than the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #270 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 13,183 males and 14,313 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at UC Berkeley
When available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among UC Berkeley's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at UC Berkeley is excellent.
When available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among UC Berkeley's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at UC Berkeley is excellent.
Above Average Location Diversity
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 took a look at where each of the school's admitted students lived before attending to create the geographic diversity rank.
About 81.9% of the students attending University of California - Berkeley come from within California. UC Berkeley's rating of #338 makes it above average in this factor.
Explore Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 49 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at UC Berkeley
There is a large community of about 6,326 international students at University of California - Berkeley representing at least 50 countries. For more information, see the UC Berkeley International Student Page.
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?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At University of California - Berkeley, 57.5% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank UC Berkeley #1,974 in the nation for student age diversity.
UC Berkeley Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age range of UC Berkeley undergraduates with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- How is UC Berkeley doing at supporting and attracting students from all financial backgrounds?
Even a school with great ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how UC Berkeley is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to UC Berkeley?
Get in touch with the school to understand what they are doing to inspire diversity, and what student groups, associations and clubs are offered that encourage diverse points of views on campus.