Why Diversity Should Matter to You
What do we mean when we refer to 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, cultures and ideas.
How does this translate to the college experience?
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.
Diversity can be encouraged 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 interactions between people from differing backgrounds. This prevents faculty and students from becoming isolated and promotes positive connections.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at UPenn, Including how Similar This School is to Others in the Nation.
Overall Diversity is Great
We combine elements of ethnic, geographic, gender and age diversity to come up with a total diversity grade for every school.
Ranked #12 in the nation, University of Pennsylvania is considered extremely diverse.
Very High Ethnic Diversity
This very diverse school may be a great place for young students to get to know other students who come from different cultures and backgrounds.
University of Pennsylvania is ranked #322 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far above the national average.
Explore Ethnic Diversity at UPenn
If available, the chart below will display ethnic diversity among the undergraduate students at UPenn.
UPenn boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is above average.
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 University of Pennsylvania, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at UPenn is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #201 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 5,535 males and 6,053 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at UPenn
If available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among UPenn's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at UPenn is excellent.
If available, the chart below will include the male to female ratio among UPenn's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at UPenn is excellent.
Meet Students From All 50 States: Very High Geographic Diversity
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the U.S. and the world?
We've come up with the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where matriculated undergraduates lived before they came to this school.
About 20.5% of the students attending University of Pennsylvania come from within Pennsylvania. This puts UPenn's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #38.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 50 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at UPenn
There is a relatively large community of about 4,675 international students at University of Pennsylvania representing at least 50 countries. For more complete information, see the UPenn International Student Page.
Age Diversity on Campus
Some learners prefer a campus filled with others who are the same age, while some prefer a diverse age range of students. What do you prefer?
The typical student is between the ages of 18-22. At University of Pennsylvania, 39.2% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank UPenn #1,387 in the nation for student age diversity.
UPenn Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the undergraduate student body at UPenn.
Questions About Diversity
- How is UPenn doing at supporting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with high racial, ethnic and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the income levels of their students. To get a better idea of how UPenn is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to UPenn?
Get in touch with the school to find out what they are doing to stimulate diversity, and what student groups, clubs and associations are available that encourage diverse perspectives on campus.