Why Diversity Matters
Diversity can be somewhat of a buzzword with university admissions officers and students alike. For the purposes of producing diversity scores, College Factual defines diversity as the most plurality. Schools that score high in diversity metrics are those with the greatest variety in ethnicity, gender, age, and geographic location of origin.
Start now by Learning About Diversity at Wisconsin, and how it is Similar to Other Schools in the Nation.
Excellent Overall Diversity
We combine factors of racial, geographic, age and gender diversity to come up with an overall diversity grade for each school.
Ranked #285 in the nation, University of Wisconsin - Madison is considered highly diverse.
Racial Diversity is About Average
Racially diverse schools allow students to meet and learn from others from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. It also means the school is working to fairly represent and support all students.
University of Wisconsin - Madison is pretty typical when it comes to ethnic diversity, being ranked at #2,612 in the nation.
Wisconsin Racial Demographics
If the data is available, the following chart will display Wisconsin undergraduate student diversity.
Wisconsin's ethnic diversity is on par with the national average.
Average racial representation in the faculty.
Equal Balance of Male and Female Students
If you feel more comfortable on a campus with a relatively equal balance of males and females, this may be the school for you.
At University of Wisconsin - Madison, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at Wisconsin is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #208 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 15,436 males and 16,269 females.
Analyze Male/Female Diversity at Wisconsin
Where available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Wisconsin's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Wisconsin is excellent.
Where available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Wisconsin's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Wisconsin is excellent.
Excellent Location Diversity From Across the United States
Looking to attend a school where you can meet students from all over the nation and the world?
We've calculated the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where undergrads resided before they attended college.
About 57.8% of the students attending University of Wisconsin - Madison come from within Wisconsin. This puts Wisconsin's level of geographic diversity far above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #243.
Learn About Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 50 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
The Amount of International Students at Wisconsin
There is a large community of about 6,304 international students at University of Wisconsin - Madison representing at least 50 countries. To learn more, see the Wisconsin International Student Page.
Age Diversity on Campus
Some college 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?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At University of Wisconsin - Madison, 59.4% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Wisconsin #3,038 in the nation for student age diversity.
Explore Age Diversity at Wisconsin
Analyze the age range of Wisconsin students with the following chart.
Questions About Diversity
- What do we mean when we talk about diversity in college?
Often when we speak of diversity, what we mean is multiculturalism, or the acceptance of individuals of different ethnicities, cultures, races, beliefs and financial backgrounds. 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 varied workforce of tomorrow, in addition to inspiring creativity and innovation.
- Is Wisconsin supporting students from all backgrounds?
Schools with higher than average ethnic and location diversity still may not be diverse when it comes to other factors, such as economic backgrounds. Get a better idea of how Wisconsin supports low-income students by visiting the Financial Aid Page.
- Is Diversity Important to Wisconsin?
The university years provide a one of a kind opportunity for students to have exposure to other backgrounds and cultures. Students should look for a university administration that is not only promoting diversity institutionally, but also fostering a climate where students can exchange differing ideas and perspectives in positive and meaningful ways.
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