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.
Educate Yourself on Diversity at WVU, Including how This School Compares to Others in the Nation.
Overall Diversity is Above Average
The total diversity grade is created by adding up results of racial, geographic, age and gender diversity.
West Virginia University is considered to be above average in overall diversity, and is ranked #507 nationwide.
Unequal Representation of Racial Groups
Many young people value the opportunity to meet and learn from other students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, unfortunately, that may be difficult at this school.
Below average when it comes to ethnic diversity, West Virginia University is ranked #1,876 in the country.
Take a Deeper Look at Racial Diversity at WVU
If available, the chart below will display racial diversity among the undergraduate students at WVU.
WVU's racial diversity is below the national average.
Racial diversity of the faculty is below the national average.
Balanced Gender Ratio
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 West Virginia University, the disparity between men and women on campus is far lower than the national average. The undergraduate student body at WVU is equally balanced.
This university is ranked at #400 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 11,877 males and 10,624 females.
Explore Male/Female Diversity at WVU
If available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among WVU's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at WVU is excellent.
If available, the chart below will include the male to female percentage among WVU's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at WVU is excellent.
Higher Than Average Chance your Roommate Will be From Another State
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 in order to come up with the geographic diversity grade.
About 46.1% of the students attending West Virginia University come from within West Virginia. WVU's rating of #315 makes it above average in this factor.
Explore Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 42 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
Presence of International Students at WVU
There is a mid sized group of about 2,315 international students at West Virginia University representing at least 49 countries. Check out the WVU International Student Page for more information.
Age Diversity on Campus
Are you looking for a college where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you prefer a college where most students are about your own age?
The "traditional" college student is thought to be between the ages of 18-21. At West Virginia University, 59.8% of students are in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank WVU #1,418 in the nation for student age diversity.
WVU Age Diversity Chart
Analyze the age range of WVU 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". We use it today to describe a mixture of people, traditions, ideas and cultures. When most students seek diversity on a college campus, what they are seeking 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 cultures and backgrounds.
- How is WVU doing at supporting students from all economic backgrounds?
Even a school with great 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 WVU is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to WVU?
The college 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 encouraging diversity institutionally, but also fostering an atmosphere where students can exchange differing perspectives and ideas in positive and meaningful ways.