Student Profile

With over 500 students enrolled in the Heller School, the diversity of experiences and identities they represent is impossible to fully quantify. Our community is enriched in innumerable ways by the dynamic perspectives on display, and we maintain a firm commitment to diversity on campus.

Professional Backgrounds, Experience and Age

Many Heller students come from professional backgrounds as researchers, grassroots activists, nonprofit leaders, government policy wonks and social justice advocates. The average age of the fall 2016 entering class was 30, with an age range of 22-50.

We are the third most popular graduate school for returned Peace Corps volunteers. Taken together, Peace Corps volunteers, City Year alumni and AmeriCorps alumni accounted for 32 percent of our fall 2016 entering class.

Global and Domestic Enrollment

About one-third of our students are from countries other than the United States, representing 30 different countries. Among them, the countries with the largest student representation are China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Egypt, India, Ethiopia, and Bangladesh. More than 30 languages are spoken at Heller, and every year we celebrate events such as Africa Night, the Global Bazaar, and International Mother Tongue Day.

Domestic Racial and Ethnic Diversity

Among domestic students, we aspire to have a racially and ethnically diverse student body in addition to an inclusive and welcoming environment for students of color. For the 2016 entering class, domestic enrollment was as follows:

  • White: 58%
  • Black: 12%
  • Hispanic (of any race): 8%
  • Asian: 7%
  • Unknown: 11%
  • Two or more races: 4%

Gender

At the Heller School, we recognize that gender is not a binary and we welcome students who are gender fluid and transgender. Roughly 60 percent of our student body identify as female and roughly 40 percent identify as male, with some students who choose not to identify as either male or female.