Admissions and Financial Aid

Student Demographics

With over 450 students enrolled in the Heller School, the diversity of experiences and identities they represent is impossible to fully quantify. We maintain a firm commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion on campus.

Professional Backgrounds and Experience

Many Heller students come from professional backgrounds as researchers, grassroots activists, nonprofit leaders, government policy wonks and social justice advocates. The average number of years of work experience of Heller students is 4.5 years.

We are the third most popular graduate school for returned Peace Corps volunteers. Taken together, Peace Corps volunteers, City Year alumni and AmeriCorps alumni account for 37 percent of our fall 2021 entering class.

Global and Domestic Student Enrollment

About one-third of our students are from countries other than the United States, representing over 50 different countries. Among them, the countries with the largest student representation are China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Egypt, India, Ethiopia, Canada and Uganda. 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 2021 entering class, 43% of our domestic students are students of color. The racial and ethnic diversity among our 2021 domestic student enrollment is as follows:

  • White: 57%
  • Black: 15%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Two or more races: 3%