The 101 Most Diverse Colleges In America For 2018

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Diversity is a hot topic right now. You can't watch the news or browse social media without hearing about equality.

And that's mostly because diversity's a good thing. You've heard the saying, "Diversity is the art of thinking independently together."

Typically, one of the selling points for running off to college is to meet people with all sorts of backgrounds. While you open your mind while learning in the classroom, it's often outside of the classroom where some of the insights and perspective shifts happen.

A university campus is one of the most diverse places you'll find, as people of all religions, gender preferences and races come together from all over the world to enrich their minds.

But where would we find the most diverse colleges in America? After running the numbers, we landed on Chaminade University of Honolulu as the most diverse college in America.

Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in America for 2018:

  1. Chaminade University of Honolulu
  2. University of Hawaii at Hilo
  3. Hawaii Pacific University
  4. Pacific Union College
  5. Rutgers University-Newark
  6. California State University-East Bay
  7. LIU Brooklyn
  8. CUNY Brooklyn College
  9. Andrews University
  10. Bacone College

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Chaminade to your college visit road trip.

Read on for more about the colleges and the methodology behind the data.

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In America

In order to run the only assessment on college diversity undertaken, we simply had to aggregate and then sort data on the racial profiles of each college and university in the country.

We're lucky, since the U.S. Department of Education releases diversity studies every year. (The USDE has all sorts of other statistics on its annual College Scorecard as well.)

Here's what we looked at specifically in terms of the racial breakdown by percentage at each institution:

  • White
  • Black
  • Hispanic
  • Asian
  • American Indian
  • Pacific Islanders
  • Two Or More

For more colleges, a significant portion of the student body was listed as "Unknown Race". We removed that from the calculation and only focused on the known races of students from the College Scorecard data.

We then calculated an HHI-score for each school based on the available data -- a statistical representation of diversity. The lower the score, the more diverse the campus.


So it looks like if you want to get the most diverse student experience, you need to fly to Hawaii or head to the northeast.

1. Chaminade University Of Honolulu

Chaminade University Of Honolulu

Location: Honolulu, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,038

Chaminade University of Honolulu is a private co-educational university in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Founded in 1955 by the Society of Mary, a Roman Catholic religious order also known as the Marianists, Chaminade is located in the historic Kaimuki district of Honolulu at the base of St. Louis Heights. Chaminade offers bachelor's degrees in 23 fields of study and five master's degree programs. The school specializes in biology, business, criminal justice, education, forensic sciences, interior design, nursing, and religious studies. Chaminade University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

2. University Of Hawaii At Hilo

University Of Hawaii At Hilo

Location: Hilo, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,646

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo or UH Hilo is a public co-educational university in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, United States. It is one of ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system. It was founded as Hawaiʻi Vocational College (Hawaiʻi College) in 1941. In 1970 it was reorganized by an act of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.

The university has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1976. It offers thirty-three undergraduate and three graduate degree programs, and has about 3000 students; most are residents of Hawaiʻi, but there are many international students too.

3. Hawaii Pacific University

Hawaii Pacific University
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Honolulu, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 6,313

Hawai'i Pacific University, commonly referred to as HPU, is a private, and nonsectarian university in Honolulu and Kaneohe, Hawai-i. HPU is the largest private university in the central Pacific, most noted for its diverse student body of nearly 5,000 students, representing nearly 65 countries. The school's top academic programs are in Business Administration, Nursing, Biology, Diplomacy and Military Studies, and Social Work.

Oceanic Institute of HPU, an aquaculture research facility, is located at Makapu-u Point. HPU is also present on military installations on the island of O-ahu.

4. Pacific Union College

Pacific Union College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Angwin, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,465

Pacific Union College is a private liberal arts college located in Napa Valley, California. The campus is located in the upper valley town of Angwin, eight miles north of St. Helena, California and within the Howell Mountain wine appellation. It is the only four-year college in Napa County. It is among the top ten employers in the county. A coeducational residential college, it serves an almost exclusively undergraduate student body, the overwhelming majority of which live on campus.

5. Rutgers University-Newark

Rutgers University-Newark

Location: Newark, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 5,873

Rutgers-Newark is one of three regional campuses of Rutgers University, the public research university of the U.S. state of New Jersey, located in the city of Newark. Rutgers, founded in 1766 in New Brunswick, is the eighth oldest college in the United States and a member of the Association of American Universities. In 1945, the state legislature voted to make Rutgers University, then a private liberal arts college, into the state university and the following year merged the school with the former University of Newark, which became the Rutgers-Newark campus. Rutgers also incorporated the College of South Jersey and South Jersey Law School, in Camden, as a constituent campus of the university and renamed it Rutgers-Camden in 1950.

6. California State University-East Bay

California State University-East Bay
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Hayward, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 9,337

California State University, East Bay is a public university located in Hayward, California, United States. The university, as part of the 23-campus California State University system, offers 136 undergraduate and 60 post-baccalaureate areas of study. California State University, East Bay has been designated a top-tier institution among master's-granting universities in the west by U.S. News & World Report and has been recognized as a "Best in the West" college by the Princeton Review.

7. Liu Brooklyn

Liu Brooklyn
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Brooklyn, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 5,554

LIU Brooklyn is a private institution of higher education located in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. It is the original unit and first of two main campuses of the private Long Island University system.

8. Cuny Brooklyn College

Cuny Brooklyn College

Location: Brooklyn, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 10,094

Brooklyn College is a senior university of the City University of New York, located on the border of the Midwood and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York City.

Brooklyn College's origin began in 1910 with the establishment of an extension division of the City College for Teachers. The school then began offering evening classes for first-year male college students in 1917. In 1930 by the New York City Board of Higher Education, the College authorized the combination of the Downtown Brooklyn branches of Hunter College - at that time a women's college - and the City College of New York - a men's college - both of which had been established in 1926. With the merger of these branches, Brooklyn College became the first public coeducational liberal arts college in New York City.

9. Andrews University

Andrews University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Berrien Springs, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,736

Andrews University is a university in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Founded in 1874 as Battle Creek College, it was the first higher education facility started by Seventh-day Adventists, and is the flagship university of the Seventh-day Adventist school system, the world's second largest Christian school system.

The university consists of eight schools or colleges, offering 130 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate majors. In addition, post-baccalaureate degrees are offered by all. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the Adventist Accrediting Association.

10. Bacone College

Bacone College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Muskogee, OK
# Of Undergraduates: 830

Bacone College, formerly Bacone Indian University, is a private four-year liberal arts college in Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States. Founded in 1880 as the Indian University by Almon C. Bacone, Bacone College is the oldest continuously operated institution of higher education in Oklahoma. The college has strong historic ties to various tribal nations, including the Cherokee Nation and the Muscogee Nation, and also to the American Baptist Churches USA.

There You Have It -- The Most Racially Diverse Colleges In The US

If you're looking at universities in America with the most diverse student bodies, this is an accurate list. Below is a complete list of every college and university in America.

Hopefully, this is helpful for you as you weigh in on all factors while you decide on which institution to attend.

For more reading on colleges around the US, check out:

101 Most Diverse Colleges In America

Rank College HHI
1 Chaminade University of Honolulu 2,133
2 University of Hawaii at Hilo 2,210
3 Hawaii Pacific University 2,226
4 Pacific Union College 2,363
5 Rutgers University-Newark 2,404
6 California State University-East Bay 2,483
7 LIU Brooklyn 2,508
8 CUNY Brooklyn College 2,523
9 Andrews University 2,540
10 Bacone College 2,541
11 Houston Baptist University 2,542
12 University of Nevada-Las Vegas 2,546
13 Menlo College 2,547
14 New York Institute of Technology 2,576
15 California State University-Sacramento 2,581
16 St John's University-New York 2,587
17 University of Houston 2,595
18 Holy Names University 2,599
19 University of San Francisco 2,600
20 SUNY College at Old Westbury 2,615
21 CUNY Hunter College 2,638
22 Stanford University 2,654
23 San Francisco State University 2,668
24 CUNY City College 2,675
25 CUNY New York City College of Technology 2,690
26 University of Hawaii-West Oahu 2,698
27 Dominican University of California 2,710
28 CUNY Queens College 2,713
29 New Jersey Institute of Technology 2,723
30 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 2,727
31 Bethesda University 2,753
32 University of Illinois at Chicago 2,757
33 Loma Linda University 2,773
34 Nyack College 2,776
35 National University 2,782
36 University of Hawaii at Manoa 2,791
37 University of California-Santa Barbara 2,818
38 University of California-Los Angeles 2,818
39 Texas Woman's University 2,829
40 College of Mount Saint Vincent 2,838
41 Johnson & Wales University-North Miami 2,843
42 University of California-Santa Cruz 2,848
43 Nova Southeastern University 2,857
44 Notre Dame de Namur University 2,861
45 New Jersey City University 2,867
46 The University of Texas at Arlington 2,872
47 Dominican College of Blauvelt 2,877
48 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2,885
49 The University of Texas at Dallas 2,893
50 University of the Pacific 2,905
51 University of California-Davis 2,909
52 Felician University 2,912
53 San Jose State University 2,913
54 University of Massachusetts-Boston 2,923
55 Saint Peter's University 2,938
56 CUNY York College 2,938
57 San Diego State University 2,941
58 University of Washington-Tacoma Campus 2,960
59 Rice University 2,970
60 Otis College of Art and Design 2,971
61 Kean University 2,980
62 Georgia State University 2,986
63 Columbia University in the City of New York 2,988
64 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 2,992
65 Newbury College 2,993
66 The University of Texas Medical Branch 2,997
67 Pomona College 2,998
68 University of Houston-Victoria 3,009
69 Agnes Scott College 3,014
70 California State University-Long Beach 3,025
71 Mercy College 3,034
72 New York University 3,034
73 College of Saint Elizabeth 3,043
74 University of North Carolina at Pembroke 3,056
75 National Louis University 3,057
76 California College of the Arts 3,066
77 Warner Pacific College 3,070
78 George Mason University 3,072
79 Robert Morris University Illinois 3,083
80 Concordia College-New York 3,086
81 Marymount University 3,086
82 Amherst College 3,088
83 California State Polytechnic University-Pomona 3,099
84 Harvey Mudd College 3,114
85 California Institute of the Arts 3,116
86 University of Bridgeport 3,127
87 University of Houston-Downtown 3,137
88 University of California-Berkeley 3,143
89 Rutgers University-New Brunswick 3,145
90 Illinois Institute of Technology 3,146
91 Swarthmore College 3,146
92 California State University-Fullerton 3,155
93 Wellesley College 3,158
94 Florida Atlantic University 3,158
95 William Paterson University of New Jersey 3,159
96 Northeastern Illinois University 3,160
97 St Francis College 3,167
98 Stony Brook University 3,174
99 Azusa Pacific University 3,174
100 Mills College 3,176
101 University of Washington-Bothell Campus 3,176

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