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:
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.
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.
Here's what we looked at specifically in terms of the racial breakdown by percentage at each institution:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
|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|
|6||California State University-East Bay||2,483|
|8||CUNY Brooklyn College||2,523|
|11||Houston Baptist University||2,542|
|12||University of Nevada-Las Vegas||2,546|
|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|
|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|
|32||University of Illinois at Chicago||2,757|
|33||Loma Linda University||2,773|
|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|
|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|
|60||Otis College of Art and Design||2,971|
|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|
|66||The University of Texas Medical Branch||2,997|
|68||University of Houston-Victoria||3,009|
|69||Agnes Scott College||3,014|
|70||California State University-Long Beach||3,025|
|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|
|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|
|92||California State University-Fullerton||3,155|
|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|
|101||University of Washington-Bothell Campus||3,176|