The 9 Most Diverse Colleges In Arizona For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Arizona.
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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."

So we wanted to help prospective applicants understand what colleges in the will offer them a diverse experience.

A university campus is one of the most diverse places you'll find in Arizona, 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 Arizona? After running the numbers on 9 colleges and universities, we landed on Arizona State University-West as the most diverse college in Arizona.

Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in Arizona for 2020.

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Arizona For 2020

  1. Arizona State University-West
  2. University of Arizona
  3. Arizona Christian University
  4. Arizona State University-Tempe
  5. Arizona State University-Polytechnic
  6. Northern Arizona University
  7. International Baptist College and Seminary
  8. Ottawa University-Phoenix
  9. Prescott College

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Arizona State University-West to your college visit road trip.

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

For more reading on Arizona, check out:

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In Arizona For 2020

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 Arizona.

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 most 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 of the 9 schools 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 contact admissions at Arizona State University-West or University of Arizona.

Arizona State University-West

Location: Glendale, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 3,785
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,766

Arizona State University at the West Campus is one of six university campuses that compose Arizona State University. The West campus was established by the Arizona Legislature in 1984, and is located in northwest Phoenix, bordering the city of Glendale.

ASU's campuses are unified as a single institution, and so the West campus shares students, faculty, administration, and accreditation with the other campuses. As of fall 2009, 10,380 students were enrolled in at least one course on the West campus, while the FTE enrollment for the campus is 6,173.

University Of Arizona
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Tucson, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 26,404
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,995

The University of Arizona is a public research university in Tucson, Arizona. Founded in 1885, the UA was the first university in the Arizona Territory. As of 2016, the university enrolls 43,625 students in 19 separate colleges/schools, including the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix and the James E. Rogers College of Law, and is affiliated with two academic medical centers. The University of Arizona is governed by the Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona is one of the elected members of the Association of American Universities and is the only representative from the state of Arizona to this group.

Location: Phoenix, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 60
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,044

Arizona Christian University is a private, non-profit Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States.

Arizona State University-Tempe

Location: Tempe, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 33,985
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,146

ASU's Tempe campus is in downtown Tempe, Arizona, about eight miles east of downtown Phoenix. The campus is considered urban, and is approximately 660 acres in size. The campus is arranged around broad pedestrian malls and is completely encompassed by an arboretum. The Tempe campus is also the largest of ASU's campuses, with more than 70,000 students enrolled in at least one class on campus in fall 2017. The campus is considered to range from the streets Rural Road on the east to Mill Avenue on the west, and Apache Boulevard on the south to Rio Salado Parkway on the north.

Arizona State University-Polytechnic

Location: Mesa, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 1,529
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,246

Founded in 1996 as "ASU East," the ASU Polytechnic campus serves more than 4,800 students and is home to more than 130 bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in professional and technical programs through the W. P. Carey School of Business/Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, and College of Integrative Sciences and Arts, and focuses on professional and technological programs including simulators and lab space in various fields of study. The 600-acre campus is in southeast Mesa, Arizona, approximately 25 miles southeast of the Tempe campus, and 33 miles southeast of downtown Phoenix. The Polytechnic campus sits on the former Williams Air Force Base.

Northern Arizona University

Location: Flagstaff, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 13,905
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,521

Northern Arizona University is a public higher-research university with a main campus at the base of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona, statewide campuses, and NAU Online. Governed by the Arizona Board of Regents and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the university offers 158 baccalaureate and graduate degree programs.

Location: Chandler, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 57
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,577

International Baptist College and Seminary is an Independent Fundamental Baptist Bible college and Seminary in Chandler, Arizona, offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in pastoral ministry, missions, music ministry and Christian education. IBCS is a ministry of Tri-City Baptist Church.International Baptist College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and maintains membership in the American Association of Christian Colleges and Seminaries.

Ottawa University-Phoenix

Location: Phoenix, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 1,129
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,742

Ottawa University is a private, non-profit, Christian liberal arts university with traditional, residential campuses in Ottawa, Kansas, and Surprise, Arizona, United States. It was founded in 1865 and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA. Ottawa has approximately 700 students on its residential campus in Ottawa, 500 on its residential campus in Surprise, and about 4,000 students across all of its campuses and online.

Prescott College

Location: Prescott, AZ
# Of Undergraduates: 757
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,246

Prescott College is a private liberal arts college in Prescott, Arizona with the motto: \"For the Liberal Arts, the Environment, and Social Justice\". It is a non-sectarian, non-profit organization which has a student body of roughly 1200, and an average student to faculty ratio of 7:1 in the on-campus classrooms. The average class size is between 7-14 students.

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

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

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 Arizona, check out:

Most Diverse Colleges In Arizona

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Arizona State University-West 3,766
2 University of Arizona 3,995
3 Arizona Christian University 4,044
4 Arizona State University-Tempe 4,146
5 Arizona State University-Polytechnic 4,246
6 Northern Arizona University 4,521
7 International Baptist College and Seminary 5,577
8 Ottawa University-Phoenix 5,742
9 Prescott College 6,246

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