The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Arkansas For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Arkansas.
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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 Arkansas, 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 Arkansas? After running the numbers on 19 colleges and universities, we landed on University of Arkansas at Little Rock as the most diverse college in Arkansas.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Arkansas For 2020

  1. University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  2. Henderson State University
  3. Southern Arkansas University Main Campus
  4. University of Arkansas-Fort Smith
  5. University of Central Arkansas
  6. Central Baptist College
  7. University of the Ozarks
  8. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  9. Arkansas Tech University
  10. University of Arkansas

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add University of Arkansas at Little Rock to your college visit road trip.

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

For more reading on Arkansas, check out:

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In Arkansas 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 Arkansas.

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 19 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 University of Arkansas at Little Rock or Henderson State University.

University Of Arkansas At Little Rock

Location: Little Rock, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 8,283
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,726

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UA Little Rock, formerly UALR) is a metropolitan public research university located in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. Established as Little Rock Junior College by the Little Rock School District in 1927, the institution became a private four-year university under the name Little Rock University in 1957. It returned to public status in 1969 when it merged with the University of Arkansas System under its present name.

Located on 250 acres, the UALR campus encompasses more than 56 buildings, including the Center for Nanotechnology Integrative Sciences, the Emerging Analytics Center, and the Sequoyah Research Center, and the Ottenheimer Library Additionally, UALR houses special learning facilities that include a learning resource center, art galleries, KUAR public radio station, University Television, cyber café, speech and hearing clinic, and a campus-wide wireless network.

Henderson State University

Location: Arkadelphia, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 3,182
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,073

Henderson State University is a public liberal arts university in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Founded in 1890 as Arkadelphia Methodist College, it is Arkansas's only member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Henderson's curricula based on the belief that a liberal arts education is essential for all undergraduates; Henderson utilizes a program based on a core of courses in the arts and sciences. The school owns and operates radio station KSWH-FM, as well as the local Public-access television cable TV channel, HTV on Suddenlink's channel 9.

Southern Arkansas University Main Campus

Location: Magnolia, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 2,781
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,153

Southern Arkansas University is a public four-year institution located in Magnolia, Arkansas, in Columbia County, Arkansas, situated less than 20 miles north of the Louisiana state line.

Maintaining a 17-1 student to instructor ratio, Southern Arkansas University offers programs that are unique for the region, including Game and Animation Design with a computer science concentration, or an arts and design focus. The University also provides an engineering program, the only of its kind in the southern half of the state.

University Of Arkansas-Fort Smith

Location: Fort Smith, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 5,286
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,224

The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith is a public, co-educational, four-year university located in Fort Smith, Arkansas, United States, It is one of 13 campuses that constitute the University of Arkansas System. UAFS is the sixth-largest four-year university in Arkansas, with a fall 2017 enrollment of approximately 6,637 students. The university offers in-state tuition rates not only to Arkansas residents, but also those from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

University Of Central Arkansas

Location: Conway, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 7,471
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,230

The University of Central Arkansas (often referred to as Central Arkansas or UCA) is a public research university in Conway, Arkansas. Founded in 1907 as the Arkansas State Normal School, the university is one of the oldest in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As the state's only normal school at the time, UCA has historically been the primary source of teachers in Arkansas. Today with a more academically diverse mission, UCA is noted for its nationally recognized programs in nursing, education, physical therapy, business, performing arts, and psychology.

UCA is home to the Norbert O. Schedler Honors College, which is known for being one of the first honors colleges in the United States. The honors program derives its pedagogical underpinnings from the traditional small liberal arts college. It prides itself on small class sizes, intimate teacher/student relationships, and intense study of a variety of interdisciplinary subjects.The university comprises six colleges: the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the College of Business, the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Education. In addition to this UCA is home to five residential colleges and one commuter college, those being the HPaW Residential College, EDGE Residential College, The Stars Residential College, STEM Residential College, EPIC Residential College, and the Minton Commuter College.UCA has about 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students, making it one of the largest universities in the state. The university maintains a student-to-faculty ratio of approximately 17 to 1. Over 150 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered at the university. UCA occupies over 120 buildings within its 356 acres (1.44 km2).

Central Baptist College

Location: Conway, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 381
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,443

Central Baptist College (CBC) is a private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. It offers majors within the fields of behavioral science, business, general education, missions, music, religion, and science. CBC was founded in 1952 as Conway Baptist College, and awards both associate and bachelor's degrees. Enrollment is at 470 for traditional students with a 55% to 45% male to female ratio, and over 200 non traditional PACE Students. Students are required to live on campus their freshman year (with exceptions). The academic calendar at Central Baptist College is divided into semesters. Extracurricular activities at CBC include a chorus, intramural sports, student service organizations, and student government organizations. Varsity sports teams compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Chapel services are required once weekly for all full-time students.

University Of The Ozarks

Location: Clarksville, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 622
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,854

University of the Ozarks is a private, four-year comprehensive university located in Clarksville, Arkansas. The university's 30-acre, tree-shaded campus sits atop College Hill, about two blocks north of downtown Clarksville. Enrollment averages around 680 students, representing 16 countries. U of O is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

University Of Arkansas For Medical Sciences

Location: Little Rock, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 599
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,102

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is part of the University of Arkansas System, a state-run university in the U.S. state of Arkansas. The main campus is located in Little Rock and consists of five colleges including one graduate school, seven institutes, a statewide network of community educational centers, and the UAMS Medical Center.

Arkansas Tech University

Location: Russellville, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 4,675
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,355

Arkansas Tech University is a public university in Russellville, Arkansas. The university offers programs at both baccalaureate and graduate levels in a range of fields. Arkansas Tech welcomed its first doctoral cohorts in the Summer of 2015. The Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, a two-year satellite campus in the town of Ozark, primarily focuses on associate and certificate education.

University Of Arkansas

Location: Fayetteville, AR
# Of Undergraduates: 12,502
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,498

The University of Arkansas is a public land-grant, doctoral research university located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System and the largest, best-known university in the state. More than 27,500 students are enrolled in over 200 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. It is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with the highest level of research activity. Founded as Arkansas Industrial University in 1871, its present name was adopted in 1899 and classes were first held on January 22, 1872. It is noted for its strong architecture, agriculture, business, communication disorders, creative writing, history, law, and Middle Eastern studies programs.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Arkansas

Rank College Diversity Index
1 University of Arkansas at Little Rock 3,726
2 Henderson State University 5,073
3 Southern Arkansas University Main Campus 5,153
4 University of Arkansas-Fort Smith 5,224
5 University of Central Arkansas 5,230
6 Central Baptist College 5,443
7 University of the Ozarks 5,854
8 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 6,102
9 Arkansas Tech University 6,355
10 University of Arkansas 6,498
11 Arkansas State University-Main Campus 6,515
12 Hendrix College 6,697
13 Lyon College 6,825
14 John Brown University 6,966
15 Williams Baptist College 7,408
16 Ouachita Baptist University 7,628
17 Harding University 7,814
18 University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 8,779
19 Philander Smith College 9,156

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