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 California, 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 California? After running the numbers on 104 colleges and universities, we landed on Golden Gate University-San Francisco as the most diverse college in California.
Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in California for 2020.
If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Golden Gate University-San Francisco to your college visit road trip.
Read on for more about the colleges and the methodology behind the data.
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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 California.
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:
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 104 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 Golden Gate University-San Francisco or Pacific Union College.
Location: San Francisco, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 167
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,309
Golden Gate University is a private, nonsectarian university in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1901, GGU specializes in educating professionals through its schools of law, business, taxation, and accounting. The university offers two undergraduate degrees with eight concentrations and 15 graduate degrees with 24 concentrations.
Location: Angwin, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,465
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,363
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: Hayward, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 9,337
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,483
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: El Cajon, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 99
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,524
Southern California Seminary offers faith-based degree programs grounded in the inerrant Word of God, both Online & On-Campus in San Diego.
Location: Atherton, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 649
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,547
Menlo College is a private, four-year baccalaureate college specializing in business located in the Silicon Valley town of Atherton, California, United States.
Location: Sacramento, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 20,342
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,581
California State University, Sacramento, founded in 1947 as Sacramento State College, is a public comprehensive university in the city of Sacramento, the capital city of the U.S. state of California. It is the eleventh oldest school in the 23-campus California State University system. The university enrolls approximately 30,500 students annually, has an alumni base of 215,000 and awards 7,000 degrees annually. The university offers 151 different Bachelor's degrees, 69 Master's degrees, 28 types of teaching credentials, and 2 Doctoral degrees. The university also has extensions in Singapore, offering a unique IMBA.
Location: Oakland, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 592
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,599
Holy Names University is a private, Roman Catholic university in Oakland, California. It is administered by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.
Location: San Francisco, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 4,664
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,600
The University of San Francisco is a Jesuit Catholic university located in San Francisco, California, United States. The school's main campus is located on a 55-acre setting between the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. The main campus is nicknamed \"The Hilltop\", and part of the main campus is located on Lone Mountain, one of San Francisco's major geographical features. Its close historical ties with the City and County of San Francisco are reflected in the University's traditional motto, Pro Urbe et Universitate. The current motto is Change the World From Here. USF's Jesuit Catholic identity is rooted in the vision and work of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order.
Location: Pleasant Hill, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 196
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,617
John F. Kennedy University is a nonprofit, private university in Pleasant Hill, California, with a satellite campus in San Jose. It was founded in 1965 to focus on providing continuing opportunities for non-traditional higher education. Enrollment is approximately 1,600 (as of fall 2010) with no campus housing. The faculty consists of over 700 adjunct faculty employed in their subject areas in addition to about 60 full-time academics.
JFK University has three colleges: Business and Professional Studies, Psychology and Holistic Studies, and Law. The university also has a Continuing Education division and an Institute of Entrepreneurial Leadership.
In April 2009, JFKU became an affiliate of the National University System. JFK University retained its name, identity, and accreditation as an independent university.
Location: Stanford, CA
# Of Undergraduates: 7,886
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,654
Stanford University is a private research university in Stanford, California. Stanford is known for its academic strength, wealth, proximity to Silicon Valley, and ranking as one of the world's top-ten universities.
If you're looking at universities in California with the most diverse student bodies, this is an accurate list. Below is a complete list of every college and university in California 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.
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