The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Colorado For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Colorado.
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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 Colorado, 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 Colorado? After running the numbers on 19 colleges and universities, we landed on Fort Lewis College as the most diverse college in Colorado.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Colorado For 2020

  1. Fort Lewis College
  2. University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus
  3. Colorado State University-Pueblo
  4. Adams State University
  5. Colorado Heights University
  6. Metropolitan State University of Denver
  7. Regis University
  8. University of Northern Colorado
  9. University of Colorado Colorado Springs
  10. Colorado Christian University

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

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

For more reading on Colorado, check out:

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

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 Fort Lewis College or University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus.

Fort Lewis College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Durango, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 4,285
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,736

Fort Lewis College is a public liberal arts college in Durango, Colorado.

University Of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus

Location: Denver, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 8,093
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,822

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is the campus containing the University of Colorado's health sciences-related schools and colleges, such as the University of Colorado School of Medicine, the CU School of Pharmacy, the CU College of Nursing, the University of Colorado School of Dentistry, and the Colorado School of Public Health, as well as the graduate school for various fields in the biological and biomedical sciences. Official branding guidelines require the short hand "CU Anschutz", instead of the commonly misused "CU AMC".The campus is located on a portion of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. After the base was decommissioned in 1999, the campus became known as the Fitzsimons Medical Campus, or simply "Fitzsimons." The name of the portion of Fitzsimons that houses the university facilities was changed to its current name in 2006 after the Anschutz family donated $91 million to construct the Anschutz Centers for Advanced Medicine, which include the Anschutz Outpatient and Cancer Pavilions, and the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion, all located on the campus. The remainder of the former base is now called the Fitzsimons Life Science District and includes a 184-acre (0.74 km2) Colorado Science and Technology Park, the Children's Hospital, the future Veterans Affairs hospital, and a residential/retail town center known as 21 Fitzsimons.

Colorado State University-Pueblo

Location: Pueblo, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 5,303
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,838

Colorado State University-Pueblo is a regional comprehensive public university located in Pueblo, Colorado, United States. CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Colorado State University System, along with the system's flagship and the state's land-grant university, Colorado State University in Fort Collins and Colorado State University-Global Campus, the nation's first, independent, 100% online public university. CSU-Pueblo is a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution.

Location: Alamosa, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 2,080
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,871

Adams State University is a state-supported liberal arts university in Alamosa, Colorado, U.S.. The school is located in the San Luis Valley, home to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. ASU offers undergraduate programs in physical and social sciences, fine arts, business and nursing, and specializes in educator curricula in several disciplines. ASU also offers graduate degrees in, among others, history, art, business, and educator programs, including counselor education. There is also a postgraduate program in counselor education. The university has an active athletic program, both in participatory sports and in athletics educator training; the Adams State Grizzlies athletic teams compete under the auspices of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Although the university is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the university was placed on probation in 2016 for concerns about its online and correspondence programs.

Colorado Heights University

Location: Denver, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 90
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,202

Colorado Heights University was an American university in Denver, Colorado, part of the Teikyo University Group. In July, 2009 it changed its name from Teikyo Loretto Heights University to Colorado Heights University. It opened in 1989 on the campus of the former Loretto Heights College. Colorado Heights University, shortened to CHU, was a nationally accredited, private university located in Denver, Colorado. More than half of students at CHU came from over 50 different countries. The university closed in the fall of 2017.

Metropolitan State University Of Denver

Location: Denver, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 17,688
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,326

Metropolitan State University of Denver – also known as MSU Denver or Metro State – is a public university located in Denver, in the U.S. state of Colorado. With 58 majors and 82 minors, the college is noted for a wide array of liberal arts and science programs as well as teacher education, business, aviation, and criminal justice programs.In fall 2010, the university began offering master's programs in teacher education and accounting, with social work beginning in fall 2011. The university is noted for its fine athletic programs: MSU Denver's women's soccer team won the Division II National Championship in 2004 and 2006; the men's basketball team won the Division II National Championship in 2000 and 2002. MSU Denver is located on the Auraria Campus, along with the University of Colorado Denver and the Community College of Denver, in downtown Denver, adjacent to Speer Boulevard and Colfax Avenue. MSU Denver has an enrollment of more than 21,000 students.On April 18, 2012, MSU Denver achieved university status. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper approved the changing of the name of Metropolitan State College of Denver to Metropolitan State University of Denver, effective July 2012.The university celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.

Regis University

Location: Denver, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 5,446
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,621

Regis University, formerly known as Regis College, is a private, co-educational Roman Catholic, Jesuit university in Denver, Colorado. Regis College was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1877. It is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Regis is divided into five colleges: Regis College, The Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions, the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies, the College of Computer and Information Sciences and the College of Business and Economics. The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In 2013, the Regis University web site stated that it had obtained a top tier ranking as one of the best colleges and universities in the United States in the western region for 22 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report.

University Of Northern Colorado

Location: Greeley, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 10,213
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,894

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) is a public baccalaureate and graduate research university with approximately 12,000 students and six colleges. Founded in 1889, the university’s main campus is located in Greeley, Colorado, about an hour north of Denver, with extended campus locations in Loveland, Denver, and Colorado Springs.Established as the State Normal School of Colorado, the university has a long history in teacher education, and was an early innovator in the field. In addition to education awards and rankings, UNC has nationally ranked programs in business, performing and visual arts, nursing, and sports and exercise science. UNC’s 19 athletic teams compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

University Of Colorado Colorado Springs
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Colorado Springs, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 4,967
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,998

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is a campus of the University of Colorado system, the state university system of Colorado.

As of Fall 2017, UCCS has over 12,400 undergraduate and 1,822 graduate students, with 32% ethnic minority students.

For public universities in the Master's Universities-West category it was ranked 6th. It has been ranked in the top ten on that list each year since 2002. For the 2015 rankings released by U.S. News, UCCS was tied 51st overall in the west for all private and public schools. Among public, private and for-profit universities, the UCCS undergraduate engineering program ranked 14th in the nation.

Colorado Christian University

Location: Lakewood, CO
# Of Undergraduates: 1,843
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,101

Colorado Christian University is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts university in Lakewood, Colorado in the United States. CCU was founded in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Colorado

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Fort Lewis College 3,736
2 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus 3,822
3 Colorado State University-Pueblo 3,838
4 Adams State University 3,871
5 Colorado Heights University 4,202
6 Metropolitan State University of Denver 4,326
7 Regis University 4,621
8 University of Northern Colorado 4,894
9 University of Colorado Colorado Springs 4,998
10 Colorado Christian University 5,101
11 Colorado College 5,242
12 Naropa University 5,443
13 Colorado Mesa University 5,584
14 University of Colorado Boulder 5,926
15 Nazarene Bible College 6,010
16 University of Denver 6,021
17 Western State Colorado University 6,497
18 Colorado State University-Fort Collins 6,501
19 Colorado School of Mines 6,539

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