The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Connecticut For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Connecticut.
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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 Connecticut, 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 Connecticut? After running the numbers on 22 colleges and universities, we landed on University of Bridgeport as the most diverse college in Connecticut.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Connecticut For 2020

  1. University of Bridgeport
  2. University of Connecticut-Stamford
  3. Yale University
  4. Albertus Magnus College
  5. University of Connecticut-Tri-Campus
  6. Holy Apostles College and Seminary
  7. University of Saint Joseph
  8. Wesleyan University
  9. University of Hartford
  10. Southern Connecticut State University

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

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

For more reading on Connecticut, check out:

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

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 22 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 Bridgeport or University of Connecticut-Stamford.

University Of Bridgeport

Location: Bridgeport, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,277
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,127

The University of Bridgeport, commonly referred to as UB, is a private, independent, non-sectarian, coeducational National university located in Bridgeport, Connecticut. The University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The students of the University of Bridgeport are from 80 countries and 46 states. In 2010, the percentage of students graduating that had participated in an English as a foreign or second language program was one of the nation's highest at 5%.

Location: Stamford, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 997
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,242

The Stamford Campus of the University of Connecticut offers complete undergraduate degree programs in thirteen majors as well as the Bachelor of General Studies Degree Program. Majors are American Studies, Business Administration, Business Data Analytics, Financial Management, Digital Media and Design and, Economics, English, Human Development and Family Studies, History, Political Science, Psychology, and a Certificate Entry into Nursing, an accelerated pre-licensure program. At the graduate level, Masters of Business Administration and an MS in Financial Risk Management are offered.

Yale University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: New Haven, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 5,351
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,423

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701, it is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine Colonial Colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Albertus Magnus College

Location: New Haven, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,791
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,557

Albertus Magnus College is a Catholic private liberal arts college in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded by the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, it is located in the Prospect Hill neighborhood of New Haven, near the border with Hamden.

Location: Waterbury, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,826
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,742

Holy Apostles College And Seminary

Location: Cromwell, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 68
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,823

Holy Apostles College and Seminary is a Roman Catholic seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. It was founded in 1956 on a 40-acre property in Cromwell by the Very Reverend Eusebe M. Menard, O.F.M., to provide a program of education and formation for men intending to enter the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.

University Of Saint Joseph

Location: West Hartford, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,227
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,944

The University of Saint Joseph is a university founded in 1996, previously known as Macau Inter-University Institute. It was jointly organized by the Catholic University of Portugal and the Diocese of Macau. It is also connected by structural, academic, and social bonds to the special administrative region of Macau, to Portugal, and to mainland China.

Wesleyan University

Location: Middletown, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 2,722
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,269

Wesleyan University is a private liberal arts college in Middletown, Connecticut, founded in 1831. Wesleyan is a Baccalaureate College that emphasizes undergraduate instruction in the arts and sciences, grants research master's degrees in many academic disciplines, and grants PhD degrees in biology, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, molecular biology and biochemistry, music, and physics.

University Of Hartford

Location: West Hartford, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 5,367
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,359

The University of Hartford is a private, independent, nonsectarian, coeducational university located in West Hartford, Connecticut. Its 350-acre main campus extends into neighboring Hartford and Bloomfield. The university attracts students from 48 states and 43 countries. The degree programs at the University of Hartford hold the highest levels of accreditation available in the US, including the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges-Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Southern Connecticut State University

Location: New Haven, CT
# Of Undergraduates: 8,080
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,425

Southern Connecticut State University is a state university in Connecticut. Part of the Connecticut State University System, it was founded in 1893 and is governed by the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education. SCSU is located in the West Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Connecticut

Rank College Diversity Index
1 University of Bridgeport 3,127
2 University of Connecticut-Stamford 3,242
3 Yale University 3,423
4 Albertus Magnus College 3,557
5 University of Connecticut-Tri-Campus 3,742
6 Holy Apostles College and Seminary 3,823
7 University of Saint Joseph 3,944
8 Wesleyan University 4,269
9 University of Hartford 4,359
10 Southern Connecticut State University 4,425
11 Mitchell College 4,503
12 Western Connecticut State University 4,530
13 Central Connecticut State University 4,895
14 University of Connecticut 5,021
15 University of New Haven 5,287
16 Eastern Connecticut State University 5,732
17 University of Connecticut-Avery Point 5,843
18 Trinity College 5,965
19 Connecticut College 6,229
20 Quinnipiac University 6,615
21 Sacred Heart University 6,725
22 Fairfield University 7,319

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