The 6 Most Diverse Colleges In Delaware For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Delaware.
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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 Delaware, 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 Delaware? After running the numbers on 6 colleges and universities, we landed on Wesley College as the most diverse college in Delaware.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Delaware For 2020

  1. Wesley College
  2. Goldey-Beacom College
  3. Wilmington University
  4. Widener University-Delaware Law School
  5. Delaware State University
  6. University of Delaware

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

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

For more reading on Delaware, check out:

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

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 6 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 Wesley College or Goldey-Beacom College.

Wesley College

Location: Dover, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 1,513
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,819

Wesley College may refer to:

Wesley College, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Wesley Theological College, South Australia, Australia

Wesley College (Victoria), Australia

Wesley College (Western Australia)

Wesley College (Belize)

Wesley College (Manitoba), Canada

Wesley College of Education (Ashanti), Ghana

Wesley College (Dublin), Ireland

Wesley College (Auckland), New Zealand

Wesley College, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Wesley College (Bristol), UK

Wesley College (Sheffield), UK

Wesley College (Delaware), U.S.

Wesley College (Mississippi), U.S.

Location: Wilmington, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 1,162
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,956

Goldey-Beacom College is a private college in Pike Creek Valley, Delaware. Its setting is suburban with the campus size of 24 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and the college is authorized to award certificates/diplomas, associate, baccalaureate and master's degrees. It has a community with a global perspective, with alumni from 65 nations and 28 states of the United States.

Location: New Castle, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 3,927
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,717

Wilmington University is a private, non-profit, doctoral research institution with its main campus located in New Castle, Delaware, United States.

Location: Wilmington, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 194
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,363

Widener University Delaware Law School and Widener University Commonwealth Law School are Widener University's two, ABA-accredited law schools, which had been the two campuses of Widener University School of Law. The latter, unified school had been founded in 1971 as "The Delaware Law School" and operated on one of Widener's campuses, in Wilmington, Delaware. In 1989, the law school expanded to another Widener campus, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and became the Widener University School of Law. On July 1, 2015, the two campuses were separated into two distinct law schools that operate independently of each other, but remain part of the university. Each law school has its own dean.

Location: Dover, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 2,855
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,060

Delaware State University, is a historically black, public university in Dover, Delaware. DSU also has two satellite campuses, one in Wilmington and one in Georgetown. The university encompasses six colleges and a diverse population of undergraduate and advanced-degree students.

University Of Delaware

Location: Newark, DE
# Of Undergraduates: 16,110
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,190

The University of Delaware is a public research university located in Newark, Delaware. University of Delaware is the largest university in Delaware. UD currently offers more than 135 undergraduate degrees. At the graduate level, it offers 67 doctoral, 142 master's degree programs, 14 dual degrees, 15 interdisciplinary programs, 12 on-line programs, and 28 certificate programs across its seven colleges and more than 82 research centers and institutes. UD is one of the top 100 institutions for federal obligations in science and engineering and interdisciplinary initiatives in energy science and policy, the environment, and in human health. The main campus is in Newark, with satellite campuses in Dover, Wilmington, Lewes, and Georgetown. It is considered a large institution with approximately 18,500 undergraduate and 4,500 graduate students. UD is a privately governed university which receives public funding for being a land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant and urban-grant state-supported research institution.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Delaware

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Wesley College 3,819
2 Goldey-Beacom College 3,956
3 Wilmington University 4,717
4 Widener University-Delaware Law School 5,363
5 Delaware State University 6,060
6 University of Delaware 6,190

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