The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Florida For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Florida.
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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 Florida, 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 Florida? After running the numbers on 45 colleges and universities, we landed on Johnson & Wales University-North Miami as the most diverse college in Florida.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Florida For 2020

  1. Johnson & Wales University-North Miami
  2. Nova Southeastern University
  3. Florida Atlantic University
  4. Barry University
  5. Adventist University of Health Sciences
  6. University of Miami
  7. Saint Leo University
  8. Hodges University
  9. Warner University
  10. University of Central Florida

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Johnson & Wales University-North Miami to your college visit road trip.

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

For more reading on Florida, check out:

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

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 45 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 Johnson & Wales University-North Miami or Nova Southeastern University.

Location: North Miami, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 1,620
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,843

JWU North Miami teams participate as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The Wildcats are a member of The Sun Conference. Men's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and track & field, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track & field.

Nova Southeastern University

Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 4,110
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,857

Nova Southeastern University is a private nonprofit university, with a main campus located on 315 acres in Davie, in the US state of Florida. Formerly referred to as \"Nova\" and now commonly called \"NSU\", the university currently consists of 18 colleges and schools offering over 150 programs of study. The university offers professional degrees in law, business, osteopathic medicine, allopathic medicine, allied health, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, physical therapy, education, occupational therapy, and nursing. Nova Southeastern enrolled 20,793 students in the 2017-2018 academic year, and has produced 185,000 alumni.

Florida Atlantic University

Location: Boca Raton, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 17,496
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,158

Florida Atlantic University is a public university in Boca Raton, Florida, with five satellite campuses in the Florida cities of Dania Beach, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, Jupiter, and in Fort Pierce at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. FAU belongs to the 12-campus State University System of Florida and serves South Florida, which has more than five million people and spans more than 100miles of coastline. Florida Atlantic University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with high research activity. The university offers more than 170 undergraduate and graduate degree programs within its 10 colleges. Programs of study cover arts and humanities, the sciences, medicine, nursing, accounting, business, education, public administration, social work, architecture, engineering, and computer science.

Barry University

Location: Miami, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 5,777
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,189

Barry University is a private, Catholic university founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Located in Miami Shores, Florida, a suburb north of Downtown Miami, it is one of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast and is within the territory of the Archdiocese of Miami.

Location: Orlando, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 581
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,218

Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU), formerly Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences, is located in Orlando, Florida, United States. It is a Seventh-day Adventist institution specializing in healthcare education. The college is associated with Florida Hospital and Adventist Health System, which is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system. The physical facilities are located next to Florida Hospital’s Orlando campus. The University offers over 20 undergraduate and graduate degrees from associate to doctorate level, including online and post-baccalaureate certificates.

University Of Miami
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Coral Gables, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 8,955
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,614

The University of Miami is a private, nonsectarian research university in Coral Gables, Florida, United States. As of 2016, the university enrolls 16,801 students in 12 separate colleges/schools, including the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine in Miami's Health District, a law school on the main campus, and the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science focused on the study of oceanography and atmospheric sciences on Virginia Key, with research facilities at the Richmond Facility in southern Miami-Dade County.

Saint Leo University

Location: Saint Leo, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 8,462
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,627

Saint Leo University is a private, nonprofit, Roman Catholic liberal arts university established in 1889. Its primary campus is located in St. Leo, Florida, 35 miles north of Tampa in Pasco County.

Location: Naples, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 421
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,645

Hodges University (formerly International College), is a private university in Naples, Florida. Founded in 1990 as International College, it was renamed Hodges University in 2007. The Fort Myers campus opened in 1992.

Location: Lake Wales, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 1,001
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,689

Warner University is a Christ-centered, private, liberal arts college in Lake Wales, Florida, affiliated with the Church of God.

University Of Central Florida

Location: Orlando, FL
# Of Undergraduates: 28,252
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,711

The University of Central Florida, or UCF, is an American public state university in Orlando, Florida. Among U.S. colleges and universities, it is the largest by enrollment at a single campus.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Florida

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Johnson & Wales University-North Miami 2,843
2 Nova Southeastern University 2,857
3 Florida Atlantic University 3,158
4 Barry University 3,189
5 Adventist University of Health Sciences 3,218
6 University of Miami 3,614
7 Saint Leo University 3,627
8 Hodges University 3,645
9 Warner University 3,689
10 University of Central Florida 3,711
11 University of South Florida-Main Campus 3,714
12 Webber International University 3,805
13 Trinity College of Florida 3,951
14 Trinity International University-Florida 4,027
15 University of Florida 4,121
16 Saint John Vianney College Seminary 4,171
17 St Thomas University 4,256
18 Ringling College of Art and Design 4,274
19 Lynn University 4,445
20 Jacksonville University 4,603
21 Palm Beach Atlantic University 4,634
22 Southeastern University 4,686
23 Trinity Baptist College 4,695
24 Florida State University 4,837
25 The University of West Florida 4,890
26 Florida Gulf Coast University 5,068
27 Florida Institute of Technology 5,072
28 Rollins College 5,092
29 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach 5,114
30 University of North Florida 5,129
31 Stetson University 5,130
32 Florida International University 5,362
33 Johnson University Florida 5,532
34 The University of Tampa 5,582
35 Florida Southern College 6,219
36 Eckerd College 6,552
37 Hobe Sound Bible College 6,610
38 The Baptist College of Florida 6,978
39 Flagler College-St Augustine 7,446
40 Edward Waters College 8,036
41 Bethune-Cookman University 8,385
42 Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 8,507
43 Florida Memorial University 8,703
44 Carlos Albizu University-Miami 9,294
45 Talmudic College of Florida 10,000

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