The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Georgia For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Georgia.
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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 Georgia, 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 Georgia? After running the numbers on 42 colleges and universities, we landed on Georgia State University as the most diverse college in Georgia.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Georgia For 2020

  1. Georgia State University
  2. Agnes Scott College
  3. Emory University
  4. Oglethorpe University
  5. Life University
  6. Mercer University
  7. Brewton-Parker College
  8. Wesleyan College
  9. Point University
  10. Brenau University

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

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

For more reading on Georgia, check out:

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

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 42 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 Georgia State University or Agnes Scott College.

Georgia State University

Location: Atlanta, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 16,444
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,986

Georgia State University is a public research university in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, United States. Founded in 2013, it is one of the University System of Georgia's four research universities. It is also the largest institution of higher education based in Georgia and is in the top 10 in the nation, with a total student population circa 52,000, including 32,082 graduate and undergraduate students at the main campus downtown as of 2015.

Agnes Scott College

Location: Decatur, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 892
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,014

Agnes Scott College is a women's private liberal arts college in downtown Decatur, Georgia.

Emory University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Atlanta, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 6,316
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,377

Emory University is a private research university in the Druid Hills neighborhood of the city of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The university was founded as Emory College in 1836 in Oxford, Georgia by the Methodist Episcopal Church and was named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory. In 1915, the college relocated to its present location in Druid Hills and was rechartered as Emory University. The university is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia and among the fifty oldest private universities in the United States.

Oglethorpe University

Location: Atlanta, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,169
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,384

Oglethorpe University is a private, liberal arts college in Brookhaven, a northern suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Originally chartered in 1835, it was named in honor of General James Edward Oglethorpe, founder of the Colony of Georgia.

Life University

Location: Marietta, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 314
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,769

Life University is a private university in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta, Georgia, United States, that offers undergraduate, masters, and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. In addition to undergraduate and graduate programs in health and wellness-oriented fields, Life University is best known for its Doctor of Chiropractic degree program. It is the largest single campus chiropractic college in the world.

Mercer University

Location: Macon, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,156
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,857

Mercer University is the oldest private university in Georgia with its main campus in Macon, Georgia, United States. Mercer enrolls more than 8,600 students in 12 colleges and schools: liberal arts, business, engineering, education, music, continuing and professional studies, law, theology, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and health professions. Mercer is a member of the Georgia Research Alliance and has a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest collegiate honors society.Mercer has three major campuses: the historic (main) campus in Macon, a graduate and professional education campus in Atlanta, and a four-year campus of the School of Medicine in Savannah. Mercer also has regional academic centers in Henry County and Douglas County; the Mercer University School of Law on its own campus in Macon; teaching hospitals in Macon, Savannah, and Columbus; a university press and a performing arts center, the Grand Opera House, in Macon; and the Mercer Engineering Research Center in Warner Robins. The Mercer University Health Sciences Center encompasses Mercer's medical, pharmacy, nursing, and health professions programs in Macon, Atlanta, Savannah, and Columbus.U.S. News and World Report (2018 edition) ranks Mercer 133rd among the 310 universities in the National Universities category. Mercer, along with Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and the University of Georgia are the only institutions in Georgia in the top tier. Mercer is also ranked as the 39th best value among the 310 national universities in terms of education relative to cost. Princeton Review consistently ranks Mercer in the top ten percent of colleges and universities in North America, and in 2005, rated Mercer has having one of the top five most beautiful college campuses in North America. Mercer was cited by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its community engagement, and was among the 113 institutions listed on the 2015 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction.Mercer has an NCAA Division I athletic program and fields teams in eight men's and ten women's sports; all university-sponsored sports compete in the Southern Conference except women's sand volleyball, which is not sponsored by the SoCon, and thus compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Brewton-Parker College

Location: Mount Vernon, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,062
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,877

Brewton-Parker College is a private, Christian, coeducational college whose main campus is located in Mount Vernon, Georgia, United States. Brewton-Parker is affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention and celebrated its centennial in 2004.

Wesleyan College

Location: Macon, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 560
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,938

Wesleyan College is a private, liberal arts women's college located in Macon, Georgia, United States. The Wesleyan College Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 2004. It is the oldest member of the elite colleges known as the Seven Sisters of the South.

Location: West Point, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 385
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,994

Point University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university in West Point, Georgia, 60 miles southwest of Atlanta. The liberal arts institution was founded in 1937 as Atlanta Christian College, located in the Atlanta suburb of East Point. In 2011, the college announced a name change to Point University. It relocated its main campus to West Point, Georgia, in June 2012.

Brenau University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Gainesville, GA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,469
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,008

Brenau University is a private, not-for-profit, undergraduate- and graduate-level higher education institution with multiple campuses and online programs. Founded in 1878, the university's main campus is in Gainesville, Georgia. The university enrolls about 3,500 students who seek degrees ranging from two-year associates of arts through doctorates.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Georgia

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Georgia State University 2,986
2 Agnes Scott College 3,014
3 Emory University 3,377
4 Oglethorpe University 3,384
5 Life University 3,769
6 Mercer University 3,857
7 Brewton-Parker College 3,877
8 Wesleyan College 3,938
9 Point University 3,994
10 Brenau University 4,008
11 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 4,028
12 Armstrong State University 4,129
13 Columbus State University 4,143
14 Valdosta State University 4,185
15 University of West Georgia 4,189
16 Luther Rice College & Seminary 4,710
17 Thomas University 4,735
18 Georgia Southern University 4,845
19 Savannah College of Art and Design 4,855
20 Georgia Southwestern State University 4,928
21 Shorter University 4,976
22 Clayton State University 5,230
23 Dalton State College 5,256
24 LaGrange College 5,356
25 University of Georgia 5,521
26 Reinhardt University 5,533
27 Emmanuel College 5,855
28 Toccoa Falls College 6,212
29 Piedmont College 6,418
30 Berry College 7,029
31 Young Harris College 7,251
32 Savannah State University 7,252
33 Beulah Heights University 7,297
34 Georgia College and State University 7,389
35 Truett McConnell University 7,714
36 Covenant College 8,010
37 Albany State University 8,594
38 Paine College 8,753
39 Fort Valley State University 9,340
40 Spelman College 9,399
41 Morehouse College 9,731
42 Clark Atlanta University 9,828

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