The 6 Most Diverse Colleges In Hawaii For 2020

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

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Hawaii For 2020

  1. Chaminade University of Honolulu
  2. University of Hawaii at Hilo
  3. Hawaii Pacific University
  4. University of Hawaii-West Oahu
  5. University of Hawaii at Manoa
  6. Brigham Young University-Hawaii

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

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

For more reading on Hawaii, check out:

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

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 Chaminade University of Honolulu or University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Chaminade University Of Honolulu

Location: Honolulu, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,038
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,133

Chaminade University of Honolulu is a private co-educational university in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. Founded in 1955 by the Society of Mary, a Roman Catholic religious order also known as the Marianists, Chaminade is located in the historic Kaimuki district of Honolulu at the base of St. Louis Heights. Chaminade offers bachelor's degrees in 23 fields of study and five master's degree programs. The school specializes in biology, business, criminal justice, education, forensic sciences, interior design, nursing, and religious studies. Chaminade University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

University Of Hawaii At Hilo

Location: Hilo, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,646
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,210

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo or UH Hilo is a public co-educational university in Hilo, Hawaiʻi, United States. It is one of ten branches of the University of Hawaiʻi system. It was founded as Hawaiʻi Vocational College (Hawaiʻi College) in 1941. In 1970 it was reorganized by an act of the Hawaiʻi State Legislature.

The university has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1976. It offers thirty-three undergraduate and three graduate degree programs, and has about 3000 students; most are residents of Hawaiʻi, but there are many international students too.

Hawaii Pacific University
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Honolulu, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 6,313
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,226

Hawai'i Pacific University, commonly referred to as HPU, is a private, and nonsectarian university in Honolulu and Kaneohe, Hawai-i. HPU is the largest private university in the central Pacific, most noted for its diverse student body of nearly 5,000 students, representing nearly 65 countries. The school's top academic programs are in Business Administration, Nursing, Biology, Diplomacy and Military Studies, and Social Work.

Oceanic Institute of HPU, an aquaculture research facility, is located at Makapu-u Point. HPU is also present on military installations on the island of O-ahu.

University Of Hawaii-West Oahu

Location: Kapolei, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 665
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,698

The University of Hawai-i-West O-ahu, is a public university and one of ten branches of the University of Hawai-i system. It offers baccalaureate degrees in liberal arts and professional studies. Hawaii-West Oahu opened in January 1976, and since 1981 has been fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Until 2007 the school offered only third- and fourth-year courses, and became a four-year university in that year.

University Of Hawaii At Manoa
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Honolulu, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 11,721
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,791

The University of Hawaii at Mnoa is a public co-educational research university as well as the flagship campus of the University of Hawaii system. The school is located in Mnoa, an affluent neighborhood of Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, United States, approximately three miles east and inland from downtown Honolulu and one mile from Ala Moana and Waikiki. The campus occupies the eastern half of the mouth of Mnoa Valley. The John A. Burns School of Medicine, part of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, is located in Kaka'ako, adjacent to the Kaka'ako Waterfront Park. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges from the western mainland U.S. and is governed by the Hawaii State Legislature and a semi-autonomous board of regents, which in turn, hires a president to be administrator. This university campus also houses the main offices of the entire University of Hawaii system.

Brigham Young University-Hawaii
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Laie, HI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,353
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,929

Classes began at BYU-Hawaii in September 1955 as the Church College of Hawaii to accommodate the burgeoning LDS population in the Territory of Hawaii. This was largely a result of McKay's views on both education and strengthening the church outside of its longtime intermountain west U.S. base. The original class consisted of 153 students and 20 faculty meeting in old World War II buildings, with Reuben D. Law as the school's first president. The school's first buildings were dedicated on December 17, 1958. The college was at first a two-year college but was reorganized in 1959 to become a four-year college. By 1961 the college had been granted four-year accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dormitories, a cafeteria, and other buildings had also been constructed.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Hawaii

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Chaminade University of Honolulu 2,133
2 University of Hawaii at Hilo 2,210
3 Hawaii Pacific University 2,226
4 University of Hawaii-West Oahu 2,698
5 University of Hawaii at Manoa 2,791
6 Brigham Young University-Hawaii 3,929

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