The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Illinois For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Illinois.
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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 Illinois, 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 Illinois? After running the numbers on 70 colleges and universities, we landed on Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science as the most diverse college in Illinois.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Illinois For 2020

  1. Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  2. University of Illinois at Chicago
  3. National Louis University
  4. Robert Morris University Illinois
  5. Illinois Institute of Technology
  6. Northeastern Illinois University
  7. Roosevelt University
  8. Rush University
  9. Saint Xavier University
  10. North Park University

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science to your college visit road trip.

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

For more reading on Illinois, check out:

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

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 70 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 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science or University of Illinois at Chicago.

Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine And Science

Location: North Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 14
Diversity Index (HHI): 0

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science is a nonprofit, private, interprofessional graduate school located in North Chicago, Illinois. It has more than 2,000 students in five schools: the Chicago Medical School, the College of Health Professions, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, and the Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine.

University Of Illinois At Chicago
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 16,140
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,757

The University of Illinois at Chicago is a public research university located in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Its campus is in the Near West Side community area, adjacent to the Chicago Loop. The second campus established under the University of Illinois system, UIC is also the largest university in the Chicago area, having approximately 30,000 students enrolled in 15 colleges.

National Louis University

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 3,321
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,057

National Louis University is a private non-profit American university. NLU has locations in and near Chicago, Illinois, as well as in Wisconsin, Florida and Nowy Scz, Poland. Many courses and programs are also offered at-a-distance. Since its founding in 1886, NLU has played a historic role in education, when it helped found the National Kindergarten Movement, and the National Parent Teacher Association and stressed the importance of academic and professional training in early childhood education theory and practice.

Robert Morris University Illinois

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 1,245
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,083

Robert Morris University Illinois, formerly Robert Morris College, is an educational institution in the U.S. state of Illinois that has multiple sites, including locations in Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Arlington Heights, Orland Park, Peoria, Schaumburg, Springfield, and Waukegan. Robert Morris University-Illinois was formerly known as Robert Morris College; however, the institution changed its name to Robert Morris University-Illinois on May 1, 2009. It is a private, accredited, not-for-profit institution with 501 status. It offers associate and bachelor's degrees through the School of Business Administration, Institute of Art and Design, Institute of Technology & Media, Institute of Culinary Arts, and the College of Nursing & Health Studies. In 2006, the Morris Graduate School of Management was established, providing Master of Business Administration and Master of Information Systems programs at the Chicago, DuPage and Orland Park campuses. The graduate program has now expanded to all locations across Illinois. Robert Morris University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education.

Illinois Institute Of Technology

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 1,736
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,146

Illinois Institute of Technology is a private research university in Chicago, Illinois. It was established from the merger in 1940 of Armour Institute and Lewis Institute. The university has programs in engineering, science, psychology, architecture, business, communications, industrial technology, information technology, design and law. It traces its history to several 19th-century engineering and professional education institutions in the United States. The Institute of Design, Chicago-Kent College of Law, and Midwest College of Engineering were also merged into it.

Northeastern Illinois University

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 8,324
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,160

Northeastern Illinois University is a public state university located in Chicago, Illinois. NEIU serves approximately 9,000 students in the region and is a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution. The main campus is located in the community area of North Park with three additional campuses in the metropolitan area. NEIU has one of the longest running free form community radio stations, WZRD Chicago 88.3 FM.

Roosevelt University

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 4,665
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,280

Roosevelt University is a coeducational, private university with campuses in Chicago, Illinois and Schaumburg, Illinois. Founded in 1945, the university is named in honor of both former President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 177
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,430

Rush University is a private university on the West Side of Chicago, Illinois. The university, founded in 1972, is the academic arm of Rush University Medical Center.

Saint Xavier University

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 2,611
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,517

Saint Xavier University is a four-year, coeducational institution of higher learning located on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, United States.

North Park University

Location: Chicago, IL
# Of Undergraduates: 1,655
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,607

North Park University is a private university founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church. It is located on Chicago's north side and enrolls more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Illinois

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 0
2 University of Illinois at Chicago 2,757
3 National Louis University 3,057
4 Robert Morris University Illinois 3,083
5 Illinois Institute of Technology 3,146
6 Northeastern Illinois University 3,160
7 Roosevelt University 3,280
8 Rush University 3,430
9 Saint Xavier University 3,517
10 North Park University 3,607
11 Governors State University 3,626
12 Benedictine University 3,646
13 Northwestern University 3,749
14 American Academy of Art 3,768
15 School of the Art Institute of Chicago 3,795
16 University of Chicago 3,810
17 Concordia University-Chicago 3,870
18 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 3,932
19 DePaul University 4,003
20 Northern Illinois University 4,010
21 East-West University 4,054
22 Dominican University 4,093
23 Columbia College Chicago 4,227
24 Knox College 4,279
25 Loyola University Chicago 4,283
26 Aurora University 4,330
27 Christian Life College 4,537
28 Lake Forest College 4,599
29 VanderCook College of Music 4,664
30 Western Illinois University 4,737
31 Shimer College 4,842
32 Lewis University 4,856
33 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 4,858
34 Judson University 4,943
35 University of Illinois at Springfield 4,999
36 Elmhurst College 5,030
37 University of St Francis 5,160
38 Monmouth College 5,256
39 Trinity International University-Illinois 5,340
40 Eastern Illinois University 5,361
41 Rockford University 5,363
42 Trinity Christian College 5,379
43 Illinois College 5,413
44 National University of Health Sciences 5,539
45 McKendree University 5,838
46 Millikin University 5,852
47 Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville 5,881
48 Wheaton College 6,090
49 North Central College 6,099
50 Illinois State University 6,168
51 MacMurray College 6,215
52 Saint Anthony College of Nursing 6,256
53 Greenville College 6,295
54 Quincy University 6,308
55 Augustana College 6,465
56 Illinois Wesleyan University 6,519
57 Olivet Nazarene University 6,621
58 Bradley University 6,627
59 Blackburn College 6,776
60 Methodist College 6,788
61 Lincoln Christian University 6,873
62 Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences 7,006
63 Lakeview College of Nursing 7,352
64 Eureka College 7,592
65 Chicago State University 7,650
66 Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing 8,566
67 Blessing Rieman College of Nursing and Health Sciences 8,606
68 St. John's College-Department of Nursing 9,002
69 Hebrew Theological College 10,000
70 Telshe Yeshiva-Chicago 10,000

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