The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Indiana For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Indiana.
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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 Indiana, 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 Indiana? After running the numbers on 45 colleges and universities, we landed on Calumet College of Saint Joseph as the most diverse college in Indiana.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Indiana For 2020

  1. Calumet College of Saint Joseph
  2. Indiana University-Northwest
  3. Purdue University-Calumet Campus
  4. Indiana Institute of Technology
  5. Earlham College
  6. Holy Cross College
  7. Indiana State University
  8. Goshen College
  9. University of Notre Dame
  10. Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

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

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

For more reading on Indiana, check out:

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

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 Calumet College of Saint Joseph or Indiana University-Northwest.

Calumet College Of Saint Joseph

Location: Whiting, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 975
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,370

Calumet College of St. Joseph is a private Catholic college in Whiting, Indiana. It has additional campuses in Chicago, Illinois and Merrillville, Indiana. The college was founded in 1951 as an extension of Saint Joseph's College and is associated with the Missionaries of the Precious Blood. It currently enrolls 1035 students.

Indiana University-Northwest

Location: Gary, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 4,101
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,900

Indiana University Northwest is a public university in Gary, Indiana. It is a regional campus of Indiana University and was established in 1963.

Location: Hammond, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 8,088
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,190

Purdue University Northwest is a public university with two campuses located in Northwest Indiana, near Chicago and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. It offers more than 70 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to approximately 11,000 students and has more than 64,000 alumni.

Indiana Institute Of Technology

Location: Fort Wayne, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 2,052
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,222

The Indiana Institute of Technology is a private non-profit, Ph.D.-granting university in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was founded in 1930 as Indiana Technical College by John A. Kalbfleisch, who was also the school's first president.

Earlham College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Richmond, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,104
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,820

Earlham College is a private, liberal arts college in Richmond, Indiana. Established in 1847 by the Religious Society of Friends, Earlham welcomes students of all faiths and offers an education rooted in such Quaker values as integrity, a commitment to peace and social justice, mutual respect and community decision-making.

Holy Cross College

Location: Notre Dame, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 485
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,335

The College of the Holy Cross or better known simply as Holy Cross is a private, undergraduate, Roman Catholic, Jesuit liberal arts college located in Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and one of the oldest in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranked Holy Cross 25th in the U.S. among liberal arts colleges in 2014. Holy Cross is the only Catholic college among the top 50 liberal arts schools on the U.S. News list.

Indiana State University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Terre Haute, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 9,537
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,371

Indiana State University is a public university in Terre Haute, Indiana. It was founded in 1865 and offers over 100 undergraduate majors and more than 75 graduate and professional programs. Indiana State is classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as a Doctoral/Research University.

Goshen College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Goshen, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 1,041
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,608

Goshen College is a private liberal arts college in Goshen, Indiana. The institution was founded in 1894 as the Elkhart Institute of Science, Industry and the Arts, and is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. U.S. News and World Reports ranks Goshen as a top-tier regional college in the Midwestern United States.

University Of Notre Dame

Location: Notre Dame, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 8,038
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,628

The University of Notre Dame du Lac is a private, non-profit Catholic research university in the community of Notre Dame, Indiana, near the city of South Bend, in the United States. The main campus covers 1,250 acres in a suburban setting and it contains a number of recognizable landmarks, such as the Golden Dome, the \"Word of Life\" mural, the Notre Dame Stadium, and the Basilica. The school was founded on November 26, 1842, by Father Edward Sorin, CSC, who was also its first president.

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

Location: Marion, IN
# Of Undergraduates: 5,220
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,753

Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts university headquartered in Marion, Indiana, that is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church denomination. IWU is the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the largest private university in Indiana.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Indiana

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Calumet College of Saint Joseph 3,370
2 Indiana University-Northwest 3,900
3 Purdue University-Calumet Campus 4,190
4 Indiana Institute of Technology 4,222
5 Earlham College 4,820
6 Holy Cross College 5,335
7 Indiana State University 5,371
8 Goshen College 5,608
9 University of Notre Dame 5,628
10 Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion 5,753
11 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 5,809
12 Bethel College-Indiana 6,080
13 Indiana University-South Bend 6,107
14 DePauw University 6,263
15 Valparaiso University 6,356
16 Indiana University-Bloomington 6,539
17 Purdue University-Main Campus 6,550
18 University of Indianapolis 6,554
19 Wabash College 6,594
20 Purdue University-North Central Campus 6,687
21 Marian University 6,711
22 Saint Josephs College 6,770
23 Saint Mary's College 6,784
24 University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne 6,856
25 Manchester University 7,055
26 Ball State University 7,077
27 Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 7,103
28 Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne 7,142
29 Indiana University-Southeast 7,356
30 Grace College and Theological Seminary 7,375
31 Butler University 7,376
32 Oakland City University 7,386
33 Anderson University 7,494
34 Indiana University-Kokomo 7,635
35 Trine University 7,808
36 Franklin College 7,840
37 University of Southern Indiana 7,902
38 Hanover College 7,906
39 Indiana University-East 7,983
40 Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College 7,986
41 Huntington University 8,062
42 Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses 8,085
43 Taylor University 8,088
44 University of Evansville 8,253
45 Martin University 8,785

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