The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Kentucky For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Kentucky.
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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 Kentucky, 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 Kentucky? After running the numbers on 29 colleges and universities, we landed on Berea College as the most diverse college in Kentucky.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Kentucky For 2020

  1. Berea College
  2. Kentucky State University
  3. Spalding University
  4. Union College
  5. Brescia University
  6. University of Louisville
  7. Saint Catharine College
  8. University of Kentucky
  9. Campbellsville University
  10. Western Kentucky University

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

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

For more reading on Kentucky, check out:

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

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 29 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 Berea College or Kentucky State University.

Berea College

Location: Berea, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 1,590
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,767

Berea College is a liberal arts work college in the city of Berea, in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is located in Madison County, approximately 35 miles south of Lexington. Founded in 1855, Berea College is distinctive among post-secondary institutions for providing free education to students and for having been the first college in the Southern United States to be coeducational and racially integrated. Berea College charges no tuition; every admitted student is provided the equivalent of a four-year, full-tuition scholarship.

Kentucky State University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Frankfort, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 2,129
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,859

Kentucky State University is a public university in Frankfort, Kentucky. Founded in 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons, KSU was the second state-supported institution of higher learning in Kentucky. It had a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,568 and a total graduate enrollment of 168 in fall 2016.

Spalding University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Louisville, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 1,098
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,401

Spalding University is a private, co-educational university in Louisville, Kentucky affiliated with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.

Union College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Barbourville, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 638
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,730

Union College is a private, non-denominational liberal arts college located in Schenectady, New York. Founded in 1795, it was the first institution of higher learning chartered by the New York State Board of Regents. In the 19th century, it became the \"Mother of Fraternities\", as three of the earliest such organizations were established there. After 175 years as a traditional all-male institution, Union College began enrolling women in 1970.

Brescia University

Location: Owensboro, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 688
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,025

Brescia University is a coeducational Catholic university in Owensboro, Kentucky, in the United States. Founded as a junior college for women, it is now a coeducational university offering undergraduate and master's programs.

University Of Louisville

Location: Louisville, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 14,464
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,072

The University of Louisville is a public university in Louisville, Kentucky, a member of the Kentucky state university system. When founded in 1798, it was the first city-owned public university in the United States and one of the first universities chartered west of the Allegheny Mountains. The university is mandated by the Kentucky General Assembly to be a \"Preeminent Metropolitan Research University\". UofL enrolls students from 118 of 120 Kentucky counties, all 50 U.S. states, and 116 countries around the world.

Saint Catharine College

Location: Saint Catharine, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 525
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,412

St. Catharine College was a small Roman Catholic liberal arts college located near Springfield, Kentucky in the United States. The college was formerly accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and had a peak enrollment of 750 students.

University Of Kentucky
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Lexington, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 16,897
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,651

The University of Kentucky is a public co-educational university in Lexington, Kentucky. Founded in 1865 by John Bryan Bowman as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, the university is one of the state's two land-grant universities, the largest college or university in the state, with 30,720 students as of Fall 2015, and the highest ranked research university in the state according to U.S. News and World Report.

Campbellsville University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Campbellsville, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 1,500
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,792

Campbellsville University is a private university in Campbellsville, Kentucky, United States. Founded as Russell Creek Academy, a Baptist institution, the university currently enrolls more than 4,000 students and is open to students of all denominations. The university offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

Western Kentucky University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bowling Green, KY
# Of Undergraduates: 13,235
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,833

Western Kentucky University is a public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States. It was founded by the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 1906, though its roots reach back a quarter-century earlier. In the fall 2016 semester, enrollment was approximately 20,000.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Kentucky

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Berea College 4,767
2 Kentucky State University 4,859
3 Spalding University 5,401
4 Union College 5,730
5 Brescia University 6,025
6 University of Louisville 6,072
7 Saint Catharine College 6,412
8 University of Kentucky 6,651
9 Campbellsville University 6,792
10 Western Kentucky University 6,833
11 Kentucky Wesleyan College 6,869
12 Georgetown College 6,996
13 Midway University 7,065
14 Transylvania University 7,123
15 Centre College 7,142
16 Lindsey Wilson College 7,201
17 University of Pikeville 7,221
18 Northern Kentucky University 7,341
19 Thomas More College 7,345
20 Asbury University 7,422
21 Murray State University 7,560
22 Kentucky Christian University 7,586
23 Bellarmine University 7,627
24 Eastern Kentucky University 7,723
25 University of the Cumberlands 7,942
26 Morehead State University 8,499
27 Kentucky Mountain Bible College 9,291
28 Alice Lloyd College 9,353
29 Clear Creek Baptist Bible College 9,684

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