The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Maryland For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Maryland.
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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 Maryland, 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 Maryland? After running the numbers on 27 colleges and universities, we landed on Johns Hopkins University as the most diverse college in Maryland.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Maryland For 2020

  1. Johns Hopkins University
  2. University of Maryland-Baltimore County
  3. University of Maryland-University College
  4. Capitol Technology University
  5. University of Maryland-College Park
  6. University of Baltimore
  7. Washington Adventist University
  8. University of Maryland Baltimore
  9. Maryland Institute College of Art
  10. Notre Dame of Maryland University

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

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

For more reading on Maryland, check out:

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

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 27 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 Johns Hopkins University or University of Maryland-Baltimore County.

Johns Hopkins University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 5,278
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,188

Johns Hopkins University is an American private research university in Baltimore, Maryland. Founded in 1876, the university was named for its first benefactor, the American entrepreneur, abolitionist, and philanthropist Johns Hopkins. His $7 million bequest --of which half financed the establishment of Johns Hopkins Hospital--was the largest philanthropic gift in the history of the United States at that time. Daniel Coit Gilman, who was inaugurated as the institution's first president on February 22, 1876, led the university to revolutionize higher education in the U.S. by integrating teaching and research. Adopting the concept of a graduate school from Germany's ancient Heidelberg University, Johns Hopkins University is considered the first research university in the United States.

University Of Maryland-Baltimore County

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 9,101
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,189

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County is an American public research university, located in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States, mostly in the community of Catonsville, approximately 10 minutes from downtown Baltimore City. With a fall 2017 enrollment of 13,662 students, 48 undergraduate majors, over 60 graduate programs and the first university research park in Maryland, UMBC has been named the #1 Up-and-Coming University for six years in a row, since 2009, by US News & World Report. In addition, US News & World Report has placed UMBC in the top ten for best undergraduate teaching six years in a row, being placed at #5, the second highest-ranked public university.

University Of Maryland-University College

Location: Adelphi, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 13,226
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,251

The University of Maryland University College is an American public not-for-profit university located in Adelphi in Prince George's County, Maryland in the United States. UMUC offers classes and programs on campus in its Academic Center in Largo, and at satellite campuses across the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area, throughout Maryland, as well as in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Capitol Technology University

Location: Laurel, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 684
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,436

Capitol Technology University is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, regionally-accredited university northeast of Washington, DC. It is located on 52 acres in unincorporated South Laurel, Maryland in Prince George's County, west of the Baltimore-Washington Parkway between Laurel-Bowie Road to the north and Powder Mill Road to the south.

University Of Maryland-College Park
Source: Wikipedia

Location: College Park, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 24,638
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,611

The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university located in the city of College Park in Prince George's County, Maryland, approximately 4 miles from the northeast border of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1856, the university is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland. The University of Maryland is the largest university in the state and the largest in the Washington metropolitan area, with a fall 2016 enrollment of more than 39,000 students, as well as over 100 undergraduate majors and 120 graduate programs. It is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference. The University of Maryland has been labeled as one of the "Public Ivies," a publicly funded university considered as providing a quality of education comparable to those of the Ivy League.

University Of Baltimore

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 2,016
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,745

The University of Baltimore, located in midtown Baltimore, in the U.S. state of Maryland, in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood at 1420 N. Charles Street, is part of the University System of Maryland. The university is a public undergraduate, graduate, and professional university located in the heart of the state's largest city. UB's schools and colleges provide education in business, law, public affairs, and the applied arts and sciences.

Washington Adventist University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Takoma Park, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 1,030
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,883

Washington Adventist University is a Seventh-day Adventist liberal arts university operating in Takoma Park, Maryland. Since 2008, when its new president Weymouth Spence announced a restructuring, the school has seen its enrollment increase by 50%.

University Of Maryland Baltimore

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 750
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,005

The University of Maryland, Baltimore, was founded in 1807. It comprises some of the oldest professional schools of dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, social work and nursing in the United States. It is the original campus of the University System of Maryland and has a strategic partnership with the University of Maryland, College Park. Located on 60 acres on the west side of downtown Baltimore, it is part of the University System of Maryland. Effective July 1, 2010, Jay A. Perman was appointed president of the university by William English Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland.

Maryland Institute College Of Art

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 1,588
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,094

Maryland Institute College of Art is an art and design college in Baltimore, Maryland. It was founded in 1826 as the \"Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts\", making it one of the oldest art colleges in the United States.

Notre Dame Of Maryland University

Location: Baltimore, MD
# Of Undergraduates: 1,930
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,154

Notre Dame of Maryland University is a private, Catholic-affiliated, university located in Baltimore, Maryland, United States. NDMU offers Maryland's only women's college, as well as certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. programs for women and men.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Maryland

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Johns Hopkins University 3,188
2 University of Maryland-Baltimore County 3,189
3 University of Maryland-University College 3,251
4 Capitol Technology University 3,436
5 University of Maryland-College Park 3,611
6 University of Baltimore 3,745
7 Washington Adventist University 3,883
8 University of Maryland Baltimore 4,005
9 Maryland Institute College of Art 4,094
10 Notre Dame of Maryland University 4,154
11 Frostburg State University 4,246
12 Stevenson University 4,348
13 Towson University 4,543
14 Hood College 4,901
15 Goucher College 5,092
16 Mount St Mary's University 5,174
17 St Mary's College of Maryland 5,655
18 Salisbury University 5,759
19 McDaniel College 5,860
20 University of Maryland Eastern Shore 6,206
21 Loyola University Maryland 6,260
22 St John's College 6,969
23 Washington College 7,285
24 Bowie State University 7,903
25 Morgan State University 8,040
26 Coppin State University 8,655
27 Ner Israel Rabbinical College 10,000

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