The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Massachusetts For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Massachusetts.
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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 Massachusetts, 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 Massachusetts? After running the numbers on 72 colleges and universities, we landed on Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the most diverse college in Massachusetts.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Massachusetts For 2020

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. University of Massachusetts-Boston
  3. Newbury College
  4. Amherst College
  5. Wellesley College
  6. Cambridge College
  7. Pine Manor College
  8. Harvard University
  9. American International College
  10. Fisher College

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Massachusetts Institute of Technology to your college visit road trip.

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

For more reading on Massachusetts, check out:

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

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 72 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 Massachusetts Institute of Technology or University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Massachusetts Institute Of Technology

Location: Cambridge, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 4,258
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,885

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, MIT adopted a European polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering. The Institute is traditionally known for its research and education in the physical sciences and engineering, but more recently in biology, economics, linguistics and management as well. MIT is often ranked among the world's top universities.

University Of Massachusetts-Boston
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Boston, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 10,442
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,923

The University of Massachusetts Boston, also known as UMass Boston, is an urban public research university and the third-largest campus in the five-campus University of Massachusetts system.

Location: Brookline, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,152
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,993

Newbury College may refer to:

Newbury College (England), a further education college in England

Newbury College (United States), a career-focused college in Brookline, Massachusetts

Amherst College

Location: Amherst, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,695
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,088

Amherst College AM-rst) is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1821 as an attempt to relocate Williams College by its president, Zephaniah Swift Moore, Amherst is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. The institution was named after the town, which in turn had been named after Lord Jeffery Amherst. Amherst was established as a men's college and became coeducational in 1975.

Wellesley College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Wellesley, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,287
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,158

Wellesley College is a private women's liberal arts college located west of Boston in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 1870 by Henry and Pauline Durant, it is a member of the original Seven Sisters Colleges. Wellesley is home to 56 departmental and interdepartmental majors spanning the liberal arts, as well as over 150 student clubs and organizations. The college is also known for allowing its students to cross-register at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Brandeis University, Babson College and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Wellesley athletes compete in the NCAA Division III New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference.

Cambridge College

Location: Cambridge, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 397
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,191

Cambridge College is a private, non-profit college based in Boston, Massachusetts, specializing in adult education.

Pine Manor College

Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 370
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,217

Pine Manor College is a private, liberal arts college located in the Chestnut Hill area of Brookline, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. It was founded in 1911 and was historically a women-only college until 2014, when it admitted its first male students. It currently serves 450 students, 75% of whom live on the 60-acre campus.

Harvard University

Location: Cambridge, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 9,884
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,353

Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor clergyman John Harvard, Harvard is the United States' oldest institution of higher learning, and its history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world's most prestigious universities. The Harvard Corporation is its first chartered corporation. Although never formally affiliated with any denomination, the early College primarily trained Congregational and Unitarian clergy. Its curriculum and student body were gradually secularized during the 18th century, and by the 19th century, Harvard had emerged as the central cultural establishment among Boston elites. Following the American Civil War, President Charles W. Eliot's long tenure transformed the college and affiliated professional schools into a modern research university; Harvard was a founding member of the Association of American Universities in 1900.

American International College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Springfield, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,102
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,403

American International College is a private, co-educational liberal arts college located in the Mason Square neighborhood of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Fisher College
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Boston, MA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,513
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,731

Fisher College is a private college in Boston, Massachusetts. Fisher also has satellite locations in North Attleboro, Brockton, and New Bedford. The college is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Massachusetts

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2,885
2 University of Massachusetts-Boston 2,923
3 Newbury College 2,993
4 Amherst College 3,088
5 Wellesley College 3,158
6 Cambridge College 3,191
7 Pine Manor College 3,217
8 Harvard University 3,353
9 American International College 3,403
10 Fisher College 3,731
11 Babson College 3,778
12 Williams College 3,842
13 Boston Architectural College 3,853
14 Smith College 3,860
15 MCPHS University 3,877
16 Boston University 3,880
17 Eastern Nazarene College 3,896
18 Suffolk University 3,998
19 Regis College 4,047
20 Bay Path University 4,167
21 Mount Holyoke College 4,195
22 Berklee College of Music 4,300
23 Brandeis University 4,361
24 The New England Conservatory of Music 4,525
25 Northeastern University 4,531
26 Wheelock College 4,785
27 University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth 4,963
28 School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University 5,026
29 Tufts University 5,077
30 University of Massachusetts-Lowell 5,108
31 Mount Ida College 5,155
32 Boston College 5,161
33 Simmons College 5,367
34 Salem State University 5,388
35 Lesley University 5,517
36 Clark University 5,615
37 Framingham State University 5,624
38 Hampshire College 5,678
39 Massachusetts College of Art and Design 5,701
40 Fitchburg State University 5,720
41 Wentworth Institute of Technology 5,725
42 Worcester State University 5,761
43 Emerson College 5,802
44 The Boston Conservatory 5,807
45 College of Our Lady of the Elms 5,807
46 Anna Maria College 5,843
47 Bentley University 5,848
48 Emmanuel College 5,855
49 College of the Holy Cross 5,943
50 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 5,969
51 Montserrat College of Art 6,000
52 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts 6,019
53 Becker College 6,047
54 Wheaton College 6,090
55 Worcester Polytechnic Institute 6,125
56 Gordon College 6,273
57 Curry College 6,338
58 Bridgewater State University 6,358
59 Lasell College 6,427
60 Western New England University 6,509
61 Westfield State University 6,536
62 Assumption College 6,681
63 Nichols College 6,774
64 Springfield College 7,285
65 Stonehill College 7,427
66 Saint John's Seminary 7,550
67 Merrimack College 7,580
68 Endicott College 8,007
69 Massachusetts Maritime Academy 8,232
70 Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology 8,277
71 Boston Baptist College 8,417
72 Hebrew College 10,000

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