The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Michigan For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Michigan.
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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 Michigan, 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 Michigan? After running the numbers on 46 colleges and universities, we landed on Andrews University as the most diverse college in Michigan.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Michigan For 2020

  1. Andrews University
  2. Wayne State University
  3. Grace Bible College
  4. Kalamazoo College
  5. Eastern Michigan University
  6. University of Detroit Mercy
  7. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  8. College for Creative Studies
  9. Marygrove College
  10. University of Michigan-Dearborn

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

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

For more reading on Michigan, check out:

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

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 46 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 Andrews University or Wayne State University.

Andrews University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Berrien Springs, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,736
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,540

Andrews University is a university in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Founded in 1874 as Battle Creek College, it was the first higher education facility started by Seventh-day Adventists, and is the flagship university of the Seventh-day Adventist school system, the world's second largest Christian school system.

The university consists of eight schools or colleges, offering 130 undergraduate majors and 70 graduate majors. In addition, post-baccalaureate degrees are offered by all. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and the Adventist Accrediting Association.

Wayne State University

Location: Detroit, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 18,093
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,306

Wayne State University (WSU) is a public research university located in Detroit, Michigan. Founded in 1868, WSU consists of 13 schools and colleges offering nearly 350 programs to more than 27,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Wayne State University is Michigan's third-largest university, one of the 100 largest universities in the United States, and ranked in the top 50 American public universities for research expenditures.

The WSU main campus encompasses 203 acres linking more than 100 education and research buildings in the heart of Detroit.

The Wayne State Warriors compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Location: Wyoming, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 140
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,638

Grace Bible College is a fundamentalist-evangelical college in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The college is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the Association for Biblical Higher Education to award associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees. The college and affiliated organizations, such as the Grace Gospel Fellowship, hold to several doctrinal distinctives outlined below.

Kalamazoo College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Kalamazoo, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,322
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,966

Kalamazoo College, also known as K College or simply K, is a private liberal arts college founded in 1833 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The college campus is located immediately east of Western Michigan University. The school was founded by American Baptist ministers, but today maintains no religious affiliation.

Eastern Michigan University

Location: Ypsilanti, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 18,189
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,045

Eastern Michigan University is a comprehensive, co-educational public university in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ypsilanti is 35 miles west of Detroit and eight miles east of Ann Arbor. The university was founded in 1849 as Michigan State Normal School. Today, the university is governed by an eight-member Board of Regents whose members are appointed by the Governor of Michigan for eight-year terms. The school belongs to the Mid-American Conference and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Since 1991 EMU athletics has gone by the name \"Eagles\". Then in 1994, \"Swoop\" was officially adopted by the university as the school's mascot. Currently, EMU comprises seven colleges and schools: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Services, College of Technology, an Honors College, and a Graduate School. The university's site is composed of an academic and athletic campus spread across 800 acres, with over 120 buildings. EMU has a total enrollment of more than 23,000 students.

University Of Detroit Mercy
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Detroit, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 3,830
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,251

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private, Roman Catholic co-educational university in Detroit, Michigan, United States, sponsored by both the Society of Jesus and the Religious Sisters of Mercy. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D., is the president. Founded in 1877, it is the largest Roman Catholic university in Michigan. It has three campuses, where it offers more than a hundred academic degrees and programs of study in liberal arts, clinical psychology, business, dentistry, education, law, engineering, architecture, nursing and allied health professions.

University Of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Ann Arbor, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 24,412
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,304

The University of Michigan, often simply referred to as Michigan, is a public research university in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The University of Michigan is the state's oldest university, founded in 1817 in Detroit, Michigan as the Catholepistemiad, or University of Michigania, 20 years before the Michigan Territory became a state. It moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 onto 40 acres of what is now known as Central Campus. Since its establishment in Ann Arbor, the university campus has expanded to include more than 584 major buildings with a combined area of more than 34million gross square feet spread out over a Central Campus and North Campus, two regional campuses in Flint and Dearborn, and a Center in Detroit. The University was a founding member of the Association of American Universities.

Location: Detroit, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,086
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,361

College for Creative Studies (CCS) is a private college in Detroit, Michigan. The college enrolls more than 1,400 students and focuses on arts education. The college is also active in offering art education to children through its Community Arts Partnerships program and its Henry Ford Academy: School for Creative Studies.

Marygrove College

Location: Detroit, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 914
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,421

Marygrove College is an independent, Catholic, liberal arts college located in Detroit, Michigan. The college is sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

University Of Michigan-Dearborn

Location: Dearborn, MI
# Of Undergraduates: 6,615
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,524

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is a public university located in Dearborn, Michigan, United States. It is one of the two regional campuses of the University of Michigan operating under the policies of the Board of Regents. The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is located 35 miles to the west; the other regional campus is in Flint which is located 70 miles to the west.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Michigan

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Andrews University 2,540
2 Wayne State University 4,306
3 Grace Bible College 4,638
4 Kalamazoo College 4,966
5 Eastern Michigan University 5,045
6 University of Detroit Mercy 5,251
7 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 5,304
8 College for Creative Studies 5,361
9 Marygrove College 5,421
10 University of Michigan-Dearborn 5,524
11 University of Michigan-Flint 5,742
12 Sacred Heart Major Seminary 5,798
13 Siena Heights University 5,860
14 Rochester College 5,888
15 Western Michigan University 5,949
16 Olivet College 6,035
17 Finlandia University 6,134
18 Madonna University 6,160
19 Davenport University 6,162
20 Michigan State University 6,256
21 Great Lakes Christian College 6,436
22 Adrian College 6,460
23 Northwood University 6,533
24 Cornerstone University 6,556
25 Oakland University 6,558
26 Lawrence Technological University 6,565
27 Concordia University-Ann Arbor 6,653
28 Spring Arbor University 6,728
29 Saginaw Valley State University 6,832
30 Ferris State University 6,848
31 Central Michigan University 6,938
32 Albion College 7,018
33 Calvin College 7,081
34 Grand Valley State University 7,109
35 Kettering University 7,151
36 Hope College 7,265
37 Aquinas College 7,444
38 Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration 7,582
39 Lake Superior State University 7,668
40 Alma College 7,727
41 Northern Michigan University 7,824
42 Kuyper College 7,909
43 Cleary University 7,989
44 Michigan Technological University 8,542
45 Yeshiva Gedolah of Greater Detroit 10,000
46 Michigan Jewish Institute 10,000

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