The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Missouri For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Missouri.
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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 Missouri, 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 Missouri? After running the numbers on 48 colleges and universities, we landed on Park University as the most diverse college in Missouri.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Missouri For 2020

  1. Park University
  2. Washington University in St Louis
  3. Columbia College
  4. University of Missouri-Kansas City
  5. Avila University
  6. Missouri Valley College
  7. Saint Louis Christian College
  8. University of Missouri-St Louis
  9. Kansas City Art Institute
  10. Webster University

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

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

For more reading on Missouri, check out:

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

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 48 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 Park University or Washington University in St Louis.

Park University

Location: Parkville, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 9,024
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,764

Park University is a private institution that was founded in 1875. As of 2018, it has a total undergraduate enrollment of 18,700. Its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 700 acres. Park University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Council of Independent Colleges and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Missouri.

Washington University In St Louis
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Saint Louis, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 6,695
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,240

Washington University in St. Louis is a private research university located in the St. Louis metropolitan area and in Missouri, United States. Founded in 1853, and named after George Washington, the university has students and faculty from all 50 U.S. states and more than 120 countries. As of 2017, 24 Nobel laureates have been affiliated with Washington University, nine having done the major part of their pioneering research at the university. Washington University's undergraduate program is ranked 18th by U.S. News & World Report in 2018 and 11th by the Wall Street Journal in their 2018 rankings. The university is ranked 20th in the world in 2017 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The acceptance rate for the class of 2022 was 15%, with students selected from over 31,000 applications.

Location: Columbia, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 7,797
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,271

Columbia College may refer to one of several institutions of higher education in North America:

University Of Missouri-Kansas City

Location: Kansas City, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 8,091
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,346

The University of Missouri-Kansas City is a public research university serving the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, UMKC is one of four system campuses that collectively constitute the University of Missouri, and one of only 2 with a medical school.

Avila University
Source: Public domain

Location: Kansas City, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 1,123
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,619

Avila University is a private university in Kansas City, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. It offers bachelor's degrees in 36 majors and master's degrees -- Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, Master in Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Organizational Development, and Master of Arts in Education. Its 13 buildings are situated on a campus of 50 acres in the heart of Kansas City. They include four residence halls, a fieldhouse and auxiliary pavilion for basketball and volleyball; a sports complex for football, baseball, softball, and soccer; a library, a theatre, a chapel, and some classroom facilities.

Missouri Valley College

Location: Marshall, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 1,549
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,688

Missouri Valley College is a private, four-year liberal arts college that is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The 150-acre campus is in Marshall, Missouri. The college was founded in 1889 and supports 40 academic majors and an enrollment close to 1,800 students. Missouri Valley College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Location: Florissant, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 195
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,901

St. Louis Christian College is a private four year undergraduate Bible college located at 1360 Grandview Drive in Florissant, Missouri. It is theologically and ecclesiastically associated with the Restoration Movement of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. It is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

University Of Missouri-St Louis
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Saint Louis, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 12,737
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,079

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is public research university located outside St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Established in 1963, it is one of four universities in the University of Missouri System and its newest. UMSL's campus is located on the former grounds of the Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis County, with an address in St. Louis city. The campus stretches into the municipalities of Bellerive, Bel-Nor and Normandy. Additional facilities are located at the former site of Marillac College and at Grand Center, both in St. Louis city.

Kansas City Art Institute
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Kansas City, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 527
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,104

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent, four-year college of fine arts and design founded in 1885 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Webster University

Location: Saint Louis, MO
# Of Undergraduates: 3,639
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,148

Webster University is an American non-profit private university with its main campus in Webster Groves, Missouri.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Missouri

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Park University 3,764
2 Washington University in St Louis 4,240
3 Columbia College 4,271
4 University of Missouri-Kansas City 4,346
5 Avila University 4,619
6 Missouri Valley College 4,688
7 Saint Louis Christian College 4,901
8 University of Missouri-St Louis 5,079
9 Kansas City Art Institute 5,104
10 Webster University 5,148
11 Lincoln University 5,197
12 Stephens College 5,242
13 Saint Louis University 5,542
14 Lindenwood University 5,605
15 Conception Seminary College 5,759
16 Culver-Stockton College 6,203
17 Fontbonne University 6,210
18 University of Central Missouri 6,430
19 Calvary University 6,489
20 Missouri Baptist University 6,541
21 Rockhurst University 6,653
22 Logan University 6,681
23 Missouri Southern State University 6,758
24 University of Missouri-Columbia 6,829
25 Saint Luke's College of Health Sciences 6,872
26 Maryville University of Saint Louis 6,920
27 Missouri Western State University 6,982
28 Central Christian College of the Bible 7,005
29 William Jewell College 7,083
30 Westminster College 7,104
31 Drury University 7,142
32 Northwest Missouri State University 7,199
33 Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 7,235
34 Southeast Missouri State University 7,287
35 Evangel University 7,307
36 Baptist Bible College 7,384
37 Missouri State University-Springfield 7,397
38 Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing 7,415
39 Missouri University of Science and Technology 7,447
40 Harris-Stowe State University 7,607
41 Ozark Christian College 7,621
42 Truman State University 7,662
43 Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary 7,701
44 Hannibal-LaGrange University 7,719
45 Southwest Baptist University 7,862
46 William Woods University 7,934
47 Cox College 8,653
48 College of the Ozarks 8,923

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