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 Montana, 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 Montana? After running the numbers on 9 colleges and universities, we landed on University of Great Falls as the most diverse college in Montana.
Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in Montana for 2020.
If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add University of Great Falls to your college visit road trip.
Read on for more about the colleges and the methodology behind the data.
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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 Montana.
Here's what we looked at specifically in terms of the racial breakdown by percentage at each institution:
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 9 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 University of Great Falls or Montana State University-Northern.
Location: Great Falls, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 893
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,457
University of Great Falls is a private Roman Catholic university located in Great Falls, Montana within the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings. The university is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. The University's mission "is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a liberal education for living and for making a living."
Location: Havre, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,389
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,584
Montana State University-Northern is a public state university, part of the Montana State University System, located in Havre, in the U.S. state of Montana. Montana State University-Northern was known as Northern Montana College prior to the restructuring of Montana's public university system. It has an operating budget for fiscal year 2007 of $12,540,000. In 1913, the Montana State Legislature approved the establishment of the Northern Montana Agricultural and Manual Training School at Fort Assinniboine, six miles southwest of Havre, but no money was actually appropriated. The State Legislature amended their original act in 1927 to include certain academic subjects and in 1929, the Legislature appropriated funds to establish the college as a branch of the University of Montana. Northern Montana College opened its doors in September 1929 in temporary quarters in Havre High School, and moved to its present campus in 1932.
Location: Billings, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 784
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,954
Rocky Mountain College, located in Billings, in the U.S. state of Montana, is a private comprehensive college offering 50 liberal arts- and professionally oriented- majors in 24 undergraduate disciplines. In fall 2013, the college had 1069 enrolled students. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, and the United Church of Christ.
Location: Billings, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 3,336
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,267
Montana State University Billings is a state university. Its main campus is located on 110 acres in downtown Billings, Montana, United States. Formerly Eastern Montana Normal School when it was founded in 1927, it was then renamed in 1949 to Eastern Montana College of Education. In 1965, it became a full-fledged four-year college as Eastern Montana College. It merged with Montana State University in 1994 under its present name. Currently, the university offers associates, bachelor's and master's degrees through the Universitys five colleges. The five colleges of Montana State University Billings are Arts and Sciences, Business, Allied Health professions, Education and City College. It has the third largest campus population in the Montana State University System. Unlike the two bigger universities in the state, MSU Billings has a large proportion of non-traditional students: 40 percent.
Location: Missoula, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 10,666
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,296
The University of Montana is a public research university in Missoula, Montana, in the United States. Founded in 1893, the university is a flagship institution of the Montana University System and its second largest campus. The main campus is at the foot of Mount Sentinel, the hill bearing Missoula's most recognizable landmark, a large hillside letter \"M.\"
Location: Helena, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,251
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,727
Carroll College is a small, private, Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Helena, Montana, United States. Carroll College has earned national and regional awards for its academic programs, most notably in its Pre-Med and Nursing Majors. Carroll's colors are purple and gold. The school's sports teams are labelled the Saints, colloquially known as the \"Fighting Saints.\" Their speech and debate team is known as the \"Talking Saints.\"
Location: Bozeman, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 10,441
Diversity Index (HHI): 8,037
Montana State University is a land-grant university located in Bozeman, Montana, United States. It is the state's largest university and primary campus in the Montana State University System, which is part of the Montana University System. MSU offers baccalaureate degrees in 51 fields, master's degrees in 41 fields, and doctoral degrees in 18 fields through its nine colleges. The university regularly reports annual research expenditures in excess of $100 million, including a record $130.8 million in 2017.
Location: Dillon, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,160
Diversity Index (HHI): 8,099
The University of Montana Western is a public university located in Dillon, Montana, United States. It is affiliated with The University of Montana and is part of the Montana University System. The school was founded in 1893 as Montana State Normal School. The college was founded as a center for training teachers. It was formerly known as Western Montana College before becoming part of the Montana University System in 2000. Enrollment as of Fall 2016 was 1,501 students.
Location: Butte, MT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,420
Diversity Index (HHI): 8,904
Montana Tech is a public university in Butte, Montana. Founded in 1900 as the Montana State School of Mines, the university became affiliated with the University of Montana in 1994.In fall 2017, Montana Tech had nearly 2,700 students, 13 campus buildings and offers 45 undergraduate degrees along with 15 minors, 11 certification degrees, and 10 pre-professional career programs. Montana Tech also offers 21 graduate degrees and a Ph.D. in Materials Science.
If you're looking at universities in Montana with the most diverse student bodies, this is an accurate list. Below is a complete list of every college and university in Montana 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.
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