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 New Hampshire, 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 New Hampshire? After running the numbers on 13 colleges and universities, we landed on Dartmouth College as the most diverse college in New Hampshire.
Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in New Hampshire for 2020.
If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Dartmouth College 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 New Hampshire.
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:
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 13 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 Dartmouth College or New England College.
Location: Hanover, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 4,057
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,668
Dartmouth College is a private Ivy League research university in Hanover, New Hampshire, United States. Established in 1769 by Eleazar Wheelock, it is the ninth-oldest institution of higher education in the United States and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution. Although founded as a school to educate Native Americans in Christian theology and the English way of life, Dartmouth primarily trained Congregationalist ministers throughout its early history before it gradually secularized, emerging at the turn of the 20th century from relative obscurity into national prominence.
Location: Henniker, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 731
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,342
New England College is a private, non-profit college located in the town of Henniker, New Hampshire, United States, enrolling approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. The college is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Location: Manchester, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 3,099
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,174
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational, and nonsectarian university situated between Manchester and Hooksett, New Hampshire, in the United States. The university is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, along with national accreditations for some hospitality, health, education and business degrees. SNHU is best known for its online programs, which have made it one of the country's fastest-growing universities.
Location: Rindge, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,489
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,034
Franklin Pierce University is a small, private, non-profit, regionally accredited university in rural Rindge, New Hampshire, in the United States. It was founded as Franklin Pierce College in 1962, combining a liberal arts foundation with coursework for professional preparation.
Location: New London, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 845
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,195
Colby-Sawyer College is a private baccalaureate college in New London, in the Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire. It was founded as a coeducational academy in 1837 and sits on a 200-acre campus.
Location: Nashua, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,435
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,347
Rivier University, formerly Rivier College, is a private Catholic liberal arts university located in Nashua, New Hampshire.
Location: Manchester, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 5,945
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,673
The University of New Hampshire at Manchester, or UNH Manchester, is the urban campus of the University of New Hampshire and was established in 1985 as the sixth college of the University of New Hampshire. Other colleges within UNH include the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture, the Thompson School of Applied Science, the College of Health and Human Services, the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, and the School of Law. Students graduating from the University's urban campus join the more than 130,000 alumni of the University of New Hampshire.
Location: Durham, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 5,954
Diversity Index (HHI): 8,174
The University of New Hampshire is a public research university in the University System of New Hampshire, in the United States. The university's Durham campus, comprising six colleges, is located in the Seacoast region of the state. A seventh college, the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, occupies the university's campus in Manchester, the state's largest city. The University of New Hampshire School of Law, known as the Franklin Pierce Law Center until 2010, is located in Concord, the state's capital.
Location: Merrimack, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 22
Diversity Index (HHI): 8,299
The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts is located in Merrimack, New Hampshire, United States. The college emphasizes classical education in the Catholic intellectual tradition and is named after Saint Thomas More. The school has approximately 100 students. It is endorsed by The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.
Location: Keene, NH
# Of Undergraduates: 4,297
Diversity Index (HHI): 8,306
Keene State College is a liberal arts college in Keene, New Hampshire. It is a member of the University System of New Hampshire and of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.
Founded in 1909 as a teacher's college (originally, Keene Normal School; later, Keene Teachers College), Keene State College has around 4,300 students as of 2017.
If you're looking at universities in New Hampshire with the most diverse student bodies, this is an accurate list. Below is a complete list of every college and university in New Hampshire 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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