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 Jersey, 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 Jersey? After running the numbers on 31 colleges and universities, we landed on Rutgers University-Newark as the most diverse college in New Jersey.
Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in New Jersey for 2020.
If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Rutgers University-Newark 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 Jersey.
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 31 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 Rutgers University-Newark or New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Location: Newark, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 5,873
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,404
Rutgers-Newark is one of three regional campuses of Rutgers University, the public research university of the U.S. state of New Jersey, located in the city of Newark. Rutgers, founded in 1766 in New Brunswick, is the eighth oldest college in the United States and a member of the Association of American Universities. In 1945, the state legislature voted to make Rutgers University, then a private liberal arts college, into the state university and the following year merged the school with the former University of Newark, which became the Rutgers-Newark campus. Rutgers also incorporated the College of South Jersey and South Jersey Law School, in Camden, as a constituent campus of the university and renamed it Rutgers-Camden in 1950.
Location: Newark, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 5,637
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,723
The New Jersey Institute of Technology is a public research university in the University Heights neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey. Centrally located in the New York metropolitan area, its campus is within walking distance of Downtown Newark. New York City, 9 miles and under 30 minutes away, is directly accessible from campus via rapid transit. NJIT is New Jersey's Science & Technology University. Among other activities, it operates The Enterprise Development Center, one of the larger tech-oriented business incubators in the country.
Location: Jersey City, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 6,398
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,867
New Jersey City University is a public university in Jersey City, New Jersey, United States. It is a member of the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities. New Jersey City University is a fully recognized and accredited university.
Location: Lodi, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 1,484
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,912
Felician University is a private Roman Catholic university in New Jersey. The university has two campuses, one in Lodi and one in Rutherford. It was founded as the Immaculate Conception Normal School by the Felician Sisters in 1923 and changed name several times in its history, most recently in 2015 to Felician University. Enrollment is approximately 2,500, with undergraduates comprising around 2,000 students. 21% are men, and 79% are women.The Rutherford campus is home to Iviswold Castle, a historic building currently restored to its original state when first constructed.
Location: Jersey City, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 2,687
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,938
Saint Peter's University is a private, coeducational, Jesuit, Roman Catholic college in the United States. Located in Jersey City, New Jersey, the school was founded as Saint Peter's College in 1872 by the Society of Jesus. Today, Saint Peter's is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Saint Peter's University offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 2,600 undergraduate and 800 graduate students. Its college mascot is the Peacock and its sports teams play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, of which it is a founding member.
Location: Union, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 9,300
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,980
Kean University is a coeducational, public university located in Union and Hillside, New Jersey, United States on the banks of the Elizabeth River. Kean University serves its students in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions and is best known for its programs in the humanities and social sciences and in education, graduating the most teachers in the state of New Jersey annually. Kean is also noted for the physical therapy program which it holds in conjunction with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Location: Morristown, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 1,337
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,043
The College of Saint Elizabeth is a private Roman Catholic, coeducational, four-year, liberal arts college in Morris Township, Morris County, New Jersey, United States. Portions of the campus are in Florham Park.
Location: New Brunswick, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 27,938
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,145
Rutgers University - New Brunswick in New Jersey is the oldest campus of Rutgers University, the others being in Camden and Newark. It is primarily located in New Brunswick and Piscataway. The campus is composed of several smaller campuses: College Avenue, Busch, Livingston, Cook, and Douglass, the latter two sometimes referred to as \"Cook/Douglass,\" as they are adjacent to each other. Rutgers - New Brunswick also includes several buildings in downtown New Brunswick. The New Brunswick campuses include 19 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools, including the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, School of Communication, Information and Library Studies, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, School of Engineering, the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the Graduate School, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the Graduate School of Education, School of Management and Labor Relations, the Mason Gross School of the Arts, the College of Nursing, the Rutgers Business School and the School of Social Work.
Location: Wayne, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 8,454
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,159
William Paterson University, officially William Paterson University of New Jersey, is an American public university in Wayne, New Jersey, United States, in the New York City metropolitan area. Founded in 1855, William Paterson is the second-oldest of the nine state colleges and universities in New Jersey. William Paterson offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees through its five academic colleges. During the fall 2017 semester, 8,838 undergraduate students and 1,414 graduate students were enrolled.
Location: Teaneck, NJ
# Of Undergraduates: 6,560
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,256
Fairleigh Dickinson University is a private, coeducational and nonsectarian university founded in 1942. Fairleigh Dickinson University is the first American university to own and operate an international campus and currently offers more than 100 individual degree programs to its students. The school has four campuses, two in New Jersey, and one each in Canada and the United Kingdom. Fairleigh Dickinson University is New Jersey's largest private institution of higher education with 12,000+ students. The university has two campuses in New Jersey: the Florham Campus in Madison and Florham Park, which is on the former estate of Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly, and the Metropolitan Campus, close to New York City and spanning the Hackensack River in Teaneck and Hackensack.
If you're looking at universities in New Jersey with the most diverse student bodies, this is an accurate list. Below is a complete list of every college and university in New Jersey 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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