The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In New Jersey For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in New Jersey.
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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 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.

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In New Jersey For 2020

  1. Rutgers University-Newark
  2. New Jersey Institute of Technology
  3. New Jersey City University
  4. Felician University
  5. Saint Peter's University
  6. Kean University
  7. College of Saint Elizabeth
  8. Rutgers University-New Brunswick
  9. William Paterson University of New Jersey
  10. Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus

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.

For more reading on New Jersey, check out:

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In New Jersey 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 New Jersey.

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 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.

Rutgers University-Newark

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.

New Jersey Institute Of Technology

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.

New Jersey City University

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.

Felician 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.

Saint Peter

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.

Kean University

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.

College Of Saint Elizabeth
Source: Wikipedia

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.

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

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.

William Paterson University Of New Jersey
Source: Wikipedia

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.

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus
Source: Wikipedia User |

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.

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

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.

For more reading on colleges around New Jersey, check out:

Most Diverse Colleges In New Jersey

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Rutgers University-Newark 2,404
2 New Jersey Institute of Technology 2,723
3 New Jersey City University 2,867
4 Felician University 2,912
5 Saint Peter's University 2,938
6 Kean University 2,980
7 College of Saint Elizabeth 3,043
8 Rutgers University-New Brunswick 3,145
9 William Paterson University of New Jersey 3,159
10 Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus 3,256
11 Princeton University 3,438
12 Montclair State University 3,482
13 Caldwell University 3,621
14 Seton Hall University 3,675
15 Rutgers University-Camden 3,746
16 Bloomfield College 4,034
17 Thomas Edison State University 4,349
18 Drew University 4,611
19 Rider University 4,717
20 Georgian Court University 4,815
21 The College of New Jersey 5,112
22 Ramapo College of New Jersey 5,193
23 Centenary University 5,337
24 Rowan University 5,417
25 Stockton University 5,575
26 Stevens Institute of Technology 5,954
27 Monmouth University 6,182
28 Beth Medrash Govoha 9,977
29 Rabbinical College of America 10,000
30 Talmudical Academy-New Jersey 10,000
31 Rabbi Jacob Joseph School 10,000

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