The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In New York For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in New York.
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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 York, 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 York? After running the numbers on 154 colleges and universities, we landed on LIU Brooklyn as the most diverse college in New York.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In New York For 2020

  1. LIU Brooklyn
  2. CUNY Brooklyn College
  3. New York Institute of Technology
  4. St John's University-New York
  5. SUNY College at Old Westbury
  6. CUNY Hunter College
  7. CUNY City College
  8. CUNY New York City College of Technology
  9. CUNY Queens College
  10. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

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

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

For more reading on New York, check out:

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

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 154 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 LIU Brooklyn or CUNY Brooklyn College.

Liu Brooklyn
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Brooklyn, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 5,554
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,508

LIU Brooklyn is a private institution of higher education located in Brooklyn, New York City, United States. It is the original unit and first of two main campuses of the private Long Island University system.

Cuny Brooklyn College

Location: Brooklyn, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 10,094
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,523

Brooklyn College is a senior university of the City University of New York, located on the border of the Midwood and Flatbush neighborhoods of Brooklyn, New York City.

Brooklyn College's origin began in 1910 with the establishment of an extension division of the City College for Teachers. The school then began offering evening classes for first-year male college students in 1917. In 1930 by the New York City Board of Higher Education, the College authorized the combination of the Downtown Brooklyn branches of Hunter College - at that time a women's college - and the City College of New York - a men's college - both of which had been established in 1926. With the merger of these branches, Brooklyn College became the first public coeducational liberal arts college in New York City.

New York Institute Of Technology

Location: Old Westbury, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 3,052
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,576

New York Institute of Technology is a private, independent, nonprofit, non-sectarian, coeducational research university founded in 1955.

St John
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Queens, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 14,229
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,587

St. John's University is a private, Roman Catholic, research university located in New York City, United States. Founded by the Congregation of the Mission in 1870, the school was originally located in the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant in the borough of Brooklyn. In the 1950s, the school was relocated to its current site at Utopia Parkway in Hillcrest, Queens. St. John's also has campuses in Staten Island and Manhattan in New York City and overseas in Rome, Italy. In addition, the university has a Long Island Graduate Center in Hauppauge, along with academic locations in Paris, France, and Limerick, Ireland. The university is named after Saint John the Baptist.

Location: Old Westbury, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 2,995
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,615

The State University of New York College at Old Westbury is a public college that is part of the State University of New York system. The college is in Old Westbury, New York, with portions in the neighboring town of Jericho, New York. With nearly 4,500 students, SUNY College at Old Westbury serves as the only public liberal arts college on Long Island.

Cuny Hunter College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: New York, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 15,421
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,638

Hunter College is one of the constituent colleges of the City University of New York, an American public university. It is located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City. The college offers studies in more than one hundred undergraduate and postgraduate fields across five schools. It also administers Hunter College High School and Hunter College Elementary School.

Cuny City College

Location: New York, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 8,155
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,675

The City College of the City University of New York is a public senior college of the City University of New York in New York City.

Located in Hamilton Heights overlooking Harlem in Manhattan, City College's 35-acre Collegiate Gothic campus spans Convent Avenue from 130th to 141st Streets. It was initially designed by renowned architect George B. Post, and many of its buildings have achieved landmark status. Affectionately known as the "Harvard of the proletariat," the college has graduated ten Nobel Prize winners. Among these alumni, the latest is a Bronx native, John O'Keefe.

Cuny New York City College Of Technology
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Brooklyn, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 11,028
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,690

Founded in 1946, the New York City College of Technology is the City University of New Yorks college of technology.

Cuny Queens College

Location: Queens, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 10,964
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,713

Queens College is one of the four-year colleges in the City University of New York system. Its 80-acre campus is located technically in the neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, with a student body that represents over 170 countries. Queens College is consistently ranked among the leading institutions in the nation for the quality of its faculty and academic programs, the achievement of its students, and its affordability.

Cuny Bernard M Baruch College

Location: New York, NY
# Of Undergraduates: 13,025
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,727

The Baruch College is a public research university in the Manhattan borough of New York City. It is a constituent college of the City University of New York system. Named for financier and statesman Bernard M. Baruch, the college operates undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. programs through its Zicklin School of Business, as well as the Weissman School of Arts and Sciences and the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In New York

Rank College Diversity Index
1 LIU Brooklyn 2,508
2 CUNY Brooklyn College 2,523
3 New York Institute of Technology 2,576
4 St John's University-New York 2,587
5 SUNY College at Old Westbury 2,615
6 CUNY Hunter College 2,638
7 CUNY City College 2,675
8 CUNY New York City College of Technology 2,690
9 CUNY Queens College 2,713
10 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 2,727
11 Nyack College 2,776
12 College of Mount Saint Vincent 2,838
13 Dominican College of Blauvelt 2,877
14 CUNY York College 2,938
15 Columbia University in the City of New York 2,988
16 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art 2,992
17 Mercy College 3,034
18 New York University 3,034
19 Concordia College-New York 3,086
20 SUNY Downstate Medical Center 3,153
21 St Francis College 3,167
22 Stony Brook University 3,174
23 College of Staten Island CUNY 3,235
24 Cornell University 3,271
25 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice 3,286
26 The New School 3,330
27 SUNY at Albany 3,513
28 The Juilliard School 3,620
29 SUNY Buffalo State 3,729
30 LIU Brentwood 3,750
31 Pratt Institute-Main 3,831
32 Pace University-New York 3,834
33 Barnard College 3,868
34 Manhattanville College 3,928
35 LIU Post 4,083
36 Adelphi University 4,121
37 SUNY at Purchase College 4,150
38 CUNY Lehman College 4,192
39 University at Buffalo 4,193
40 Manhattan School of Music 4,194
41 Hofstra University 4,210
42 Dowling College 4,222
43 St. Thomas Aquinas College 4,227
44 Villa Maria College 4,297
45 Molloy College 4,319
46 Farmingdale State College 4,342
47 Vassar College 4,444
48 SUNY at Binghamton 4,476
49 Marymount Manhattan College 4,497
50 Medaille College 4,506
51 Syracuse University 4,519
52 University of Rochester 4,586
53 Iona College 4,596
54 Fordham University 4,648
55 SUNY Empire State College 4,690
56 Manhattan College 4,693
57 Sarah Lawrence College 4,786
58 The College of New Rochelle 4,833
59 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 4,851
60 State University of New York at New Paltz 4,933
61 Metropolitan College of New York 5,015
62 The Sage Colleges 5,027
63 Wells College 5,036
64 St. Joseph's College-New York 5,063
65 Touro College 5,072
66 SUNY College at Potsdam 5,127
67 Davis College 5,133
68 Mount Saint Mary College 5,214
69 Utica College 5,353
70 The College of Saint Rose 5,362
71 SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill 5,466
72 New York School of Interior Design 5,495
73 Hamilton College 5,580
74 Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 5,659
75 Wagner College 5,663
76 Rochester Institute of Technology 5,678
77 Skidmore College 5,697
78 Union College 5,730
79 SUNY College at Plattsburgh 5,838
80 Alfred University 5,855
81 Colgate University 5,982
82 Daemen College 6,044
83 SUNY College at Oswego 6,052
84 United States Merchant Marine Academy 6,146
85 SUNY Maritime College 6,157
86 St Bonaventure University 6,158
87 Ithaca College 6,214
88 Roberts Wesleyan College 6,222
89 SUNY College at Brockport 6,250
90 SUNY Cortland 6,287
91 Hartwick College 6,342
92 SUNY College at Geneseo 6,375
93 Cazenovia College 6,489
94 Canisius College 6,500
95 Hilbert College 6,507
96 Bard College 6,520
97 SUNY Polytechnic Institute 6,538
98 Upstate Medical University 6,647
99 Webb Institute 6,670
100 SUNY Oneonta 6,672
101 CUNY Medgar Evers College 6,684

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