The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Ohio For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Ohio.
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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 Ohio, 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 Ohio? After running the numbers on 69 colleges and universities, we landed on Union Institute & University as the most diverse college in Ohio.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Ohio For 2020

  1. Union Institute & University
  2. Case Western Reserve University
  3. Ohio Christian University
  4. Ohio Dominican University
  5. Notre Dame College
  6. Ursuline College
  7. Cleveland State University
  8. Franklin University
  9. Urbana University
  10. Tiffin University

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Union Institute & University to your college visit road trip.

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

For more reading on Ohio, check out:

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In Ohio 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 Ohio.

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 69 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 Union Institute & University or Case Western Reserve University.

Location: Cincinnati, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 192
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,244

Union Institute & University is a private, non-profit, doctoral-granting, research university that specializes in limited residence and distance learning programs. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Its main campus is in Cincinnati, Ohio, and operates satellite campuses located in Vermont, Florida, and California.

Case Western Reserve University

Location: Cleveland, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 3,434
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,160

Case Western Reserve University is a private doctorate-granting university in Cleveland, Ohio. Founded in 1826, Western Reserve University and Case Institute of Technology formally federated in 1967. Time magazine described the merger as the creation of \"Cleveland's Big-Leaguer\" university.

Ohio Christian University

Location: Circleville, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 193
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,566

Ohio Christian University is a private college in Circleville, Ohio. The school is denominationally affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union.

Ohio Dominican University

Location: Columbus, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 2,085
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,833

Ohio Dominican University is a private four-year liberal arts institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican traditions. The main campus spans over 75 acres in the North Central neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio, United States just minutes from downtown Columbus and Easton Town Center. The university has approximately 1,700 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 40 majors as well as nine graduate degree programs.

Notre Dame College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Cleveland, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 215
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,835

Notre Dame College, also known as Notre Dame College of Ohio or simply NDC, is a Catholic, coeducational, liberal arts college in South Euclid, Ohio, United States. Established in 1922 as a women's college, it has been coeducational since January 2001. Notre Dame College offers 30 majors and individually designed majors and confers undergraduate and graduate degrees through five academic divisions. The college had a total enrollment of 2,100 students in fall 2016. The 48-acre main academic and residential campus is located 10 miles east of Cleveland in South Euclid.

Ursuline College

Location: Pepper Pike, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,016
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,053

For the English Catholic Sports College, based in Westgate, see Ursuline College, Westgate-on-Sea.

Ursuline College is a small, Roman Catholic liberal arts college in Pepper Pike, Ohio, United States. It was founded in 1871 by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland and was one of the oldest institutions of higher education for women in the United States and the first Catholic women's college in Ohio.

Cleveland State University
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Cleveland, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 10,133
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,103

Cleveland State University is a public research university in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1964, and opened for classes in 1965 after acquiring the buildings, property, and students of Fenn College, a private school that had been in operation since 1923. CSU absorbed the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1969. Today it is part of the University System of Ohio, has more than 120,000 alumni, and offers over 200 academic programs.

Franklin University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Columbus, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 4,322
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,348

Franklin University is a private, nonprofit university in Columbus, Ohio. It was founded in 1902 to serve the needs of adult students. The university has over 25 locations in the Midwestern United States as well as a large selection of online courses.

Urbana University

Location: Urbana, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,310
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,389

Urbana University, a branch campus of Franklin University, is a private university specializing in liberal arts education. Urbana is located in Urbana, Ohio, in Champaign County, approximately one hour west of Columbus and one hour northeast of Dayton.

Tiffin University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Tiffin, OH
# Of Undergraduates: 1,284
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,404

Tiffin University is a private coeducational university in Tiffin, Ohio, United States. Founded in 1888, Tiffin University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission for the undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at the main campus in Tiffin, Ohio, at the University of Bucharest in Romania, and at several locations in Ohio, including the Cleveland, Toledo, and Fremont areas, as well as online.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Ohio

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Union Institute & University 3,244
2 Case Western Reserve University 4,160
3 Ohio Christian University 4,566
4 Ohio Dominican University 4,833
5 Notre Dame College 4,835
6 Ursuline College 5,053
7 Cleveland State University 5,103
8 Franklin University 5,348
9 Urbana University 5,389
10 Tiffin University 5,404
11 Denison University 5,539
12 Columbus College of Art and Design 5,631
13 Hiram College 5,639
14 Oberlin College 5,732
15 Lourdes University 5,971
16 University of Toledo 5,983
17 Cleveland Institute of Art 5,995
18 Wright State University-Main Campus 6,021
19 Xavier University 6,069
20 Ohio Wesleyan University 6,123
21 Cincinnati Christian University 6,200
22 Cleveland Institute of Music 6,205
23 University of Akron Main Campus 6,266
24 The College of Wooster 6,313
25 Kenyon College 6,322
26 Capital University 6,340
27 Baldwin Wallace University 6,373
28 Ohio State University-Main Campus 6,400
29 Art Academy of Cincinnati 6,457
30 Youngstown State University 6,508
31 Antioch University-Midwest 6,670
32 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 6,674
33 Miami University-Hamilton 6,748
34 Kent State University at Kent 6,780
35 Ashland University 6,805
36 Defiance College 6,806
37 University of Cincinnati-Main Campus 6,825
38 Wittenberg University 6,902
39 Lake Erie College 6,982
40 Mount Saint Joseph University 7,006
41 Wilmington College 7,111
42 Heidelberg University 7,202
43 Ohio State University-Marion Campus 7,246
44 Franciscan University of Steubenville 7,280
45 Malone University 7,293
46 Otterbein University 7,298
47 Marietta College 7,340
48 Miami University-Oxford 7,456
49 Walsh University 7,519
50 Bluffton University 7,550
51 Kettering College 7,563
52 University of Mount Union 7,601
53 Mount Carmel College of Nursing 7,601
54 Miami University-Middletown 7,604
55 Ohio University-Main Campus 7,646
56 Muskingum University 7,675
57 Pontifical College Josephinum 7,759
58 John Carroll University 7,820
59 University of Dayton 7,997
60 Cedarville University 8,026
61 The University of Findlay 8,033
62 Shawnee State University 8,100
63 Mount Vernon Nazarene University 8,144
64 Gods Bible School and College 8,147
65 Ohio Northern University 8,222
66 Wright State University-Lake Campus 8,282
67 Wilberforce University 8,866
68 Central State University 9,331
69 Rabbinical College Telshe 10,000

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