The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Oregon For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Oregon.
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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 Oregon, 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 Oregon? After running the numbers on 26 colleges and universities, we landed on Warner Pacific College as the most diverse college in Oregon.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Oregon For 2020

  1. Warner Pacific College
  2. Mount Angel Seminary
  3. Pacific University
  4. Linfield College-McMinnville Campus
  5. Willamette University
  6. University of Portland
  7. Portland State University
  8. Linfield College-School of Nursing
  9. New Hope Christian College-Eugene
  10. Reed College

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

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

For more reading on Oregon, check out:

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

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 26 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 Warner Pacific College or Mount Angel Seminary.

Warner Pacific College

Location: Portland, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 634
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,070

Warner Pacific University is an urban, Christian liberal arts university located in Southeast Portland, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1937, the university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. A private university, it is affiliated with the Church of God.

Mount Angel Seminary

Location: Saint Benedict, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 11
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,345

Mount Angel Abbey is a private Roman Catholic seminary, university, and community of Benedictine monks in St. Benedict, Oregon, United States. It was established in 1882 from the Abbey of Engelberg, Switzerland. The abbey, located on the top of Mount Angel, a 485-foot-high butte, has its own post office separate from the city of Mt. Angel's--Saint Benedict.

Pacific University

Location: Forest Grove, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 1,096
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,610

Pacific University is a private, non-profit, coeducational university, based in Forest Grove, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1849 as the Tualatin Academy, the university's original Forest Grove campus is 23 miles west of Portland, while the university maintains three other campuses in the cities of Eugene, Hillsboro, and Woodburn.

Linfield College-Mcminnville Campus

Location: McMinnville, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 1,534
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,463

Linfield College is an American private institution of higher learning located in McMinnville, Oregon. As a four-year, undergraduate, liberal arts and sciences college with a campus in Portland, it also has an adult degree program located online and in eight communities throughout the state. Linfield Wildcats athletics participates in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. There are a combined 2,282 students at Linfield, which employs more than 150 full-time professors.

Willamette University

Location: Salem, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 1,749
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,490

Willamette University is a private liberal arts college located in Salem, Oregon, United States. Founded in 1842, it is the oldest university in the Western United States. Willamette is a member of the Annapolis Group of colleges, and is made up of an undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and post-graduate schools of business and law. The university is a member of the NCAA's Division III Northwest Conference and was featured in Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives. Willamette's mascot is the bearcat and old gold and cardinal are the school colors. Approximately 2,800 students are enrolled at Willamette between the graduate and undergraduate programs. The school employs over 200 full-time professors on the 69-acre campus located across the street from the Oregon State Capitol.

University Of Portland

Location: Portland, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 2,512
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,495

The University of Portland is a private Roman Catholic university located in Portland, Oregon, United States. It is affiliated with the Congregation of Holy Cross, which also founded UP's sister school the University of Notre Dame. Founded in 1901, UP has a student body of about 4,000 students. UP is ranked 6th in the west for regional universities in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report.

Portland State University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Portland, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 13,625
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,560

Portland State University is a public research university located in the southwest University District of downtown Portland, Oregon, United States. It was founded in 1946 as a post-secondary educational institution for World War II veterans. It evolved into a four-year college over the following two decades, and was granted university status in 1969. It is the only public urban university in the state of Oregon that is located in a major metropolitan city, and is governed by a board of trustees.

Location: Portland, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 332
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,732

New Hope Christian College-Eugene

Location: Eugene, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 172
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,755

New Hope Christian College is a private, four-year bible college located on a 36-acre campus in Eugene, Oregon, United States. The curriculum centers on the vocational application of Biblical training including pastoral studies, Christian counseling, Christian education, intercultural studies, business, worship arts and youth ministry.

Reed College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Portland, OR
# Of Undergraduates: 1,366
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,037

Reed College is an independent liberal arts college in southeast Portland in the U.S. state of Oregon. Founded in 1908, Reed is a residential college with a campus in Portland's Eastmoreland neighborhood, featuring architecture based on the Tudor-Gothic style, and a forested canyon nature preserve at its center.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Oregon

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Warner Pacific College 3,070
2 Mount Angel Seminary 3,345
3 Pacific University 3,610
4 Linfield College-McMinnville Campus 4,463
5 Willamette University 4,490
6 University of Portland 4,495
7 Portland State University 4,560
8 Linfield College-School of Nursing 4,732
9 New Hope Christian College-Eugene 4,755
10 Reed College 5,037
11 Southern Oregon University 5,062
12 University of Oregon 5,192
13 Concordia University-Portland 5,286
14 Oregon College of Art and Craft 5,512
15 Oregon State University 5,518
16 Western Oregon University 5,636
17 George Fox University 5,681
18 Lewis & Clark College 5,703
19 Pacific Northwest College of Art 5,797
20 Oregon Institute of Technology 5,841
21 Multnomah University 6,116
22 Northwest Christian University 6,279
23 Marylhurst University 6,629
24 Oregon Health & Science University 6,654
25 Eastern Oregon University 6,898
26 Corban University 6,907

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Most Diverse Colleges By State

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