The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Pennsylvania For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Pennsylvania.
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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 Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania? After running the numbers on 116 colleges and universities, we landed on Swarthmore College as the most diverse college in Pennsylvania.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Pennsylvania For 2020

  1. Swarthmore College
  2. Carnegie Mellon University
  3. Bryn Mawr College
  4. University of Pennsylvania
  5. Rosemont College
  6. Chestnut Hill College
  7. Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington
  8. University of the Sciences
  9. Eastern University
  10. La Salle University

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

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

For more reading on Pennsylvania, check out:

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

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 116 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 Swarthmore College or Carnegie Mellon University.

Swarthmore College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Swarthmore, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,428
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,146

Swarthmore College is a private liberal arts college located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 11 miles southwest of Philadelphia. Founded in 1864, Swarthmore was one of the earliest coeducational colleges in the United States. It was established to be a college \"...under the care of Friends, at which an education may be obtained equal to that of the best institutions of learning in our country.\" By 1906, Swarthmore dropped its religious affiliation, becoming officially non-sectarian.

Carnegie Mellon University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Pittsburgh, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 5,224
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,211

Carnegie Mellon University (commonly known as CMU) is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1900 by Andrew Carnegie as the Carnegie Technical Schools, the university became the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1912 and began granting four-year degrees. In 1967, the Carnegie Institute of Technology merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University.

The university's 140-acre (57 ha) main campus is 3 miles (5 km) from Downtown Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon has seven colleges and independent schools: the College of Engineering, College of Fine Arts, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Mellon College of Science, Tepper School of Business, H. John Heinz III College of Information Systems and Public Policy, and the School of Computer Science. The university also has campuses in Qatar and Silicon Valley, with degree-granting programs in six continents.

Carnegie Mellon counts 13,650 students from 114 countries, over 100,000 living alumni, and over 5,000 faculty and staff. Past and present faculty and alumni include 20 Nobel Prize Laureates, 12 Turing Award winners, 22 Members of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 19 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 72 Members of the National Academies, 114 Emmy Award winners, 47 Tony Award laureates, and 7 Academy Award winners.

Bryn Mawr College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bryn Mawr, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,358
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,370

Bryn Mawr College is a women's liberal arts college in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Founded as a Quaker institution in 1885, Bryn Mawr is one of the Seven Sister colleges and the Tri-College Consortium. The college has an enrollment of about 1,350 undergraduate students and 450 graduate students.

University Of Pennsylvania
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Philadelphia, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 11,686
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,470

The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university located in University City section of West Philadelphia. Incorporated as The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn is one of 14 founding members of the Association of American Universities and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Rosemont College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Rosemont, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 893
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,565

Rosemont College is a private, coeducational, Catholic liberal arts college in southeastern Pennsylvania in the town of Rosemont, 11 miles west of Philadelphia within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Founded in 1921 as a women's college by the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus, the undergraduate program opened to male students beginning in fall 2009. Rosemont is a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Its accreditation was reaffirmed with commendation on June 23, 2011. Rosemont also offers a range of master's degrees through its School of Graduate Studies and School of Professional Studies. Rosemont was listed as a 2013-2014 College of Distinction by the Princeton Review.

Chestnut Hill College

Location: Philadelphia, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 936
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,608

Chestnut Hill College is a coeducational Roman Catholic college in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The college was founded in 1924, as a women's college, by the Sisters of St. Joseph. It was originally named Mount Saint Joseph College. In 1980, the college established a coeducational graduate education program and started to admit male students to its undergraduate programs in 2003. As of 2012, a total of 2,318 students were enrolled in Chestnut Hill College's three constituent schools, with fewer than 900 as undergraduates.

Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington

Location: Abington, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,048
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,623

Penn State Abington is a commonwealth campus of the Pennsylvania State University. It is located approximately 15 miles north of Center City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in the Abington section of Abington Township. The campus is set on 45 acres of wooded land, and includes a duck pond, wooded trails and many species of hardwood trees, The roughly 4000 undergraduate students are taught by a full-time staff of over 150 professors and teaching assistants.

Location: Philadelphia, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 577
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,742

The University of the Sciences, officially known as the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, is a university in the Spruce Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, USA. USciences offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in pharmacy and a variety of other health-related disciplines.

Location: Saint Davids, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,039
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,855

Eastern University may refer to:

Eastern University (Bangladesh) in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Eastern University (United States) in St. David's, Pennsylvania, USA

Eastern University of Sri Lanka in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka

Universidad del Este (Puerto Rico), Eastern University

Eastern University may also refer to:

Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut

Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky

Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan

Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico

Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon

Eastern Washington University in Cheney, Washington

University of Texas at Tyler, formerly Texas Eastern University, in Tyler, Texas

Eastern Mediterranean University in Famagusta, Cyprus

Naples Eastern University in Naples, Italy

Eastern Samar State University in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines

Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines

Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok, Russia

Far Eastern State University, the English-translated name until 2000 of the present Far Eastern National University in Vladivostok, Russia

La Salle University

Location: Philadelphia, PA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,984
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,030

La Salle University is a private, co-educational, Roman Catholic university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Named for St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, the university was founded in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. The university offers traditional, online, and hybrid courses and programs. The university is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church through the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Pennsylvania

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Swarthmore College 3,146
2 Carnegie Mellon University 3,211
3 Bryn Mawr College 3,370
4 University of Pennsylvania 3,470
5 Rosemont College 3,565
6 Chestnut Hill College 3,608
7 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington 3,623
8 University of the Sciences 3,742
9 Eastern University 3,855
10 La Salle University 4,030
11 University of Valley Forge 4,183
12 Curtis Institute of Music 4,310
13 Moore College of Art and Design 4,321
14 Temple University 4,369
15 Albright College 4,409
16 Drexel University 4,524
17 Philadelphia University 4,525
18 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny 4,581
19 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley 4,605
20 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Brandywine 4,619
21 Lancaster Bible College 4,690
22 The University of the Arts 4,704
23 Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary-Overbrook 4,708
24 Haverford College 4,715
25 Gwynedd Mercy University 4,729
26 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg 4,804
27 Cabrini University 4,907
28 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania 4,932
29 Cedar Crest College 4,990
30 Carlow University 5,063
31 Neumann University 5,126
32 Lincoln University 5,197
33 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks 5,297
34 Arcadia University 5,343
35 Peirce College 5,349
36 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill 5,426
37 Cairn University-Langhorne 5,594
38 Franklin and Marshall College 5,614
39 Lehigh University 5,642
40 Widener University 5,677
41 Alvernia University 5,832
42 Point Park University 5,857
43 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York 5,910
44 Immaculata University 6,002
45 Holy Family University 6,020
46 Villanova University 6,048
47 Millersville University of Pennsylvania 6,104
48 Thomas Jefferson University 6,214
49 Chatham University 6,216
50 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 6,250
51 Ursinus College 6,259
52 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 6,261
53 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus 6,292
54 University of Pittsburgh-Bradford 6,306
55 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 6,324
56 Lycoming College 6,325
57 Pennsylvania College of Art and Design 6,375
58 Allegheny College 6,382
59 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver 6,384
60 Lafayette College 6,419
61 DeSales University 6,440
62 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania 6,448
63 Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania 6,493
64 Delaware Valley University 6,493
65 California University of Pennsylvania 6,538
66 Dickinson College 6,631
67 University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg 6,641
68 Wilkes University 6,666
69 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona 6,673
70 Saint Francis University 6,678
71 Moravian College 6,680
72 Bucknell University 6,716
73 Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania 6,717
74 La Roche College 6,816
75 Saint Joseph's University 6,903
76 Wilson College 6,947
77 Susquehanna University 6,954
78 Thiel College 6,956
79 Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington Scranton 6,969
80 Muhlenberg College 6,998
81 Keystone College 7,015
82 York College Pennsylvania 7,091
83 Westminster College 7,104
84 Mansfield University of Pennsylvania 7,145
85 University of Scranton 7,150
86 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania 7,160
87 King's College 7,181
88 Juniata College 7,333
89 Washington & Jefferson College 7,335
90 Clarion University of Pennsylvania 7,364
91 Seton Hill University 7,385
92 Gettysburg College 7,405
93 Duquesne University 7,439
94 Gannon University 7,462
95 Marywood University 7,474
96 Lock Haven University 7,518
97 Robert Morris University 7,521
98 Geneva College 7,526
99 Lebanon Valley College 7,538
100 Mercyhurst University 7,548
101 Messiah College 7,623

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