The 9 Most Diverse Colleges In Rhode Island For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Rhode Island.
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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 Rhode Island, 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 Rhode Island? After running the numbers on 9 colleges and universities, we landed on Rhode Island School of Design as the most diverse college in Rhode Island.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Rhode Island For 2020

  1. Rhode Island School of Design
  2. Brown University
  3. Johnson & Wales University-Providence
  4. Rhode Island College
  5. University of Rhode Island
  6. Bryant University
  7. Providence College
  8. Roger Williams University
  9. Salve Regina University

If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Rhode Island School of Design to your college visit road trip.

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

For more reading on Rhode Island, check out:

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 9 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 Rhode Island School of Design or Brown University.

Rhode Island School Of Design

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,829
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,347

Rhode Island School of Design is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It has consistently been ranked among the best educational institutions in the world for art and design.

Brown University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 6,029
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,392

Brown University is a private Ivy League research university in Providence, Rhode Island, United States. Founded in 1764 as the College in the English Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, it is the seventh-oldest institution of higher education in the U.S. and one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the American Revolution.

Johnson & Wales University-Providence

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 8,533
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,576

JWU Providence teams participate as members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division III. The Wildcats are a member of the Great Northeast Athletic Conference. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, tennis, volleyball and wrestling, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, equestrian, lacrosse, soccer, softball, field hockey, tennis, ice hockey and volleyball. The Wildcat men's ice hockey team competes as an associate member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference.

Rhode Island College

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 6,917
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,920

Rhode Island College is a public, coeducational college in Providence, Rhode Island, founded in 1854, it is the second oldest college in Rhode Island, after Brown University. Located on a 180-acre campus, the College has a student body of 9,000: 7,518 undergraduates and 1,482 graduate students. A member of the NCAA, Rhode Island College has 17 Division III teams.

University Of Rhode Island

Location: Kingston, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 10,647
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,119

The University of Rhode Island, commonly referred to as URI, is the flagship public research as well as the land grant and sea grant university for the state of Rhode Island. Its main campus is located in the village of Kingston in southern Rhode Island. Additionally, smaller campuses include the Feinstein Campus in Providence, the Rhode Island Nursing Education Center in Providence, the Narragansett Bay Campus in Narragansett, and the W. Alton Jones Campus in West Greenwich.

Bryant University

Location: Smithfield, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 2,901
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,698

Bryant University is a private university in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Until August 2004, it was known as Bryant College. Bryant has two colleges, the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the AACSB International.

Providence College

Location: Providence, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 4,405
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,883

Providence College is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic university located about two miles west of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, United States, the state's capital city. With a 2012-2013 enrollment of 3,852 undergraduate students and 735 graduate students, the college specializes in academic programs in the liberal arts. It is the only college or university in North America administered by the Dominican Friars.

Roger Williams University

Location: Bristol, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 3,676
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,486

Roger Williams University is a private, coeducational American liberal arts university located on 140 acres in Bristol, Rhode Island, on Mt. Hope Bay, with a branch in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in 1956, it was named for theologian and Rhode Island cofounder Roger Williams.

Salve Regina University

Location: Newport, RI
# Of Undergraduates: 1,835
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,664

Salve Regina University is a Catholic, coeducational university founded by the Sisters of Mercy, located in the city of Newport, Rhode Island. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the university enrolls more than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students from across the U.S. and around the world.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Rhode Island

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Rhode Island School of Design 3,347
2 Brown University 3,392
3 Johnson & Wales University-Providence 4,576
4 Rhode Island College 4,920
5 University of Rhode Island 6,119
6 Bryant University 6,698
7 Providence College 6,883
8 Roger Williams University 7,486
9 Salve Regina University 7,664

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