The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In South Carolina For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in South Carolina.
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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 South Carolina, 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 South Carolina? After running the numbers on 32 colleges and universities, we landed on Columbia College as the most diverse college in South Carolina.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In South Carolina For 2020

  1. Columbia College
  2. Coker College
  3. University of South Carolina-Upstate
  4. Francis Marion University
  5. Winthrop University
  6. University of South Carolina-Beaufort
  7. Limestone College
  8. University of South Carolina-Aiken
  9. Newberry College
  10. Charleston Southern University

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

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

For more reading on South Carolina, check out:

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In South Carolina 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 South Carolina.

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 32 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 Columbia College or Coker College.

Location: Columbia, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 1,206
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,271

Columbia College may refer to one of several institutions of higher education in North America:

Location: Hartsville, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 1,002
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,311

Coker College is a private, co-educational four-year liberal arts college located in Hartsville, Darlington County, South Carolina, USA. Coker offers a four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom.

Location: Spartanburg, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 3,585
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,316

The University of South Carolina Upstate is a public university located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. Founded in 1967 and formerly known as the University of South Carolina Spartanburg, the school changed its name in the summer of 2004. The University of South Carolina Upstate is the fastest growing university in South Carolina offering both undergraduate and graduate programs for students in the Upstate and surrounding areas. One of four accredited four-year schools in the University of South Carolina System, it is home to approximately 6,000 students and 340 full-time faculty. It is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Francis Marion University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Florence, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 2,793
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,475

Francis Marion University is a public liberal arts university located six miles east of Florence, South Carolina. It is named in honor of American Revolutionary War hero Brigadier General Francis Marion.

Winthrop University

Location: Rock Hill, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 4,649
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,525

Winthrop University, often referred to as Winthrop or WU and formerly known as Winthrop College, is a public, coeducational, liberal arts university located in Rock Hill, South Carolina, United States. It was founded in 1886 by David Bancroft Johnson, who served as the superintendent of Columbia, South Carolina, schools. He received a $1,500 grant from Robert Charles Winthrop, a Boston philanthropist and chair of the Peabody Education Board in Massachusetts. The school was originally established in Columbia to educate young women to teach in the public schools.

University Of South Carolina-Beaufort
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Bluffton, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 1,175
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,553

The University of South Carolina Beaufort is a public university serving nearly 2,000 students with two campuses located in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The larger \"Hilton Head Gateway\" campus is located between Bluffton and Hardeeville near Hilton Head Island. The original Historic Beaufort campus is located in downtown Beaufort.

Limestone College
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Gaffney, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 1,967
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,569

Limestone College is a private four-year, coeducational liberal arts college located in Gaffney, South Carolina. Limestone College is a Christian non-denominational college with programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degrees.

Limestone was established in 1845 by Thomas Curtis and his son, William Curtis, distinguished scholars born and educated in England. Limestone was the first women's college in South Carolina, and one of the first in the nation. Ten buildings on the campus, as well as the Limestone Springs and limestone quarry itself, are on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1960s, Limestone became fully coeducational, and today student enrollment is about 55:45 male:female. It is the third-oldest college in South Carolina.

The college has expanded with branch campuses in Yemassee, Greer, Charleston, Kingstree, Graniteville, Florence, and Columbia that offer evening classes.

University Of South Carolina-Aiken
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Aiken, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 3,148
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,611

The University of South Carolina Aiken is a four-year, public coeducational university in Aiken, South Carolina. The school offers undergraduate degree programs as well as master's degrees in business administration, educational technology and applied clinical psychology. Additional graduate courses and degree programs are offered through the University of South Carolina Extended Graduate Campus program. The University of South Carolina Aiken awards baccalaureate degrees in more than 30 major areas of study include the bachelor of science in business administration online through Palmetto College.

Newberry College

Location: Newberry, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 724
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,827

Newberry College is a co-educational, private liberal-arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) located on a historic 90-acre (36 ha) campus in Newberry, South Carolina, United States. The college has 1,042 students and a 14:1 student-teacher ratio. According to U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Colleges, Newberry College ranks 16th in the "Regional Colleges-South" category.

Charleston Southern University

Location: Charleston, SC
# Of Undergraduates: 2,315
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,888

Charleston Southern University, founded in 1964 as Baptist College, is an independent comprehensive university located in North Charleston, South Carolina, United States. Charleston Southern enrolls 3,600 students. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the university's vision is to be nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In South Carolina

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Columbia College 4,271
2 Coker College 4,311
3 University of South Carolina-Upstate 4,316
4 Francis Marion University 4,475
5 Winthrop University 4,525
6 University of South Carolina-Beaufort 4,553
7 Limestone College 4,569
8 University of South Carolina-Aiken 4,611
9 Newberry College 4,827
10 Charleston Southern University 4,888
11 Southern Wesleyan University 4,911
12 Lander University 5,015
13 Coastal Carolina University 5,298
14 Citadel Military College of South Carolina 6,194
15 Erskine College 6,301
16 University of South Carolina-Columbia 6,339
17 Columbia International University 6,403
18 Converse College 6,436
19 Presbyterian College 6,501
20 Medical University of South Carolina 6,649
21 College of Charleston 6,749
22 Wofford College 6,994
23 Furman University 7,250
24 Clemson University 7,275
25 Anderson University 7,494
26 North Greenville University 7,702
27 Claflin University 8,937
28 South Carolina State University 9,224
29 Voorhees College 9,356
30 Morris College 9,665
31 Benedict College 9,765
32 Allen University 9,870

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