The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Texas For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Texas.
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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 Texas, 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 Texas? After running the numbers on 79 colleges and universities, we landed on Houston Baptist University as the most diverse college in Texas.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Texas For 2020

  1. Houston Baptist University
  2. University of Houston
  3. The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  4. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  5. Texas Woman's University
  6. The University of Texas at Arlington
  7. The University of Texas at Dallas
  8. Rice University
  9. The University of Texas Medical Branch
  10. University of Houston-Victoria

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

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

For more reading on Texas, check out:

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

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 79 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 Houston Baptist University or University of Houston.

Houston Baptist University
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Houston, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 1,967
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,542

Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a private Baptist university in Sharpstown, Texas. The university was founded in 1960. Its Cultural Arts Center houses three museums: the Dunham Bible Museum, the Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts, and the Museum of Southern History.

University Of Houston

Location: Houston, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 24,350
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,595

The University of Houston is a state research university and the flagship institution of the University of Houston System. Founded in 1927, UH is the third-largest university in Texas with nearly 44,000 students. Its campus spans 667 acres in southeast Houston, and was known as University of Houston-University Park from 1983 to 1991. The Carnegie Foundation classifies UH as a doctoral degree-granting institution with \"highest research activity.\" The U.S. News & World Report ranks the university No. 192 in its National University Rankings, and No. 102 among top public universities.

The University Of Texas Health Science Center At Houston
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Houston, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 264
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,705

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston was created in 1972 by The UT System Board of Regents. UTHealth is located in Houston, Texas, in the Texas Medical Center, which is considered the largest medical center in the world. It is composed of six schools: McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, UTHealth School of Dentistry, UTHealth School of Nursing, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics and UTHealth School of Public Health. UTHealth faculty have been instrumental in pioneering the use of Tissue plasminogen activator and the development of Life Flight.

The University Of Texas Md Anderson Cancer Center

Location: Houston, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 20
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,732

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of the original three comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. It is both a degree-granting academic institution, and a cancer treatment and research center located at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Texas Woman
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Denton, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 4,476
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,829

Texas Woman's University is a co-educational university in Denton, Texas, United States, with two health science center branches in Dallas and Houston. While TWU has been fully co-educational since 1994, it is the largest state-supported university primarily for women in the United States.

The University Of Texas At Arlington
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Arlington, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 15,449
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,872

The University of Texas at Arlington is a public research university located in Arlington, Texas, midway between Dallas and Fort Worth. The spring 2017 campus enrollment consisted of 41,933 students making it the largest university in North Texas and fourth largest in Texas. The University is the third largest producer of college graduates in Texas and offers over 180 baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs.

The University Of Texas At Dallas
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Richardson, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 6,560
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,893

The University of Texas at Dallas is a public research university in the University of Texas System. The main campus is in the Richardson, Texas, Telecom Corridor, 18 miles north of downtown Dallas. The institution, established in 1961 as the Graduate Research Center of the Southwest and later renamed the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies, began as a research arm of Texas Instruments. In 1969, the founders bequeathed SCAS to the state of Texas officially creating The University of Texas at Dallas.

Rice University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Houston, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 2,692
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,970

William Marsh Rice University, commonly known as Rice University, is a private research university located on a 300-acre campus in Houston, Texas, United States. The university is situated near the Houston Museum District and is adjacent to the Texas Medical Center. Rice is generally considered the most selective institution of higher education in the state of Texas.

The University Of Texas Medical Branch

Location: Galveston, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 653
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,997

The University of Texas Medical Branch is a component of the University of Texas System located in Galveston, Texas, United States, about 50 miles southeast of Downtown Houston. It is an academic health center with 11,000 employees and a medical school that is the oldest in Texas. In February 2015 it had an endowment of $513 million.

University Of Houston-Victoria

Location: Victoria, TX
# Of Undergraduates: 850
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,009

The University of Houston-Victoria is a four-year state university and one of four distinct institutions in the University of HoustonSystem. Its campus spans 20 acres in Victoria, with a satellite location at UHV Katy. Founded in 1971, UHV has an enrollment of over 4,300 students.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Texas

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Houston Baptist University 2,542
2 University of Houston 2,595
3 The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston 2,705
4 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center 2,732
5 Texas Woman's University 2,829
6 The University of Texas at Arlington 2,872
7 The University of Texas at Dallas 2,893
8 Rice University 2,970
9 The University of Texas Medical Branch 2,997
10 University of Houston-Victoria 3,009
11 University of Houston-Downtown 3,137
12 Texas Wesleyan University 3,180
13 Wayland Baptist University 3,207
14 University of North Texas 3,208
15 The University of Texas at Austin 3,226
16 Southwestern Adventist University 3,273
17 Dallas Christian College 3,314
18 University of Houston-Clear Lake 3,459
19 Lamar University 3,484
20 Texas A & M University-Commerce 3,504
21 The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio 3,522
22 Northwood University-Texas 3,627
23 Sam Houston State University 3,775
24 Texas State University 3,791
25 Austin College 3,792
26 McMurry University 3,795
27 Saint Edward's University 3,851
28 The University of Texas at San Antonio 3,859
29 Midwestern State University 3,933
30 Arlington Baptist College 3,977
31 The University of Texas of the Permian Basin 4,010
32 University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 4,077
33 Angelo State University 4,089
34 Stephen F Austin State University 4,095
35 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi 4,102
36 Concordia University-Texas 4,163
37 The University of Texas at Tyler 4,166
38 Messenger College 4,271
39 Trinity University 4,308
40 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 4,355
41 Texas Lutheran University 4,381
42 Schreiner University 4,459
43 Texas A&M University-Texarkana 4,585
44 Southwestern Assemblies of God University 4,612
45 Southwestern University 4,647
46 Howard Payne University 4,651
47 Texas Tech University 4,656
48 Dallas Baptist University 4,662
49 West Texas A & M University 4,674
50 Baylor University 4,741
51 East Texas Baptist University 4,809
52 Texas A & M University-College Station 4,826
53 Abilene Christian University 4,917
54 University of the Incarnate Word 4,922
55 Sul Ross State University 5,069
56 University of Dallas 5,125
57 Tarleton State University 5,171
58 Southern Methodist University 5,278
59 Lubbock Christian University 5,302
60 University of St Thomas 5,446
61 LeTourneau University 5,450
62 Huston-Tillotson University 5,531
63 Hardin-Simmons University 5,558
64 Texas A & M University-Kingsville 5,631
65 Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary 5,704
66 Our Lady of the Lake University 5,708
67 Austin Graduate School of Theology 5,825
68 St. Mary's University 6,193
69 Texas Christian University 6,364
70 Paul Quinn College 6,778
71 Jarvis Christian College 7,229
72 Texas Southern University 7,615
73 Prairie View A & M University 7,652
74 The University of Texas at El Paso 7,878
75 Texas College 7,895
76 Wiley College 8,504
77 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 8,981
78 Texas Southmost College 9,331
79 Texas A & M International University 9,350

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