The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Vermont For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Vermont.
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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 Vermont, 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 Vermont? After running the numbers on 15 colleges and universities, we landed on College of St Joseph as the most diverse college in Vermont.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Vermont For 2020

  1. College of St Joseph
  2. Southern Vermont College
  3. Sterling College
  4. Middlebury College
  5. Norwich University
  6. Bennington College
  7. Champlain College
  8. Green Mountain College
  9. Goddard College
  10. Johnson State College

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

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

For more reading on Vermont, check out:

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

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 15 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 College of St Joseph or Southern Vermont College.

Location: Rutland, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 371
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,541

College of St. Joseph is a private, residential, liberal arts Catholic college in Rutland, Vermont. It occupies a 117 acres wooded campus.

Southern Vermont College

Location: Bennington, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 455
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,123

Southern Vermont College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located on the 371-acre former Edward Everett Estate near Bennington, Vermont in the southwestern corner of the state bordering New York and Massachusetts.

Location: Craftsbury Common, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 29
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,381

Sterling College may refer to:

Sterling College (Kansas)

Sterling College (Vermont)

Middlebury College

Location: Middlebury, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 2,292
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,566

Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont, United States. The college was founded in 1800 by Congregationalists, making it the first operating college or university in Vermont. The college currently enrolls 2,526 undergraduates from all 50 states and 74 countries. Middlebury offers 44 majors in the arts, humanities, literature, foreign languages, social sciences, and natural sciences.

Norwich University

Location: Northfield, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 2,099
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,424

Norwich University - The Military College of Vermont is a private university located in Northfield, Vermont. It is the oldest private military college in the United States. The university was founded in 1819 at Norwich, Vermont, as the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy. It is the oldest of six senior military colleges, and is recognized by the United States Department of Defense as the \"Birthplace of ROTC\".

Bennington College

Location: Bennington, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 508
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,502

Bennington College is a private, nonsectarian liberal arts college in Bennington, Vermont. The college was founded in 1932 to explore new approaches in higher education, including an emphasis on self-directed learning and hands-on experience in the field. Originally a women's college, it became co-educational in 1969. Bennington was the first college to include visual and performing arts as an equal partner in the liberal arts curriculum. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools & Colleges.

Champlain College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Burlington, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 2,530
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,849

Champlain College is a private, co-educational undergraduate and graduate college in the U.S. city of Burlington, Vermont. Founded in 1878, Champlain offers traditional undergraduate and online undergraduate courses, along with online certificate and degree programs and master's degree programs, in more than 80 subject areas. Champlain enrolls 2,000 undergraduate students from 41 states and 22 countries.

Location: Poultney, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 631
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,976

Green Mountain College is a private liberal arts college in Poultney, Vermont, United States, at the foot of the Taconic Mountains between the Green Mountains and Adirondacks. The college has a core set of courses known as the Environmental Liberal Arts curriculum, in environmental and natural sciences, writing, reading, history and philosophy.

Goddard College
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Plainfield, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 339
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,151

Goddard College is a low-residency college with three locations in the United States: Plainfield, Vermont; Port Townsend, Washington; and Seattle, Washington. The college offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. With predecessor institutions dating to 1863, Goddard College was founded in 1938 as an experimental and non-traditional educational institution based on the ideas of John Dewey: that experience and education are intricately linked.

Johnson State College

Location: Johnson, VT
# Of Undergraduates: 1,361
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,643

Johnson State College is a small public liberal arts college, founded in 1828 by John Chesamore at Johnson in the U.S. state of Vermont. Johnson's president is Elaine C. Collins and its board chair is M. Jerome Diamond.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Vermont

Rank College Diversity Index
1 College of St Joseph 4,541
2 Southern Vermont College 5,123
3 Sterling College 5,381
4 Middlebury College 5,566
5 Norwich University 6,424
6 Bennington College 6,502
7 Champlain College 6,849
8 Green Mountain College 6,976
9 Goddard College 7,151
10 Johnson State College 7,643
11 Lyndon State College 7,680
12 University of Vermont 7,753
13 Saint Michael's College 7,910
14 Castleton University 8,385
15 Marlboro College 8,388

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