The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Washington For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in Washington.
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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 Washington, 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 Washington? After running the numbers on 24 colleges and universities, we landed on Trinity Lutheran College as the most diverse college in Washington.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In Washington For 2020

  1. Trinity Lutheran College
  2. University of Washington-Tacoma Campus
  3. University of Washington-Bothell Campus
  4. University of Washington-Seattle Campus
  5. Seattle University
  6. City University of Seattle
  7. Saint Martin's University
  8. Seattle Pacific University
  9. Central Washington University
  10. Heritage University

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

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

For more reading on Washington, check out:

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

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 24 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 Trinity Lutheran College or University of Washington-Tacoma Campus.

Location: Everett, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 129
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,713

Trinity Lutheran College may refer to:

Trinity Lutheran College, Ashmore, Queensland, Australia

Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, Washington, USA

University Of Washington-Tacoma Campus
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Tacoma, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,406
Diversity Index (HHI): 2,960

The University of Washington Tacoma is a four-year undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate campus of the University of Washington. It is located in downtown Tacoma, Washington. Students can choose majors in business, education, nursing, computer science, information technology, criminal justice, social work, environmental science, urban studies and interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Classes are offered day and evening, for full or part-time students. The institution is governed by the University of Washington Board of Regents.

University Of Washington-Bothell Campus

Location: Bothell, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,298
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,176

The University of Washington Bothell is a four-year undergraduate and graduate campus in northeast King County, one of the three campuses of the public University of Washington. The campus was established in 1990. UW Bothell shares a campus with Cascadia College. UW Bothell is the largest branch campus in the state and the fastest growing four-year university in the state of Washington. In 2014 and 2015, Money Magazine ranked UW Bothell as the best university in Washington state in terms of value and quality. In the same study, UW Bothell ranked 10th nationally among public universities and 36th overall.

University Of Washington-Seattle Campus

Location: Seattle, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 25,987
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,531

The University of Washington is a public research university in Seattle, Washington.

Founded in 1861, Washington was first established in downtown Seattle approximately a decade after the city's founding to aid its economic development. Today, the university's 703-acre main Seattle campus is situated in the University District above the Montlake Cut, within the urban Puget Sound region of the Pacific Northwest. The university has two additional campuses in Tacoma and Bothell. Overall, UW encompasses over 500 buildings and over 20 million gross square footage of space, including one of the largest library systems in the world with over 26 university libraries, as well as the UW Tower, lecture halls, art centers, museums, laboratories, stadiums, and conference centers. The university offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees through 140 departments in various colleges and schools, sees about 46,000 in total student enrollment every year, and functions on a quarter system.

Seattle University

Location: Seattle, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,303
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,667

Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university in the northwestern United States, located in the First Hill neighborhood of Seattle, Washington.

City University Of Seattle

Location: Seattle, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,573
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,754

City University of Seattle, also known as CityU, is a private not-for-profit institution of higher learning based in Seattle, Washington. In 2016-17, CityU enrolled 6,755 students worldwide. The university consists of the School of Management, Albright School of Education, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Applied Leadership, the Technology Institute, and Washington Academy of Languages. CityU of Seattle offers campus education around the world and online education. CityU is part of the National University System, a private nonprofit university system.

Saint Martin

Location: Lacey, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,100
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,084

Saint Martin's University is a coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts university in the United States. Located in Lacey, Washington, it was founded in 1895 as an all-boys boarding school by monks of the Benedictine Order. Saint Martin's began offering college-level courses in 1900 and became a degree-granting institution in 1940. The college became coeducational in 1965. In 2005, it changed its name from Saint Martin's College to Saint Martin's University. The school motto is \"Think with heart.\" With a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio and a minority student population of 45%, the college has a reputation for diversity and small class sizes. It has a functioning Benedictine monastery on school grounds, and some members of the monastic community also serve as professors. The tuition for 2013-2014 is $31,688 although many students benefit from financial aid packages.

Seattle Pacific University

Location: Seattle, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 2,692
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,463

Seattle Pacific University is a private liberal arts university in Seattle, Washington, founded in 1891 in conjunction with the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church as the Seattle Seminary. It became the Seattle Seminary and College in 1913, adopting the name Seattle Pacific College in 1915, and took its present moniker in 1977. Seattle Pacific University is a member of the Christian College Consortium.

Central Washington University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Ellensburg, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 7,603
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,785

Central Washington University, or CWU, is a regional, comprehensive public university located on a 380-acre campus in Ellensburg in the US state of Washington. Founded in 1891, the university consists of three chief divisions include the Office of the President, Business and Financial Affairs, and Academic and Student Life. Within ASL are four colleges: the College of Arts and Humanities, the College of Business, the College of Education and Professional Studies, and College of the Sciences.

Location: Toppenish, WA
# Of Undergraduates: 807
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,798

Heritage University is a private university in Toppenish, Washington, on the Yakama Indian Reservation. It offers associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In Washington

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Trinity Lutheran College 2,713
2 University of Washington-Tacoma Campus 2,960
3 University of Washington-Bothell Campus 3,176
4 University of Washington-Seattle Campus 3,531
5 Seattle University 3,667
6 City University of Seattle 3,754
7 Saint Martin's University 4,084
8 Seattle Pacific University 4,463
9 Central Washington University 4,785
10 Heritage University 4,798
11 Cornish College of the Arts 4,811
12 Washington State University 4,820
13 Antioch University-Seattle 4,963
14 The Evergreen State College 5,119
15 Pacific Lutheran University 5,251
16 Eastern Washington University 5,272
17 Walla Walla University 5,489
18 Northwest University 5,518
19 Western Washington University 5,666
20 Bastyr University 5,853
21 Gonzaga University 5,948
22 University of Puget Sound 5,949
23 Whitworth University 6,124
24 Whitman College 6,202

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