The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In West Virginia For 2020

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our third time rankings the most diverse colleges in West Virginia.
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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 West Virginia, 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 West Virginia? After running the numbers on 18 colleges and universities, we landed on Bethany College as the most diverse college in West Virginia.

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

The 10 Most Diverse Colleges In West Virginia For 2020

  1. Bethany College
  2. West Virginia State University
  3. Ohio Valley University
  4. Alderson Broaddus University
  5. Glenville State College
  6. West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  7. University of Charleston
  8. Shepherd University
  9. West Virginia Wesleyan College
  10. Wheeling Jesuit University

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

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

For more reading on West Virginia, check out:

How We Determined The Most Diverse College Campuses In West Virginia 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 West Virginia.

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 18 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 Bethany College or West Virginia State University.

Location: Bethany, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 750
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,543

Bethany College may refer to a number of Bible schools, Bethany is the name of a Biblical village.

Bethany Bible College, New Brunswick, Canada

Bethany College (Kansas), Lindsborg, Kansas, United States

Bethany College (Saskatchewan), Canada

Bethany College (Sydney), Australia

Bethany College (West Virginia), United States

Bethany Global University, Bloomington, Minnesota, United States

Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato, Minnesota, United States

Bethany Lutheran Theological Seminary, Mankato, Minnesota, United States

Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Indiana, United States

Bethany University, Scotts Valley, California, United States, formerly known as Bethany Bible College and Bethany College

College of the Sisters of Bethany, Topeka, Kansas

Location: Institute, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 4,824
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,477

West Virginia State University was founded as a historically black public university in Institute, West Virginia, United States. In the Charleston-metro area, the school is usually referred to simply as \"State\" or \"West Virginia State\". It was one of the original group of African American land-grant colleges established by the second Morrill Act of 1890 and is the smallest land-grant institution in the country. African-American students currently comprise the minority of attending students. The University is a member-school of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.

Location: Vienna, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 419
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,885

Ohio Valley University is a private, four-year Christian college and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is located between the western towns of Parkersburg and Vienna in the state of West Virginia in the United States.

Alderson Broaddus University
Source: Wikipedia User |

Location: Philippi, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 693
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,071

Alderson Broaddus University is a private, four-year university in Philippi, West Virginia. Alderson Broaddus was formed in 1932 as Alderson-Broaddus College by the union of two Baptist institutions: Alderson Academy and Broaddus Institute. The school adopted its current name in 2013.

Glenville State College

Location: Glenville, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 2,126
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,142

Glenville State College is a public four-year college in Glenville, West Virginia.

Location: Montgomery, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 2,311
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,741

West Virginia University Institute of Technology is a four-year college located in Beckley, West Virginia. It is a divisional campus of West Virginia University. The school is commonly referred to as WVU Tech, WVU Beckley, or by its former nickname of West Virginia Tech.

University Of Charleston

Location: Charleston, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 1,035
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,741

The University of Charleston, formerly Morris Harvey College, is a private accredited university based in Charleston, West Virginia, United States. The university also has locations in Beckley, West Virginia and Martinsburg, West Virginia, known as UC-Beckley and UC-Martinsburg, respectively.

Shepherd University

Location: Shepherdstown, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 4,703
Diversity Index (HHI): 6,960

Shepherd University, formerly Shepherd College, is a state-funded university in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, United States. The University currently serves 4,041 students.

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Location: Buckhannon, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 1,581
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,142

West Virginia Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia, United States. It has an enrollment of about 1,400 students from 35 U.S. states and 26 countries. The school was founded in 1890 by the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist church.

Wheeling Jesuit University
Source: Wikipedia

Location: Wheeling, WV
# Of Undergraduates: 1,264
Diversity Index (HHI): 7,390

Wheeling Jesuit University is a private, coeducational Roman Catholic university in the United States. Located in Wheeling, West Virginia, it was founded as Wheeling College in 1954 by the Society of Jesus. Today, Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 member institutions of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Approximately 1,173 undergraduate students attend the university. WJU competes in Division II of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as a member of the Mountain East Conference.

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

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

Most Diverse Colleges In West Virginia

Rank College Diversity Index
1 Bethany College 4,543
2 West Virginia State University 5,477
3 Ohio Valley University 5,885
4 Alderson Broaddus University 6,071
5 Glenville State College 6,142
6 West Virginia University Institute of Technology 6,741
7 University of Charleston 6,741
8 Shepherd University 6,960
9 West Virginia Wesleyan College 7,142
10 Wheeling Jesuit University 7,390
11 West Virginia University 7,422
12 Marshall University 7,589
13 Bluefield State College 7,681
14 Fairmont State University 7,944
15 Concord University 8,082
16 Davis & Elkins College 8,437
17 West Liberty University 8,462
18 Appalachian Bible College 9,538

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