Campus Ethnic Diversity

National Liberal Arts Colleges

Campus Ethnic Diversity Methodology

College-bound students who believe that studying with people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds is important will want to consider student-body diversity when choosing a school. To identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. The data are drawn from each institution's 2012-2013 school year student body.

The categories we use in our calculations are Black or African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Asian, Pacific Islander, White (non-Hispanic) and multiracial. Students who did not identify themselves as members of any of those demographic groups were classified as whites who are non-Hispanic for the purpose of these calculations. Our formula produces a diversity index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer a school's number is to 1.0, the more diverse is the student population.

School Diversity index
Washington and Jefferson College

Washington, PA

0.21
Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

0.20
Lycoming College

Williamsport, PA

0.20
Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA

0.20
Ripon College

Ripon, WI

0.20
University of North Carolina—​Asheville

Asheville, NC

0.20
Washington and Lee University

Lexington, VA

0.20
Washington College

Chestertown, MD

0.20
Burlington College

Burlington, VT

0.19
Hanover College

Hanover, IN

0.19
Northland College

Ashland, WI

0.19
St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

0.19
Stonehill College

Easton, MA

0.19
St. Vincent College

Latrobe, PA

0.19
Alma College

Alma, MI

0.17
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

0.17
Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, NE

0.17
Shawnee State University

Portsmouth, OH

0.17
Stillman College

Tuscaloosa, AL

0.17
Transylvania University

Lexington, KY

0.17
Central College

Pella, IA

0.15
Houghton College

Houghton, NY

0.15
Luther College

Decorah, IA

0.15
Simpson College

Indianola, IA

0.15
Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, MN

0.13

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