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
Barnard College

New York, NY

0.53
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

0.53
Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

0.53
Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

0.53
United States Naval Academy

Annapolis, MD

0.53
Mount Holyoke College

South Hadley, MA

0.52
Salem College

Winston-Salem, NC

0.52
Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, NY

0.52
Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

0.51
Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, MA

0.51
Drew University

Madison, NJ

0.50
Kentucky State University

Frankfort, KY

0.50
Harvey Mudd College

Claremont, CA

0.49
Haverford College

Haverford, PA

0.49
Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, IL

0.49
Bay Path College

Longmeadow, MA

0.48
East-​West University

Chicago, IL

0.46
Grinnell College

Grinnell, IA

0.46
Southwestern University

Georgetown, TX

0.46
United States Military Academy

West Point, NY

0.46
University of Wisconsin—​Parkside

Kenosha, WI

0.46
Berea College

Berea, KY

0.45
Knox College

Galesburg, IL

0.45
Linfield College

McMinnville, OR

0.45
United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, CO

0.45

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