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
Willamette University

Salem, OR

0.45
Albright College

Reading, PA

0.43
Bryn Athyn College of the New Church

Bryn Athyn, PA

0.43
Centenary College of Louisiana

Shreveport, LA

0.43
Westmont College

Santa Barbara, CA

0.43
Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

0.42
Goucher College

Baltimore, MD

0.42
University of Minnesota—​Morris

Morris, MN

0.42
University of Richmond

Univ. of Richmond, VA

0.42
Carleton College

Northfield, MN

0.41
Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

0.41
Macalester College

St. Paul, MN

0.41
Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

0.41
Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

0.41
Trinity College

Hartford, CT

0.41
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Chickasha, OK

0.41
Earlham College

Richmond, IN

0.40
Louisiana State University—​Alexandria

Alexandria, LA

0.40
Randolph College

Lynchburg, VA

0.40
Simpson University

Redding, CA

0.40
Hollins University

Roanoke, VA

0.39
Johnson C. Smith University

Charlotte, NC

0.39
Oberlin College

Oberlin, OH

0.39
University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA

0.39
College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

0.38
Davidson College

Davidson, NC

0.38
Denison University

Granville, OH

0.38
King's College

New York, NY

0.38
Bethany College

Bethany, WV

0.37
Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

0.37
Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, IN

0.37
New College of Florida

Sarasota, FL

0.37
College of Idaho

Caldwell, ID

0.36
Colorado College

Colorado Springs, CO

0.36
Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

0.36
McDaniel College

Westminster, MD

0.36
Middlebury College

Middlebury, VT

0.36
Sweet Briar College

Sweet Briar, VA

0.36
Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, FL

0.35
Colgate University

Hamilton, NY

0.35
DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

0.35
Hampshire College

Amherst, MA

0.35
Lewis & Clark College

Portland, OR

0.35
Union College

Schenectady, NY

0.35
Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

0.35
Xavier University of Louisiana

New Orleans, LA

0.35
Bates College

Lewiston, ME

0.34
Millsaps College

Jackson, MS

0.34
Randolph-​Macon College

Ashland, VA

0.34
Beloit College

Beloit, WI

0.33

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