Campus Ethnic Diversity

National Universities

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
George Washington University

Washington, DC

0.47
Portland State University

Portland, OR

0.47
Southern Methodist University

Dallas, TX

0.47
Texas A&M University—​Kingsville

Kingsville, TX

0.47
University of Rochester

Rochester, NY

0.47
University of West Florida

Pensacola, FL

0.47
College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, VA

0.46
Texas A&M University—​College Station

College Station, TX

0.46
Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, TN

0.45
Tufts University

Medford, MA

0.45
University of Louisiana—​Lafayette

Lafayette, LA

0.45
University of Massachusetts—​Lowell

Lowell, MA

0.45
University of Missouri—​St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

0.45
Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL

0.44
University of Alaska—​Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

0.44
Northeastern University

Boston, MA

0.43
Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

0.43
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Troy, NY

0.43
St. Louis University

St. Louis, MO

0.43
Wichita State University

Wichita, KS

0.43
Immaculata University

Immaculata, PA

0.42
University of Michigan—​Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, MI

0.42
University of Toledo

Toledo, OH

0.42
University of Wisconsin—​Milwaukee

Milwaukee, WI

0.42
Washington State University

Pullman, WA

0.42

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