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
University of Denver

Denver, CO

0.36
University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

0.36
Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA

0.36
Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

0.36
Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

0.36
North Carolina State University—​Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

0.35
University of Colorado—​Boulder

Boulder, CO

0.35
University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

0.35
University of Nebraska—​Omaha

Omaha, NE

0.35
University of Utah

Salt Lake City, UT

0.35
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester, MA

0.35
University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

0.34
Clark University

Worcester, MA

0.33
Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

0.33
Pennsylvania State University—​University Park

University Park, PA

0.33
University of Massachusetts—​Amherst

Amherst, MA

0.33
Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA

0.32
Ohio State University—​Columbus

Columbus, OH

0.32
University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

0.32
University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA

0.32
University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

0.32
Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green, OH

0.31
University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

0.31
Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

0.30
Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

0.30

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