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
Illinois State University

Normal, IL

0.30
Indiana University—​Bloomington

Bloomington, IN

0.30
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Indiana, PA

0.30
Oakland University

Rochester, MI

0.30
University of Delaware

Newark, DE

0.30
Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

0.29
University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH

0.29
University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

0.29
University of Tennessee

Knoxville, TN

0.29
University of Wisconsin—​Madison

Madison, WI

0.29
Kent State University

Kent, OH

0.28
Edgewood College

Madison, WI

0.27
Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

0.27
Maryville University of St. Louis

St Louis, MO

0.27
University of Idaho

Moscow, ID

0.27
University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

0.27
University of St. Thomas

St. Paul, MN

0.26
Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, TN

0.25
University of Iowa

Iowa City, IA

0.25
University of Texas—​El Paso

El Paso, TX

0.25
Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, MI

0.24
Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

0.24
Clemson University

Clemson, SC

0.24
East Tennessee State University

Johnson City, TN

0.24
St. Mary's University of Minnesota

Winona, MN

0.24

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