Campus Ethnic Diversity

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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 Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL

0.61
Lamar University

Beaumont, TX

0.61
University of North Texas

Denton, TX

0.61
Biola University

La Mirada, CA

0.60
Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

0.60
Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

0.60
New School

New York, NY

0.60
Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

0.60
University of Maryland—​College Park

College Park, MD

0.60
University of Miami

Coral Gables, FL

0.60
Dartmouth College

Hanover, NH

0.59
New York University

New York, NY

0.59
University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

0.59
Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, CA

0.58
Old Dominion University

Norfolk, VA

0.58
Texas A&M University—​Corpus Christi

Corpus Christi, TX

0.58
Barry University

Miami Shores, FL

0.57
Brown University

Providence, RI

0.57
New Mexico State University

Las Cruces, NM

0.57
Northwestern University

Evanston, IL

0.57
University of Central Florida

Orlando, FL

0.57
University of Florida

Gainesville, FL

0.57
University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

0.57
University of North Carolina—​Greensboro

Greensboro, NC

0.57
University of Washington

Seattle, WA

0.57
Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

0.56
DePaul University

Chicago, IL

0.56
Georgia Institute of Technology

Atlanta, GA

0.56
Texas A&M University—​Commerce

Commerce, TX

0.56
University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ

0.56
University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

0.56
Sam Houston State University

Huntsville, TX

0.55
University at Albany—​SUNY

Albany, NY

0.55
University of Colorado—​Denver

Denver, CO

0.55
Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

0.54
University of Alabama—​Birmingham

Birmingham, AL

0.54
University of New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

0.54
Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

0.54
Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

0.53
Binghamton University—​SUNY

Binghamton, NY

0.53
Spalding University

Louisville, KY

0.53
Washington University in St. Louis

St. Louis, MO

0.53
Baylor University

Waco, TX

0.52
Boston University

Boston, MA

0.52
Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, WI

0.52
Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

0.52
University of Illinois—​Urbana-​Champaign

Champaign, IL

0.52
University of North Carolina—​Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

0.52
University of San Diego

San Diego, CA

0.52
Benedictine University

Lisle, IL

0.51

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