Campus Ethnic Diversity

Regional Colleges (South)

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.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

School Diversity index
Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, MS

0.23
John Brown University

Siloam Springs, AR

0.23
Kentucky Wesleyan College

Owensboro, KY

0.23
Welch College

Nashville, TN

0.23
Bethune-​Cookman University

Daytona Beach, FL

0.22
High Point University

High Point, NC

0.22
Bluefield State College

Bluefield, WV

0.21
North Greenville University

Tigerville, SC

0.20
Tennessee Wesleyan College

Athens, TN

0.20
Asbury University

Wilmore, KY

0.19
Covenant College

Lookout Mountain, GA

0.19
Williams Baptist College

Walnut Ridge, AR

0.17
Concord University

Athens, WV

0.15
Livingstone College

Salisbury, NC

0.15
Paine College

Augusta, GA

0.15
Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling, WV

0.15
Bryan College

Dayton, TN

0.13
West Liberty University

West Liberty, WV

0.13
University of Arkansas—​Pine Bluff

Pine Bluff, AR

0.10
Fort Valley State University

Fort Valley, GA

0.08
Virginia Union University

Richmond, VA

0.08
Lees-​McRae College

Banner Elk, NC

0.06
Philander Smith College

Little Rock, AR

0.06
Alice Lloyd College

Pippa Passes, KY

0.04
St. Augustine's University

Raleigh, NC

0.04

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