Campus Ethnic Diversity

Regional Universities (Midwest)

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
Davenport University

Grand Rapids, MI

0.42
University of Illinois—​Springfield

Springfield, IL

0.42
Lindenwood University

St. Charles, MO

0.41
Fontbonne University

St. Louis, MO

0.40
Park University

Parkville, MO

0.40
University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI

0.40
Creighton University

Omaha, NE

0.39
Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

0.39
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

0.39
Graceland University

Lamoni, IA

0.39
Hamline University

St. Paul, MN

0.39
Madonna University

Livonia, MI

0.39
Southwestern College

Winfield, KS

0.39
University of Michigan—​Flint

Flint, MI

0.39
Upper Iowa University

Fayette, IA

0.39
Southern Illinois University—​Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL

0.38
University of St. Mary

Leavenworth, KS

0.37
Rockford University

Rockford, IL

0.36
Youngstown State University

Youngstown, OH

0.36
Emporia State University

Emporia, KS

0.35
McKendree University

Lebanon, IL

0.35
Siena Heights University

Adrian, MI

0.35
Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

0.34
Baker University

Baldwin City, KS

0.33
Indiana University—​South Bend

South Bend, IN

0.33

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