Campus Ethnic Diversity

Regional Universities (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
University of North Carolina—​Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

0.68
Marymount University

Arlington, VA

0.65
St. Thomas University

Miami Gardens, FL

0.65
Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN

0.62
Warner University

Lake Wales, FL

0.61
Belhaven University

Jackson, MS

0.59
Mercer University

Macon, GA

0.59
Southern Polytechnic State University

Marietta, GA

0.59
Columbus State University

Columbus, GA

0.58
Brenau University

Gainesville, GA

0.56
Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

0.56
Troy University

Troy, AL

0.55
University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

0.55
Valdosta State University

Valdosta, GA

0.55
Armstrong Atlantic State University

Savannah, GA

0.54
Columbia College

Columbia, SC

0.54
Francis Marion University

Florence, SC

0.52
Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Natchitoches, LA

0.52
Palm Beach Atlantic University

West Palm Beach, FL

0.52
Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

0.52
Auburn University—​Montgomery

Montgomery, AL

0.51
Mississippi University for Women

Columbus, MS

0.51
Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

0.51
Charleston Southern University

Charleston, SC

0.50
St. Leo University

Saint Leo, FL

0.50

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