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
William Carey University

Hattiesburg, MS

0.50
Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, TN

0.49
Delta State University

Cleveland, MS

0.49
Embry-​Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach, FL

0.49
Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL

0.49
University of Louisiana—​Monroe

Monroe, LA

0.49
Georgia Southwestern State University

Americus, GA

0.48
Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, AR

0.48
Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, GA

0.48
Mary Baldwin College

Staunton, VA

0.48
Spring Hill College

Mobile, AL

0.47
Stetson University

DeLand, FL

0.47
Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

0.46
University of North Florida

Jacksonville, FL

0.46
University of South Florida—​St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg, FL

0.46
Southeastern Louisiana University

Hammond, LA

0.45
Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville, AL

0.44
Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA

0.44
Coastal Carolina University

Conway, SC

0.43
Mississippi College

Clinton, MS

0.43
University of Central Arkansas

Conway, AR

0.43
University of Tennessee—​Chattanooga

Chattanooga, TN

0.42
Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, NC

0.40
Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

0.40
Shenandoah University

Winchester, VA

0.40

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