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Some schools are significantly more diverse than others. BestColleges has presented the following list of the country's 50 most diverse colleges, universities, and other institutions that offer undergraduate credentials. Diversity is a fundamental element of higher education in the United States. By surrounding themselves with peers who hail from a wide range of racial and ethnic groups, men and women who enroll in U.S. colleges and universities can effectively prepare for the diverse workforce they will encounter after graduation.

To create our ranking, we consulted two authoritative sources on the subject: the Shannon-Weiner Index, one of the most widely used algorithms for determining ethnic diversity within a specified population; and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System, a compendium of statistics associated with gender and ethnic disbursement maintained by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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  2. Rank
    1
    School

    CUNY City College

    Location
    New York, NY
    Tuition
    $3,165 per semester in state

    Websites

    Address

    160 Convent Ave
    New York, NY 10031
    (212) 650-7000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    White students comprise 16.1% of the population at CUNY City College, although this group is outnumbered by three other racial demographics: Asian (21.1%), Black/African American (19.1%) and Hispanic/Latino (33.6%). Non-Resident Alien students represent an additional 8% of the student body. Several of the school's scholarships are aimed at students who identify as a racial minority.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 47.7%
    • Women: 52.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 21.1%
    • Black or African American: 19.1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 33.6%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.4%
    • White: 16.9%
    • Two or More Races: 1.0%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 0.0%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 8.0%
  3. Rank
    2
    School

    Rutgers University – New Brunswick

    Location
    New Brunswick, NJ
    Tuition
    $13,856 resident;
    $28,280 nonresident
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    Websites

    Address

    83 Somerset St
    New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1281
    (732) 932-1766

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    At Rutgers University's Newark campus, three different racial groups ― Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and White ― are each represented by more than 20% of the student body, and Black/African American students constitute an additional 17.7%. Rutgers University-Newark has earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report as the most ethnically diverse national university in the United States.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.48

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 46.7%
    • Women: 53.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 22.6%
    • Black or African American: 17.7%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 21.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.7%
    • White: 26.7%
    • Two or More Races: 2.9%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 4.9%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 2.6%
  4. Rank
    3
    School

    University of Houston

    Location
    Houston, TX
    Tuition
    $4,855 resident;
    $12,205 nonresident
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    Websites

    Address

    212 E. Cullen Building
    Houston, TX 77204-2018
    (713) 743-1000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    At the University of Houston (one of the largest colleges on our list), three racial groups ― Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and White ― each comprise roughly 20% to 30% of the student body, and African American students represent an additional 12.2% of the population. UH placed fifth on U.S. News & World Report's list of the nation's most ethnically diverse national universities.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.45

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 50.6%
    • Women: 49.4%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 20.6%
    • Black or African American: 12.2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 28.4%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 30.4%
    • Two or More Races: 2.9%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 0.7%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.5%
  5. Rank
    4
    School

    Holy Names University

    Location
    Oakland, CA
    Tuition
    $35,166 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    3500 Mountain Blvd
    Oakland, CA 94619-1699
    (510) 436-1000

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Holy Names University was ranked by U.S. News & World Report (using a slightly different methodology) as the most diverse university in the country for the 2012-13 academic year. Black/African American students and Hispanic/Latino students each comprised more than 20% of the student body, while White and Asian students each represented at least 14% of the student population. The local community plays a role in the school's multicultural and multiethnic atmosphere; Business Insider recently ranked Oakland as the fourth most diverse city in the United States.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.64

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 29.9%
    • Women: 70.1%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.7%
    • Asian: 14.7%
    • Black or African American: 21.8%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 26.3%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 3.8%
    • White: 18.5%
    • Two or More Races: 4.8%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.4%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 3.9%
  6. Rank
    5
    School

    CUNY New York City College of Technology

    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    Tuition
    $6,069 in state;
    $15,639 out of state
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    Websites

    Address

    300 Jay St
    Brooklyn, NY 11201
    (718) 260-5500

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    At CUNY New York City College of Technology, White students comprise a lower percentage of the student body (14.4%) than three other groups: Asian (16.7%), Black/African American (34.8%), and Hispanic/Latino (28.5%). The school offers more than a dozen scholarships for undergraduates who enroll there, including several aimed at students who belong to racial minorities and/or come from low-income backgrounds.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.38

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 55.2%
    • Women: 44.8%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.4%
    • Asian: 16.7%
    • Black or African American: 34.8%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 28.5%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.4%
    • White: 14.4%
    • Two or More Races: 0.6%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 0.0%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.3%
  7. Rank
    6
    School

    Houston Baptist University

    Location
    Houston, TX
    Tuition
    $29,800 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    7502 Fondren Rd
    Houston, TX 77074-3298
    (281) 649-3000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Houston Baptist University boasts a larger student body than any of the other religiously affiliated schools in our top 10 by a considerable margin. Four racial groups ― Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and White ― each comprise double-digit percentages of Houston Baptist University's student body. Women also outnumber male students by a margin of nearly 2:1. The university offers several merit- and needs-based scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.52

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 35.0%
    • Women: 65.0%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 12.1%
    • Black or African American: 18.5%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 28.0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 27.5%
    • Two or More Races: 8.2%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.6%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 3.6%
  8. Rank
    7
    School

    California State University-East Bay

    Location
    Hayward, CA
    Tuition
    $6,564 in state;
    $15,492 out of state
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    Websites

    Address

    25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
    Hayward, CA 94542
    (510) 885-3000

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Cal State East Bay boasts the largest student body of any other school in the top 10 ― in fact, the Hayward school has nearly as many students as the other nine combined. Female students comprise more than 60% of the student population, while Asian, Black/African American, and Hispanic/Latino students collectively comprise nearly 60%. Hayward is within close proximity to the cities of Vallejo, Suisun City, and Oakland, which respectively placed first, second, and fourth on Business Insider's list of the nation's most diverse cities.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.53

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 38.8%
    • Women: 61.2%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 25.0%
    • Black or African American: 11.4%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 23.2%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 1.1%
    • White: 18.9%
    • Two or More Races: 5.3%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 7.5%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 7.5%
  9. Rank
    8
    School

    CUNY Brooklyn College

    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    Tuition
    $3,015 per semester in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    2900 Bedford Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11210
    (718) 951-5000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    CUNY Brooklyn College is one of the largest in the CUNY system and it's also one of the most diverse schools in the country. Nearly one in four students here are African American and together, the students here speak a total of 150 languages. This makes for a student body with wide ranging academic and cultural interests and the school prides itself in its ability to support and engage each one.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.39

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 40.6%
    • Women: 59.4%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 16.4%
    • Black or African American: 24.8%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 14.0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
    • White: 39.9%
    • Two or More Races: 0.8%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 3.8%
  10. Rank
    9
    School

    CUNY Hunter College

    Location
    New York, NY
    Tuition
    $260 per credit in state;
    $535 per credit out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    695 Park Ave
    New York, NY 10065
    (212) 772-4000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Female students outnumber males by a ratio of nearly 2:1 at CUNY Hunter, which boasts the largest student body of all the senior colleges in the CUNY system. Additionally, three racial groups ― Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and White comprise between 22% and 35% of the school's population, and Black/African American students represent another 10.4%.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.39

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 34.2%
    • Women: 65.8%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 23.5%
    • Black or African American: 10.4%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 22.0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.7%
    • White: 35.0%
    • Two or More Races: 1.4%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 0.0%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 6.7%
  11. Rank
    10
    School

    Baruch College, CUNY

    Location
    New York, NY
    Tuition
    $3,165 per semester in state
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    Websites

    Address

    One Bernard Baruch Way (55 Lexington Ave at 24th St)
    New York, NY 10010
    (646) 312-1000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    CUNY Bernard M Baruch College has many attractive features for a diverse student population; from student run initiatives like CUNY Black Male Initiative to the Asian Culture Exchange, a student run club, there are plenty of options to choose from and support to be had. This school even features an International Student Service Center, which exists to assist students with the immigration and administration aspects of their education.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 52.0%
    • Women: 48.0%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 34.1%
    • Black or African American: 9.3%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 15.3%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 28.7%
    • Two or More Races: 0.6%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 11.7%
  12. Rank
    11
    School

    University of Houston-Downtown

    Location
    Houston, TX
    Tuition
    $5,516 resident;
    $14,204 nonresident
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1 Main Street
    Houston, TX 77002-1014
    (713) 221-8000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    University of Houston-Downtown is considered one of the most diverse higher education institutions in the South. The school is chock full of diverse student organizations, including the South Asian Student Association, and provides fun events that foster cultural awareness, like the Culture on the Bayou Bash event, which takes place each spring.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.4

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 40.1%
    • Women: 60.0%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.4%
    • Asian: 8.2%
    • Black or African American: 26.8%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 38.1%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
    • White: 19.2%
    • Two or More Races: 1.0%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 0.9%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 5.3%
  13. Rank
    12
    School

    Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus

    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    Tuition
    $33,018 annually
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    Websites

    Address

    1 University Plaza
    Brooklyn, NY 11201-5372
    (718) 488-1013

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Long Island University-Brooklyn offers underrepresented students the services they need, as well as fun and engaging opportunities to explore other cultures, and to express their own in a safe and supportive environment. Underrepresented students enjoy many celebratory events and outlets in relation to a variety of cultures, including LIU's visual and performing arts community and a number of student-run clubs and organizations that promote diversity.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 29%
    • Women: 71%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • Asian & Pacific Islander: 20%
    • Black or African American: 35%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 17%
    • White: 28%
  14. Rank
    13
    School

    Nyack College

    Location
    Nyack, NY
    Tuition
    $12,000 per semester in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1 South Blvd
    Nyack, NY 10960-3698
    (845) 675-4400

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Female students outnumber their male counterparts by a margin of nearly 2:1 at Nyack College affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. At nearly one-third, Black and African students comprise a higher contingent of the school's population than any other racial group. Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and White students additionally represent double-digit percentages.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.42

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 39.4%
    • Women: 60.6%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 10.3%
    • Black or African American: 32.9%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 24.6%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 22.5%
    • Two or More Races: 2.7%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.7%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.8%
  15. Rank
    14
    School

    Andrews University

    Location
    Berrien Springs, MI
    Tuition
    $34,932 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    4150 Administration Drive, Room 136
    Berrien Springs, MI 49104
    (800) 253-2874

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC, DETC/AC

    School Description

    White students represent the highest contingent of students at Andrews University, but this number still constitutes less than one-third; individuals who identify as Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Non-Resident Alien each comprise double-digit percentages of the student body. After UNLV, this is the second most diverse school located in a non-coastal state.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.42

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 44.4%
    • Women: 55.6%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 11.2%
    • Black or African American: 23.7%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 14.4%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.6%
    • White: 31.6%
    • Two or More Races: 3.0%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.4%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 13.9%
  16. Rank
    15
    School

    Saint Peter’s University

    Location
    Jersey City, NJ
    Tuition
    $33,232 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    2641 Kennedy Blvd
    Jersey City, NJ 07306-5997
    (201) 761-6000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Three racial groups ― Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and White ― each comprise more than a quarter of the student population at Saint Peter's University, while students identifying as Asian represent another 10.4%. In contrast to most other Jesuit schools with larger populations (such as Gonzaga and Santa Clara University) with more evenly split gender ratios, female students account for 60% of this school's student body.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.37

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 40.0%
    • Women: 60.0%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.5%
    • Asian: 10.4%
    • Black or African American: 28.5%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 26.6%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 27.5%
    • Two or More Races: 1.7%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.9%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 2.7%
  17. Rank
    16
    School

    CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

    Location
    New York, NY
    Tuition
    $3,165 per semester in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    524 W 59th St
    New York, NY 10019
    (212) 237-8000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice boasts a very diverse student population and an easy-to-access website useful for getting information about clubs and organizations related to diversity. The Urban Male Initiative, for example, offers underrepresented students-including Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino students-the ability to receive extra support throughout their time at CUNY JJCOCJ. Women's groups, LGBTQIA groups, and a variety of other groups are also available for students to participate in.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 44.0%
    • Women: 56.0%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 10.6%
    • Black or African American: 20.4%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 42.0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.5%
    • White: 22.6%
    • Two or More Races: 0.9%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 2.7%
  18. Rank
    17
    School

    Humphreys College

    Location
    Stockton, CA
    Tuition
    $4,152 per unit
    +

    Websites

    Address

    6650 Inglewood Ave
    Stockton, CA 95207-3896
    (209) 478-08003158

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Humphreys College administration strives to create an environment in which all students feel comfortable. Through student clubs and organizations like the Black Law Students Association, Humphreys College inspires students from all corners of the globe to participate. With a small student population, and high percentages of students from varying races and ethnic groups, Humphreys College is sure to be a melting pot of different personalities and backgrounds, making it an attractive choice for students who wish to learn about new cultures.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 22.1%
    • Women: 77.9%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.8%
    • Asian: 7.8%
    • Black or African American: 17.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 40.2%
    • White: 30.8%
    • Two or More Races: 0.3%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 3.1%
  19. Rank
    18
    School

    New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Location
    Newark, NJ
    Tuition
    $13,120 resident;
    $26,760 nonresident
    +

    Websites

    Address

    University Heights
    Newark, NJ 07102
    (973) 596-3000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    New Jersey Institute of Technology boasts a wide variety of student clubs and activities, which includes diversity-based clubs like the African Student Association, Filipino Student Association, and the Persian Cultural Society, to name just a few. Even more impressive, this school has its own Diversity Programs Office, which provides monthly celebration programs and other fun activities, geared towards promoting diversity in a supportive environment.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 76.3%
    • Women: 23.7%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 20.6%
    • Black or African American: 9.4%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 20.2%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.1%
    • White: 34.6%
    • Two or More Races: 2.4%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 8.2%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.5%
  20. Rank
    19
    School

    New Jersey City University

    Location
    Jersey City, NJ
    Tuition
    $10,852 in state;
    $19,424 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    2039 Kennedy Blvd
    Jersey City, NJ 07305
    (201) 200-2000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    New Jersey City University is proud of its diverse student body. In fact, its website boasts the fact that NJCU student's, faculty, and staff speak over 50 languages collectively. This sets the stage for a melting pot of different ethnicities, races, and lifestyle choices. Student organizations, such as the African Students Association, only further serve to excite students about NJCU's diversity.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 39.9%
    • Women: 60.2%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 8.2%
    • Black or African American: 20.4%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 35.0%
    • White: 25.9%
    • Two or More Races: 0.9%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 8.7%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 0.8%
  21. Rank
    20
    School

    CUNY Graduate School and University Center

    Location
    New York, NY
    Tuition
    $4,530 per semester in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    365 Fifth Ave
    New York, NY 10016
    (212) 817-7000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    CUNY Graduate School and University Center reflects the diversity of New York City, and fosters an environment in which underrepresented students can succeed. The school has its very own Educational Opportunity and Diversity Program, which exists to recruit students from various cultures and support them through their time at CUNY. In addition, The Office of International Students provides academic and cultural support for international students, offering advice and help for transitioning into the American education system and society.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 31.9%
    • Women: 68.1%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 8.8%
    • Black or African American: 30.4%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 22.1%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.1%
    • White: 38.5%
    • Two or More Races: 0.1%
  22. Rank
    21
    School

    College of Mount Saint Vincent

    Location
    Bronx, NY
    Tuition
    $30,290 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    6301 Riverdale Ave
    Bronx, NY 10471-1093
    (718) 405-3200

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    The Bronx is home to one of New York City's most diverse communities, and this Catholic liberal arts college is no exception. Nearly three-quarters of the student body at College of Mount Saint Vincent are female, while students who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and White all occupy double-digit percentages of Mount Saint Vincent's population.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.42

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 27.6%
    • Women: 72.5%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 8.4%
    • Black or African American: 17.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 35.0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.1%
    • White: 27.8%
    • Two or More Races: 5.5%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.1%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 0.9%
  23. Rank
    22
    School

    Resurrection University

    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Tuition
    $11,923 per semester in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1431 N. Claremont
    Chicago, IL 60622
    (773) 252-6464

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Resurrection University specializes in nursing credentials, female students outnumber males at a ratio of roughly 9:1. White students comprise more than half of the school's population, while individuals who identify as Asian or Race/Ethnicity Unknown represent an additional 27.7% of the student body.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.39

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 11.0%
    • Women: 89.0%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 15.5%
    • Black or African American: 9.6%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 6.2%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 50.6%
    • Two or More Races: 5.1%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 12.2%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 0.3%
  24. Rank
    23
    School

    University of California – Merced

    Location
    Merced, CA
    Tuition
    $13,772 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    5200 North Lake Road
    Merced, CA 95343-5603
    (209) 228-4400

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Male students outnumber females by a margin of merely 0.2% at this relatively small branch of the UC university system. Hispanic/Latino students represent nearly 40% of the student body at University of California-Merced ― more than double the number of White students ― while individuals who identify as Asian comprise another 28%.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 50.2%
    • Women: 49.8%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 28.0%
    • Black or African American: 6.6%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 39.8%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.7%
    • White: 17.3%
    • Two or More Races: 3.9%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.9%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 1.5%
  25. Rank
    24
    School

    Southwestern Adventist University

    Location
    Keene, TX
    Tuition
    $9,648 per semester in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    100 W Hillcrest
    Keene, TX 76059
    (817) 645-3921

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Of the 13 U.S. higher-learning institutions that are officially affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church, SWAU is the second most diverse (after La Sierra University). Black/ African American, Hispanic/Latino, White, and Non-Resident Alien students each comprise double-digit percentages of the school's population, and females represent nearly 60% of the student body.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.43

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 40.3%
    • Women: 59.7%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.0%
    • Asian: 4.1%
    • Black or African American: 14.2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 33.2%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.8%
    • White: 24.7%
    • Two or More Races: 2.9%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.3%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 14.9%
  26. Rank
    25
    School

    Nova Southeastern University

    Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Tuition
    $25,950 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    3301 College Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314-7796
    (954) 262-7300

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Nova Southeastern University offers students a wide variety of student clubs created specifically to foster diversity; these clubs include: Caribbean Student Association, Haitian Student Association, and Pakistani Student Association. With a large Black/African American and Hispanic/Latino population, this school is sure to provide ample resources for a diverse student body, as well as fun activities to promote and explore different cultures.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 30.2%
    • Women: 69.8%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 5.8%
    • Black or African American: 22.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 32.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
    • White: 28.4%
    • Two or More Races: 1.3%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 3.6%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 5.6%
  27. Rank
    26
    School

    Rush University

    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Tuition
    $11,361 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    600 S. Paulina St. STE 440
    Chicago, IL 60612
    (312) 942-7100

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Rush University is proud to have a diverse student population. The college's approach to diversity is fully inclusive; Rush U offers multicultural affairs resources and support, diversity scholarships, and recognition for underrepresented student populations. The diverse student body at Rush U mirrors their mission statement, which promises an environment in which every student has equal access to a great education and professional opportunities.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 27.8%
    • Women: 72.2%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.9%
    • Asian: 24.1%
    • Black or African American: 13.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 13.0%
    • White: 47.2%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.9%
  28. Rank
    27
    School

    La Sierra University

    Location
    Riverside, CA
    Tuition
    $29,895 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    4500 Riverwalk Parkway
    Riverside, CA 92515-8247
    (951) 785-20002460

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    More than half of the students who attend this small, religiously affiliated school in the Southern Californian city of Riverside are of either Hispanic/Latino descent or registered as "Non-Resident Aliens." Asian and White students are also represented in the student body with double-digit percentages. La Sierra offers two need-based grants, The La Sierra Need Grant and the Church Matching Scholarship, as well as more than two dozen other scholarships, many of which are merit-based and/or awarded by specific academic departments and associations.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.51

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 42.9%
    • Women: 57.1%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 14.7%
    • Black or African American: 7.7%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 39.0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 2.4%
    • White: 17.2%
    • Two or More Races: 4.6%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 0.4%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 13.8%
  29. Rank
    28
    School

    CUNY Queens College

    Location
    Flushing, NY
    Tuition
    $6,207 in state;
    $15,777 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    65-30 Kissena Blvd
    Flushing, NY 11367
    (718) 997-5000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    As a testament to CUNY Queens College's interest in diversification, their website features a wide variety of student clubs; from clubs with religious affiliations to clubs with a focus on various cultures, students are sure to find support and peers who share similar interests. CUNY Queens College also features a Minority Affairs center, which is an office that provides additional support to students who belong to a minority group such as African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino students. Services include counseling, support groups, fun events, and more.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 42.5%
    • Women: 57.5%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 23.7%
    • Black or African American: 7.2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 22.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
    • White: 41.0%
    • Two or More Races: 0.3%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.6%
  30. Rank
    29
    School

    Southern California Seminary

    Location
    El Cajon, CA
    Tuition
    $385 per unit
    +

    Websites

    Address

    2075 E. Madison Avenue
    El Cajon, CA 92019-1108
    (619) 201-8999

    Accreditation

    TACCS/AC

    School Description

    Female students outnumber males by a ratio of more than 4:1 at Southern California Seminary, where the entire student body numbers fewer than 200. White students represent 46% of the population, which is slightly lower than the combined percentage of Asian, Black/African American, and Hispanic/Latino students.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.39

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 81.1%
    • Women: 18.9%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 2.7%
    • Asian: 17.6%
    • Black or African American: 21.6%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 8.1%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.0%
    • White: 46.0%
    • Two or More Races: 0.0%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 0.0%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.1%
  31. Rank
    30
    School

    University of California – Riverside

    Location
    Riverside, CA
    Tuition
    $15,693 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    900 University Ave
    Riverside, CA 92521
    (951) 827-1012

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    University of California-Riverside has many features that make the college a supportive and fun environment for a diverse student population, including its Ethnic & Gender Program Offices, which exist to foster cultural exploration, growth, and development. This college also boasts over 350 student organizations, many of which target African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino students, as well as countless other cultures and minority groups, including women and students affiliated with specific religions.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 48.2%
    • Women: 51.8%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 36.6%
    • Black or African American: 5.7%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 34.8%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.4%
    • White: 15.2%
    • Two or More Races: 2.8%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.9%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 2.4%
  32. Rank
    31
    School

    University of Illinois at Chicago

    Location
    Chicago, IL
    Tuition
    $7,294 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    601 S Morgan
    Chicago, IL 60607
    (312) 996-7000

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    University of Illinois-Chicago offers its students a wide variety of student support services in relation to diversity and cultural awareness. On the school's website, students can access a wealth of these resources, including the African American Academic Network, the Latino Cultural Center, and the Native American Support Program, to name just a few.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 48.5%
    • Women: 51.5%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.1%
    • Asian: 21.9%
    • Black or African American: 8.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 23.7%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.5%
    • White: 40.0%
    • Two or More Races: 2.4%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.8%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 1.6%
  33. Rank
    32
    School

    SUNY College at Old Westbury

    Location
    Old Westbury, NY
    Tuition
    $8,443 in state;
    $18,086 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    223 Store Hill Rd
    Old Westbury, NY 11568-0210
    (516) 876-3000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Our list of the 50 most diverse colleges and universities in the U.S. ends with SUNY College at Old Westbury ― but this school still outranks more than 1,700 other institutions across the country on the Shannon-Weiner Index. Collectively, three racial groups ― Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and White ― comprise more than 80% of the student body.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.37

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 41.3%
    • Women: 58.7%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 8.4%
    • Black or African American: 29.1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 20.5%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.4%
    • White: 34.2%
    • Two or More Races: 2.7%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 3.1%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 1.4%
  34. Rank
    33
    School

    Dominican College of Blauvelt

    Location
    Orangeburg, NY
    Tuition
    $24,020 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    470 Western Highway
    Orangeburg, NY 10962-1210
    (845) 359-7800

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    The clubs offered by Dominican College of Blauvelt reflect its fun and engaging spirit, and include the Latin Dance Team club and the Anime Manga and Gaming Club, two groups that bring students with similar interests together to celebrate culture. Counseling services are also available to students, and provide a safe place for them to discuss issues related to "ethnic, cultural, and racial differences."

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 32.8%
    • Women: 67.2%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 8.5%
    • Black or African American: 16.1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 26.1%
    • White: 35.7%
    • Two or More Races: 3.5%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 8.6%
    • Non-Resident Alien:1.1%
  35. Rank
    34
    School

    St. John’s University

    Location
    Queens, NY
    Tuition
    $37,870 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    8000 Utopia Pky
    Queens, NY 11439
    (718) 990-6161

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    St. John's University - New York features a multicultural affairs initiative that provides students with an experience "in which differences and similarities are recognized, understood, and appreciated." This initiative hosts fun and educational events, including learning fairs, festivals, and celebrations. St. John's University-New York also offers a variety of student clubs aimed at providing a safe, educational, and fun environment for students from all over the world.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 45.7%
    • Women: 54.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 15.5%
    • Black or African American: 15.2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 15.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 41.2%
    • Two or More Races: 2.9%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.5%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 3.4%
  36. Rank
    35
    School

    California State University – Dominguez Hills

    Location
    Carson, CA
    Tuition
    $6,134 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1000 E Victoria St
    Carson, CA 90747-0005
    (310) 243-3300

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    California State University-Dominguez Hills promotes its diverse student body, and offers a wealth of student support services for underrepresented students. The Multicultural Center celebrates diversity, and offers fun and engaging student events and services, all aimed at making underrepresented students feel more confident and comfortable at school. In addition, California State University-Dominguez offers its students a variety of clubs and organizations, many of which target students from underrepresented cultures. Clubs include Asian Pacific Student Alliance and Black Student Union, to name a few.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 35.6%
    • Women: 64.4%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 9.5%
    • Black or African American: 18.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 50.3%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.5%
    • White: 10.8%
    • Two or More Races: 3.0%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.9%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 1.6%
  37. Rank
    36
    School

    San Francisco State University

    Location
    San Francisco, CA
    Tuition
    $2,736 per unit
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1600 Holloway Ave
    San Francisco, CA 94132
    (415) 338-1111

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    SF State is the largest higher-learning institution in San Francisco. Asian and White students each comprise at least a quarter of the student population, Hispanic/Latino students represent another 22.3%. Individuals who identify as Two or More Races or Race/Ethnicity Unknown collectively comprise almost 11%, which is more than double the percentage of Black/African American students.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.42

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 43.2%
    • Women: 56.9%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 27.9%
    • Black or African American: 5.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 22.3%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.6%
    • White: 25.9%
    • Two or More Races: 5.3%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.6%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 7.3%
  38. Rank
    37
    School

    Texas Woman’s University

    Location
    Denton, TX
    Tuition
    $5,950 in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    304 Administration Dr
    Denton, TX 76201
    (940) 898-2000

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    As part of the Texas Woman's University mission to provide a safe and educational environment for all students, the college offers its Office of Intercultural Services. This office provides a variety of programs and services aimed at students from all over the world. Texas Woman's University understands that underrepresented students may need additional services, and the college is happy to provide them. This college also features a variety of clubs aimed at creating a fun and exciting student experience for individuals from different cultures.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 9.7%
    • Women: 90.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.6%
    • Asian: 7.5%
    • Black or African American: 21.3%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 22.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
    • White: 42.9%
    • Two or More Races: 2.4%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 0.9%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 1.4%
  39. Rank
    38
    School

    SUNY Downstate Medical Center

    Location
    Brooklyn, NY
    Tuition
    $3,085 per semester in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    450 Clarkson Ave
    Brooklyn, NY 11203-2098
    (718) 270-1000

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    SUNY Downstate Medical Center is located in a center of cultural diversity-Brooklyn, NY-so it's only natural that the college reflects that diversity. SUNY Downstate Medical Center students take part in a wide variety of clubs and organizations, many of which exist solely to provide a safe and enriching environment for underrepresented students. Clubs include the Muslim Student Association and Chinese American Medical Society, to name a few.

    The Office of Minority Affairs offers another outlet for underrepresented students to seek support. This office is "dedicated to helping minority students enter the field of medicine as effective and empathetic medical professionals and role models who inspire young people of any background or heritage to pursue dreams and opportunities in health care."

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 20.7%
    • Women: 79.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 16.2%
    • Black or African American: 23.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 10.5%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.9%
    • White: 42.3%
    • Two or More Races: 1.1%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 4.3%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 1.4%
  40. Rank
    39
    School

    California State University – Long Beach

    Location
    Long Beach, CA
    Tuition
    $8,169 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1250 Bellflower Blvd
    Long Beach, CA 90840-0115
    (562) 985-4111

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Trailing Fullerton by just 1,400 students, CSU Long Beach boasts the second largest student body in the Cal State university system. Students identifying as Asian, Hispanic/Latino, or White collectively represent nearly 80% of the student body. The school offers a wide range of scholarship opportunities, including 17 awards specifically aimed at students who belong to ethnic minority groups.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.39

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 42.7%
    • Women: 57.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.6%
    • Asian: 22.6%
    • Black or African American: 4.1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 34.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.5%
    • White: 23.3%
    • Two or More Races: 3.9%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.4%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.7%
  41. Rank
    40
    School

    Soka University of America

    Location
    Aliso Viejo, CA
    Tuition
    $30,214 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1 University Drive
    Aliso Viejo, CA 92656-4105
    (949) 480-4000

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    The diverse student population at Soka University of America mirrors that of its city, Viejo, which is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. Female students represent nearly two-thirds of the school's population, while Non-Resident Alien students outnumber White students by more than 2:1. Asian individuals additionally comprise 21.4% of the student body.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.43

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 34.9%
    • Women: 65.1%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.5%
    • Asian: 21.4%
    • Black or African American: 3.5%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 9.4%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
    • White: 17.7%
    • Two or More Races: 3.2%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.3%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 38.9%
  42. Rank
    41
    School

    Mount St. Mary’s College

    Location
    Los Angeles, CA
    Tuition
    $33,836 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    12001 Chalon Rd
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1599
    (310) 954-4000

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Mount St. Mary's College is committed to fostering an atmosphere rich in cultural diversity and education. On the college's website, prospective students can view the Culture section, which provides information on exciting developments in the art and performance realm, as well as support services for students from all over the world.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 6.7%
    • Women: 93.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.5%
    • Asian: 16.8%
    • Black or African American: 7.8%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 55.0%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.8%
    • White: 10.8%
    • Two or More Races: 2.5%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 5.2%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 0.5%
  43. Rank
    42
    School

    San Jose State University

    Location
    San Jose, CA
    Tuition
    $7,324 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1 Washington Sq
    San Jose, CA 95192-0001
    (408) 924-1000

    Accreditation

    WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    By a margin of roughly 0.1%, male students barely edge out females at San Jose State. Individuals identifying as either Asian and Hispanic/Latino collectively comprise more than half of the student body, while White students represent another 23.9% of the population. Many merit- and needs-based scholarships offered through SJSU are aimed at students belonging to minority groups.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.40

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 50.1%
    • Women: 49.9%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 34.8%
    • Black or African American: 3.7%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 22.8%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.9%
    • White: 23.9%
    • Two or More Races: 5.1%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 4.3%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.3%
  44. Rank
    43
    School

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    Tuition
    $43,720 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
    (617) 253-1000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    For a college that's touted as being innovative, unique, and always up-to-date on culture's latest trends, it's not surprising that the school offers such a wide variety of student diversity services. From various groups to fun events, MIT has it all. The school even offers multiple big events throughout the year aimed at fostering diversity, including the ever-popular Multicultural Conference, which is an annual opportunity for discussing the cultural environment at MIT.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 54.7%
    • Women: 45.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 24.1%
    • Black or African American: 6.2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 15.3%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: n/a
    • White: 36.6%
    • Two or More Races: 4.2%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 3.0%
    • Non-Resident Alien:10.4%
  45. Rank
    44
    School

    Broward College

    Location
    Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Tuition
    $4,356 per unit
    +

    Websites

    Address

    111 East Las Olas Blvd
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    (954) 201-7400

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    Broward College fosters diversity through its constant influx of new visual and performing arts offerings, as well as through its diversity support services that help students feel safe and comfortable getting their education in a culture that may be unfamiliar to them. Broward College community clubs offer an additional way for students to connect with peers from their own culture, or to explore other cultures; clubs include the Asian-American Club, the Caribbean Student Association, and the International Club, to name a few.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 40.9%
    • Women: 59.1%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.2%
    • Asian: 3.2%
    • Black or African American: 31.7%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 33.5%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
    • White: 23.5%
    • Two or More Races: 1.3%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 3.8%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 2.6%
  46. Rank
    45
    School

    University of Texas at Arlington

    Location
    Arlington, TX
    Tuition
    $9,152 in state;
    $18,004 out of state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    701 S. Nedderman Dr.
    Arlington, TX 76013
    (817) 272-2011

    Accreditation

    SACS/CC

    School Description

    The University of Texas at Arlington features over 220 student organizations and a wide variety of support services for all students. Underrepresented student populations can take advantage of the services provided by Multicultural Affairs, which aims to "provide activities that recognize diversity on multiple levels including, but not limited to, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and religious/spiritual diversity."

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 43.7%
    • Women: 56.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.4%
    • Asian: 11.4%
    • Black or African American: 15.0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 23.8%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.2%
    • White: 41.2%
    • Two or More Races: 3.0%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 1.0%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.1%
  47. Rank
    46
    School

    Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

    Location
    Flushing, NY
    Tuition
    $10,420 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    86-01 23rd Avenue
    Flushing, NY 11369
    (718) 429-6600

    Accreditation

    MSCHE

    School Description

    Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology lacks gender diversity (male students comprise more than five-sixths of the student body), but the small New York college boasts a high level of racial diversity. Nearly 40% of students belong to the Hispanic/Latino group, while Asian and Black/African American students collectively represent another 30.6%. The school offers nearly 20 different scholarships, the majority of which are awarded on the basis of financial need.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.55

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 87.1%
    • Women: 13.0%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.7%
    • Asian: 11.9%
    • Black or African American: 18.7%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 38.2%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.6%
    • White: 17.3%
    • Two or More Races: 5.0%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 6.1%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 1.6%
  48. Rank
    47
    School

    Northwood University-Texas

    Location
    Cedar Hill, TX
    Tuition
    $21,950 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1114 W FM 1382
    Cedar Hill, TX 75104-1204
    (972) 291-1541

    Accreditation

    NCACS/THLC

    School Description

    Northwood University-Texas offers students an educational experience that is rich in culture and diversity. The student body consists of individuals from all over the world, and from all different economic and cultural backgrounds. Traditionally underrepresented students hold a valued place at Northwood University-Texas, and have access to academic support services, as well as fun and engaging events that further cultural understanding and exploration.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 52.8%
    • Women: 47.2%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.4%
    • Asian: 2.2%
    • Black or African American: 28.2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 22.2%
    • White: 21.8%
    • Two or More Races: 0.5%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 19.0%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 5.8%
  49. Rank
    48
    School

    Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology

    Location
    Boston, MA
    Tuition
    $16,950 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    41 Berkeley St
    Boston, MA 02116
    (617) 423-4630

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology is proud of its diversity; the school boasts a diverse student body that includes students from various cities, states, countries, and cultures. In fact, BFIT has a 70% student body diversity! The school offers a variety of support services created for ALL students; services include advising, academic support, health resources, and more.

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 87.2%
    • Women: 12.8%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • Asian: 9.1%
    • Black or African American: 32.6%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 16.2%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.4%
    • White: 30.7%
    • Two or More Races: 2.5%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 6.7%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 1.7%
  50. Rank
    49
    School

    Coleman University

    Location
    San Diego, CA
    Tuition
    $20,200 annually
    +

    Websites

    Address

    8888 Balboa Ave
    San Diego, CA 92123-1506
    (858) 499-0202

    Accreditation

    ACICS, WASC/SCUC

    School Description

    Coleman University begins supporting international students before they're even admitted, by providing in depth application information for prospective international students. Once admitted, Coleman University students have access to a wealth of resources aimed at making each student's academic life easier; services include advising, counseling, and more. At Coleman, it's all about striving "to provide students a top rate educational experience, while offering a supportive, friendly, and encouraging learning environment."

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 91.8%
    • Women: 8.3%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native:
    • Asian: 12.6%
    • Black or African American: 11.1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 22.2%
    • White: 48.9%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 4.7%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 0.6%
  51. Rank
    50
    School

    Cambridge College

    Location
    Cambridge, MA
    Tuition
    $378 per credit in state
    +

    Websites

    Address

    1000 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 868-1000

    Accreditation

    NEASC/CIHE

    School Description

    Cambridge College offers a wide variety of student support services, with diversity support a top priority. The college's International Students Office is a great place for students who come from countries all over the world. Diversity support is also offered to underrepresented students, which includes African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino students among many others, including students with specific religious affiliations and lifestyles.

    For students who appreciate diversity, education at Cambridge College " takes place in an atmosphere of true diversity, where students support each other in a collaborative learning process that respects their needs and values, their prior learning and life experiences."

    Shannon-Weiner Diversity Index Score (0-1.94): 1.41

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender:

    • Men: 32.6%
    • Women: 67.4%

    Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race:

    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
    • Asian: 3.2%
    • Black or African American: 32.7%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 23.9%
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.3%
    • White: 17.2%
    • Two or More Races: 1.1%
    • Race/Ethnicity Unknown: 16.8%
    • Non-Resident Alien: 4.7%

Information & Data

Ranking Methodology

Statisticians today can use many different diversity indexes to determine the level of diversity at a particular school. The Shannon-Weiner Index measures diversity by noting the different number of racial groups present within a given institution, as well as their percentage breakdown; the more racial groups that are present in comparable percentages, the more diverse the school is. For this reason, the student populations found at most of the schools on our list boast double-digit percentage representation from at least three different racial groups. The index’s scale ranges from 0.0 to 1.94. For our purposes, we’ve included schools with the highest self–reporting populations of Asian, African American and Latino or Hispanic students.

This is how each data variable is defined:

  • Type of Institution: This variable notes whether the school is classified as ‘public’ or ‘private’, its financial status (all 50 schools on our list are ‘not-for-profit’), and the level of degree awarded to students who complete their programs.
  • Enrollment: This variable notes the school’s total population, as well as the number of undergraduate students who enroll there; as a rule, all of the schools on our list offer some type of credential to undergraduates.
  • Shannon-Weiner Index Score: This number will range from 0.0 to 1.94 for any given institution; the schools on our ranking range from 1.73 (the highest) to 1.37.
  • Percent of undergraduate enrollment by gender: Most schools on our list boast a higher representation of female students compared to male students.
  • Percent of undergraduate enrollment by race: This data, obtained from IPEDS, shows the breakdown of a given school’s student body based on the following racial groups:
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Asian
    • Black or African American
    • Hispanic/Latino
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • White or Caucasian
    • Two or More Races
    • Non-Resident Alien

How to Interpret the Data

It’s important to note that schools on our list are ranked regardless of their size; nine schools in the top ten have student populations that fall below 5,000, and the schools with fewer than 2,000 enrolled students outnumber those with more than 10,000 enrolled students. Interestingly, all but seven schools on the entire list are found in four states: California, New York, New Jersey and Texas. Five of the schools in the top 10 are located in New York. Illinois and Michigan are the only land-locked states with schools that appear on our list.

Furthermore, these four states revealed different diversity trends. Schools in California boasted relatively high percentages for both Asian and Hispanic/Latino students; schools in New York and New Jersey had the highest percentages of Black/African American students; and Texas schools revealed high percentages of Hispanic/Latino students. California and Texas both displayed high percentages of students who identify as Non-Resident Aliens. However, White students were one of the dominant racial groups for the vast majority of the schools on our list.

Another interesting trend is the predominance of religious schools. Although several large, public universities made our list ― including UNLV, Rutgers, as well as a handful of schools in the University of Hawaii, Cal State, and CUNY systems ― schools affiliated with various Christian faiths accounted for more than half of the top 50. All but one of the faith-based schools on our list allows both male and female students to attend.

Finally, please note that more than 1,700 colleges and universities were considered for this list ― so even the low-ranking schools are significantly more diverse than most of the country’s other higher-learning institutions.