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Great Colleges in the Northeast That Value Diversity

Find great colleges and universities that support all students equally with this list of schools that value diversity in the Northeastern US.

CollegeXpress seeks to make the college search process as easy and accessible as possible for students from all backgrounds. That’s why we’ve curated lists of amazing colleges and universities that will meet your needs. The schools below are all institutions in the Northeastern US that value diverse students and exemplify efforts to create equal and inclusive environments for students to learn and thrive. The best part is you can connect directly with these schools right from this page! All you have to do is click the green “Connect me” button below any school, then they’ll reach out to you with more information. Get searching for your new academic home now!

Brown University

Brown UniversityBrown University is a private coeducational university on College Hill in Providence, Rhode Island. With 10,257 total students on campus and a low 6:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 80 academic programs, including the option to create your own major. With 45% of students being of color, Brown supports students by meeting 100% of demonstrated financial need, offering 400+ student groups like Ground Breakin’ and Afro-Latinx Alliance as well as resources through the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity and more. 

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Columbia University

Columbia UniversityColumbia University is a private coeducational institution in New York City, New York. With a total enrollment of 31,455 and a 6:1 student-faculty, students can choose from over 80 undergraduate areas of study, including Archaeology, Creative Writing, and Political Studies. With over half the student body identifying as students of color, Columbia supports students through regular diversity events; 60 cultural- and identity-based student organizations, including the first African American and first gay rights advocacy groups on a college campus; and more.

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Cornell University Precollege Studies

Cornell University, School of Continuing Education and Summer SessionsCornell University Precollege Studies offers online and on-campus pre-college programs for high school students based out of Cornell’s campus in Ithaca, New York. With roughly 1,500 global students participating every summer and 275 instructors—95% of whom are Cornell faculty—students can choose from three-, six-, and nine-week program options in academic areas such as Architecture, Business & Marketing, and Media Studies. Cornell admits students from around the world and supports its diverse student body with one-on-one admission counseling and much more.

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Emerson College

EmersonEmerson College is a private coeducational institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. With 3,813 undergraduates, 633 graduate students, and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers more than two dozen majors as well as 30 minors. Intercultural Student Affairs and the Social Justice Center both sponsor a range of activities for celebrations such as African American Heritage Month, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and Hispanic–Latin American Heritage Month, with many other opportunities for involvement available through groups such as the Muslim Student Association, Emerson’s Black Organization with Natural Interests (EBONI), Asian Students for Intercultural Awareness (ASIA), and more. 

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Fordham University

Fordham UniversityFordham University is the Jesuit University of New York located in the Bronx, adjacent to the Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo. With 16,364 students across nine schools and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from over 60 majors in the liberal arts, sciences, and business. Fordham supports students through the Undergraduate Admission Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team; events such as Dialogue Days and House Diversity Week; student organizations such as Caribbean Student Club and the Muslim Law Student Association; and more.

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Harvard University

Harvard UniversityHarvard University is a private Ivy League university in Cambridge, Massachusetts—just across the Charles River from Boston. With 23,731 students and a 6:1 student-faculty, the University offers over 50 fields of study to choose from. With 51% of the study body identifying as people of color, Harvard supports students through the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment Program; more than 50 cultural, ethnic, and cultural organizations, including the Hindu Students Association; and more.

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New York University

New York UniversityNew York University is one of the largest private universities in the country, located in New York City, New York. With an enrollment of 58,461 and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 270 areas of study in arts and media, business, humanities and social sciences, STEM, and health and education through 18 schools and colleges. NYU supports students through the Office of Global Inclusion, Diversity, and Strategic Innovation; clubs like the African Students Union and Black & Latinx Student Association; and more.

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New York University, Abu Dhabi Campus

New York University, Abu Dhabi CampusNYU Abu Dhabi is one of the University’s 15 international campuses, located in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. More than 1,600 undergraduate students from 115+ countries can choose from over 25 undergraduate majors and 32 minors on this global campus. NYU Abu Dhabi supports students with its Inclusion and Equity Accountability Framework; the Offices of Global Inclusion, Equal Opportunity, Inclusion & Equity, and Spiritual Life & Intercultural Education; and more.

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New York University, Shanghai Campus

New York University, Shanghai CampusNYU Shanghai is another one of the University’s 15 international campuses, located in Shanghai, China. With nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students and an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 19 majors in the arts and sciences, business and finance, engineering, data, and computer science. NYU Shanghai supports students through the LEAD Program, Ally Week events, resources offered by the Diversity Initiatives team, organizations like TAMID, and more.

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Princeton University

Princeton UniversityPrinceton University is a private Ivy League institution in Princeton, New Jersey. With 5,267 undergraduates and a 5:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from nearly 100 programs across 36 academic departments. Princeton supports students through the Equity & Diversity Committees; the Special Task Force on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; over 3,000 student groups, including the Latin American Student Organization; and much more.

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Quinnipiac University

Quinnipiac UniversityQuinnipiac University is a private coeducational university with three campuses, with the main campus located in Hamden, Connecticut. With 9,746 total students and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 minors. Quinnipiac supports students through the Department of Cultural and Global Engagement; the Intergroup Dialogue Series; clubs like Black Student Union, Latino Cultural Society, and South Asian Society; and more.

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Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteRensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a private technical institution on a 260-acre campus in Troy, New York—15 miles from Albany. With an enrollment of 7,616 and a student-faculty of 14:1, students can choose from 42 majors, including Applied Physics, Business Analytics, Electronic Arts, and much more. RPI fields a diverse student body through its Diversity Recruitment Initiatives and supports them through the Office of Multicultural Programs, offering resources for underrepresented students, LGBTQ+ resources, and identity-based and faith-based organizations.

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SUNY Maritime College

SUNY Maritime CollegeSUNY Maritime College is a multipurpose public college for maritime and other related industries in Throggs Neck, New York. With 1,850 students and 16:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers 11 specialized undergraduate and two graduate programs. SUNY Maritime supports students from 32 states and 24 nations with over 40 student clubs like Cultural Club, their LEADing Change framework for college life, and more.

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University of Rochester

RochesterThe University of Rochester is a private coeducational research university in Rochester, New York. Around 6,546 undergraduates can choose from 80 areas of study and benefit from a 10:1 student-faculty ratio. Rochester supports students through the Diversity Advisory Counsel, diversity initiatives implemented in each of the University’s schools, an Annual Celebration of Diversity, over 250 student organizations like the Asian American Student Union and the Spanish and Latino Students’ Association, and more. 

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Wentworth Institute of Technology

Wentworth Institute of Technology Wentworth Institute of Technology is a private coeducational college in Boston, Massachusetts. With 4,000 full-time undergraduates and an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, WIT offers students 20 specialized STEM majors to choose from. WIT also provides support through the Center for Diversity and Social Justice Programs, the Center for Community and Learning Partnerships, the Office of Institutional Equity, clubs like the Asian Student Association and the Black Wentworth Coalition, and more.

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Want to learn about even more diversity-focused colleges and universities? Check out these Great Colleges in the West That Value Diversity.

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