The Prevalence of Ethnic Diversity: The Top Four Schools

We take a closer look at the colleges and universities that were ranked by U.S.News for having the highest ethnic diversity.

Attending a school with a lot of diversity (whether it’s ethnic, racial, political, etc.) truly enhances social and academic experiences. It allows you to meet new people, gain new life experiences, learn new things, and so much more. That’s why I’ve researched the top schools that have the highest ethnic diversity for your college research! According to the study done by U.S.News Education, the results were found by calculating the number of African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, and non-Hispanic Caucasians. Here are the top four schools: 

Rutgers University

Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, is rated the #1 most ethnically diverse school in the country. With a male-to-female ratio of 47/53, Rutgers is a part of the State University of New Jersey system. U.S.News has ranked Rutgers University in Newark as the #1 most diverse school in the nation since 1997 consistently. Graduates feel that attending Rutgers helped prepare them for different real life experiences and being immersed in the diversity that the rest of the world possesses. More than 100 nations are represented in the student body at the school!

University of Houston

The University of Houston, which was rated right under Rutgers as the most racially diverse school in the country, is located in Houston, Texas. As one of the largest cities in the country, the setting certainly helps bring people of different backgrounds and cultures together. The school mission discusses how the school provides the opportunities for students, professors, and faculty members to create a cultural environment, and the student body hails from 127 countries. The school truly emphasizes diversity among the student population!

St. Johns University

St. John’s University, a school of about 16,000 students, is ranked as the third most diverse institution. Because Queens is a borough of New York City (the largest city in the United States), people from all over the country and world are attracted to this school. Students from over 100 countries attend St John’s. African Americans, the largest ethnic group in the University besides Caucasians, make up about 15% of the student body. Despite the diversity at St. John’s, it is a private, Roman Catholic school, which isn’t typical for schools with the most diversity in the country. That’s what makes this school a little more special!

Stanford University

The fourth most ethnically diverse school in the country is Stanford University, located in Stanford, California. Stanford is an Ivy League-esque school with a student body of about 7,000 undergraduate students. Stanford University also has a relatively high rate of Native American students, who make up almost 3% of the student body. If you do decide to apply and go to Stanford, maybe you’ll take a class with current professor Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State!

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About Maria Martinolich

Maria Martinolich

Maria Martinolich is a student in the College of Communication at Boston University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a concentration in History. She's heavily involved with BU’s TV station (BUTV10), radio station (WTBU), and Greek life and was also a Fox News intern. Maria is originally from Long Island, New York, and although she’s a Yankee fan, she loves being in Boston! She hopes to be a news anchor or the next Bob Costas and cover the Olympics someday.

Being of Greek, Croatian, and Polish descent, Maria has a lot of diversity in herself and loves learning about new cultures, organizations, ethnicities, causes, and people. Because she grew up appreciating all kinds of diversity—and also attends such a diverse university—she's extremely excited about writing for the College Diversity section of CollegeXpress!


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