Meet the 25 Most Diverse Colleges

A beautiful teen womanIf you’re a diverse student in any sense of the word, looking at schools where diversity is highly valued is a great idea.
Not only will these schools be more likely to accept you, but they will also probably have great resources for underserved students.
These 25 schools who accept the most ethnically diverse students is a great starting point, but there are many different diversity programs that you can search by.

See if the colleges on your list have an Outreach Program or a Fly-in Program. Programs like these can make a huge difference when thinking about where you will be happy for the next four years of your life.
 
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—​Newark
Location: Newark, NJ
Type: Public
Students: 12,011
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 78%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 68%
 
Andrews University
Location: Berrien Springs, MI
Type: Private / Nonprofit / Religious
Students: 3,551
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 78%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 63%
 
Stanford University
Location: Stanford, CA
Type: Private / Nonprofit / Non Religious
Students: 19,945
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 98%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 96%
 
St. John’s University
Location: Queens, NY
Type: Private / Nonprofit / Religious
Students: 21,087
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 79%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 58%
 
University of Houston
Location: Houston, TX
Type: Public
Students: 40,747
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 81%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 46%
 
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Location: Newark, NJ
Type: Public
Students: 9,944
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 79%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 53%
 
University of Hawaii—​Manoa
Location: Honolulu, HI
Type: Public
Students: 20,426
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 79%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 55%
 
University of Nevada—​Las Vegas
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Type: Public
Students: 27,389
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 76%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 39%
 
Nova Southeastern University
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Type: Private / Nonprofit / Non Religious
Students: 28,457
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 70%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 43%
 
University of Illinois—​Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL
Type: Public
Students: 27,875
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 79%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 54%
 
University of San Francisco
Location: Chicago, IL
Type: Public
Students: 27,875
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 79%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 54%San Francisco, CA
 
Georgia State University
Location: Atlanta, GA
Type: Public
Students: 32,087
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 83%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 47%
 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Location: Cambridge, MA
Type: Private / Nonprofit / Non Religious
Students: 11,189
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 98%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 93%
 
University of California—​Los Angeles
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Type: Public
Students: 39,945
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 97%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 90%
 
University of California—​Riverside
Location: Riverside, CA
Type: Public
Students: 20,947
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 88%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 67%
 
University of Texas—​Arlington
Location: Arlington, TX
Type: Public
Students: 33,439
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 71%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 40%
 
University of the Pacific
Location: Stockton, CA
Type: Private / Nonprofit / Non Religious
Students: 6,652
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 85%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 69%
 
Rice University
Location: Houston, TX
Type: Private / Nonprofit / Non Religious
Students: 6,484
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 97%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 92%
 
San Diego State University
Location: San Diego, CA
Type: Public
Students: 30,843
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 89%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 66%
 
Texas Woman’s University
Location: Denton, TX
Type: Public
Students: 15,168
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 68%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 39%
 
University of California—​Davis
Location: Davis, CA
Type: Public
Students: 32,354
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 93%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 82%
 
University of California—​Santa Cruz
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
Type: Public
Students: 17,404
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 91%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 73%
 
University of Texas—​Dallas
Location: Richardson, TX
Type: Public
Students: 19,727
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 83%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 60%
 
University of California—​Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, CA
Type: Public
Students: 35,893
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 96%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 90%
 
University of California—​Santa Barbara
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Type: Public
Students: 21,927
1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: 92%
Graduations w/in 6 Years: 80%
 
There you have it, guys! Use our Advanced College Search to search by any type of diversity program or for any college in general! Yay, college!

*List via US News & World Report 2012-2013 data
 

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