Most Diverse Medium-Sized Colleges

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Most Diverse Medium-Sized Colleges

Most Diverse Medium-Sized Colleges

Most Diverse Medium-Sized Colleges

When you start to think about colleges, there are many factors that play into this important decision. You might narrow your options down by thinking about the size of the college. For many people, medium-sized colleges are the perfect balance between diversity and individual attention. Some small colleges have a more homogeneous population, while a medium-sized college is more likely to have students from a wider range of backgrounds. A large college might have a very diverse population but be too large for a high level of individual attention.

If this balance between size and diversity in student population is important to you, these are 20 of the most diverse medium-sized colleges in the United States. For more information and to dive into our numbers and methodology, read our study, Most Diverse Medium-Sized Colleges.

California State University – East Bay

California State University – East Bay is located in the Bay Area of California and is part of the California State University system. The school's total enrollment in 2017 was just over 15,000 students, with about 13,000 undergraduate students. Popular undergraduate majors include health science, criminal justice and pre-nursing. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked the school as #1 for ethnic diversity in regional universities of the West. The undergraduate student body in 2017 was about 10 percent African American, 23 percent Asian, 34 percent Hispanic and 15 percent Caucasian. Notable alumni of Cal State East Bay include Mark Mastrov, founder of the 24 Hour Fitness chain of gyms and Nancy O'Malley, district attorney of Alameda County.

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University, located on Long Island, New York, enrolled just over 17,000 undergraduate students in 2017. Twenty-four percent of those students were Asian, about 6 percent were African American, 12 percent were Hispanic and 33 percent were Caucasian. Additionally, 14 percent of students were listed as nonresident aliens. Stony Brook University tracks the demographics of its students carefully and places a priority on using data to drive diversity and decision making on campus. In 2018, the college was ranked as one of the top 20 best value public colleges by Forbes magazine, and in the fall of 2016, 94 percent of their recent bachelor's degree graduates were either employed or enrolled in graduate school. Notable academic programs include their School of Dental Medicine and the College of Engineering.

University of Nevada – Las Vegas

While you might think of Las Vegas as the city of bright lights, the University of Nevada – Las Vegas is working on inspiring minds. The school emphasizes rigorous research as well as diversity. They have the distinction of being the first four-year institution in Nevada to reach a 25 percent Hispanic enrollment, and more than half of the students in the school report being part of a minority group. The Intersection is a multicultural center dedicated to promoting inclusion and supporting both students of color and first-generation college students. With 24,000 undergraduate students, this is a larger university, and popular majors include education and urban affairs.

St John's University – New York

St. John's University is distinctive for its designation as a Roman Catholic university, and it sponsors an interfaith dialogue each year geared toward increasing understanding between those of various faiths. Their Office of Equity and Inclusion emphasizes training staff to foster a more inclusive climate while advocating for disadvantaged groups of people. A reporting form on their website encourages students to speak out about any concerning incidents that occur. St. John's University enrolls 16,000 undergraduate students and is notable for its College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as for having a significant increase in the percentage of law students who pass the bar exam.

The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington has the distinction of having been ranked fifth among national universities for undergraduate ethnic diversity in 2018. In 2017, they were ranked first in Texas for bachelor's and master's degrees awarded to African-American students. Of the 29,000 undergraduate enrollees in 2017, 24 percent were Hispanic, 15 percent were African American and 9 percent were Asian. The University of Texas at Arlington is also highly ranked for being military friendly and for providing flexibility and support to this population. Notable alumni of the university include Kalpana Chawla, astronaut, Roland G. Fryer Jr., economist and Harvard professor and Lauren Lane, actress.

CUNY Brooklyn College

CUNY Brooklyn College is another diverse college in New York. Of the 14,000 undergraduate students attending in 2018, 17 percent were Asian, 17 percent were African American and 20 percent were Hispanic. Popular majors at Brooklyn College include psychology and computer science. Brooklyn College prides itself on having students from a wide variety of backgrounds, and students from 138 different countries attend, speaking 90 different languages. Money magazine named Brooklyn College one of the top 50 in the United States in 2017. Studying abroad is a popular option at Brooklyn College, which has students studying in places as diverse as China, England and Israel. Every degree program has an option and opportunity to study abroad.

Valencia College

Valencia College in Orlando, Florida is a relatively young college. It was founded in 1967 as Valencia Junior College and became Valencia College in 2011 when they began offering bachelor's degrees. Valencia College is one of the largest community colleges in the United States and ranks as one of the best. Valencia is committed to welcoming all students, including those who are undocumented. Their Enrollment Services office can help with applications and other questions about enrollment. Other services designed to help students make the most of their college time include the career center, free academic tutoring and the New Student Experience course.

Cornell University

Cornell University in New York works toward increasing diversity and access for all minorities. Of the 15,000 undergraduate students who attended in 2017, 43 percent were minorities and 11 percent were international students. Cornell prides itself on being a caring community, and its Notice and Respond program encourages students to watch out for each other and to reach out to students who appear to be struggling or in distress. Cornell maintains several universal bathrooms across campus and prides itself on acceptance of LGBTQ+ students. Campus safety is also a priority, and the campus Big Red Shuttle runs on Friday and Saturday nights to help students who need a safe ride home.

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College, located in Santa Monica, California, is a two-year community college with a strong transfer program. The college holds the distinction of transferring the most students to four-year universities in California. Thirty-four thousand students attend Santa Monica College, and about 3,300 of those are international students. The school's Adelante Program focuses on supporting Latino students and offers specific classes, language support and networking opportunities for students who qualify. The campus Brother to Brother program pairs male college students with male students from nearby John Adams Middle School. Its purpose is to expose middle-school students to positive male role models.

CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College

Baruch College in Manhattan, New York is located near Wall Street and other hot spots for business and finance. The 18,000 students who attend Baruch College benefit from this easy access to networking and internship opportunities. Baruch College has been repeatedly recognized by the Princeton Review as the most ethnically diverse college in the nation, and its students hail from a wide range of countries. Popular degrees at Baruch College include business and international affairs. The college's Early Learning Center provides child care services for students who would otherwise be unable to attend college. Notable alumni of Baruch College include Jennifer Lopez and Ralph Lauren.

CUNY Hunter College

Hunter College is also in Manhattan, but it is larger than other CUNY colleges, with a student population of 23,000. Hunter College is one of the oldest colleges in the country. Popular programs at Hunter College include education, nursing and social work. More than a third of Hunter College students are the first in their families to attend college, and the school prides itself on the notable achievements of its alumni. In order to help its students be well-rounded, the Hunter Core requirement has students taking 10 courses that fulfill requirements for knowledge in topics including English composition, creative expression and world culture.

University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is a private university located in Los Angeles, California. Of the 45,000 total students who attended the university in 2017, 11,000 were designated as international students. Sixteen percent of students are Asian, 5 percent are African American and 14 percent are Hispanic. Of the students who apply to the university, 16 percent are admitted. Campus groups are popular, and there are over 70 different cultural organizations and 80 student-run religious organizations. The university business school, USC Marshall, is the first top-ranked business school to achieve gender parity in its MBA program. The university prides itself on its international presence and offers academic programs, faculty exchanges and study-abroad programs around the world.

CUNY Queens College

Queens College in Flushing, New York is a liberal arts college dedicated to learning and service. At Queens College, 41 percent of the 2016 incoming freshman class were Asian, 5 percent were African American and 18 percent were Hispanic. Over 9,000 international students come from over 100 different countries. Students at Queens College can choose from a variety of education programs, including an individually designed major or minor in LGBTQ studies. Graduate students can also choose to pursue a degree in women's, gender and sexuality studies. Teacher education is also a popular area of study at Queens College, with over 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in education programs.

CUNY City College

City College of New York had an enrollment of almost 14,000 students in 2017. Of those students, 3,600 were Asian, 2,500 were African American and 6,000 were Hispanic. There is a large international population at City College, and 93 percent of the countries in the world are represented at the school. Popular majors are engineering and social science. With an eye toward campus safety, the Care Team aims to identify and support students who may be displaying warning signs toward disruption or violent behavior. City College bills itself as a green college that actively works to reduce its carbon footprint and be environmentally sound.

University of California – Santa Cruz

The University of California – Santa Cruz is part of the University of California system, and 16,000 undergraduates attended UC Santa Cruz in 2016. In 2017, U.S. News & World Report listed UC Santa Cruz among its top 50 global universities. In 2016, 22 percent of the students who attended the university were Asian, 2 percent were African American and 31 percent were Hispanic. The university's Black Experience Team aims to improve the experience of African Americans on campus and to increase the diversity of the student population. The university has an enthusiastic mascot in Sammy the Banana Slug. Popular majors on campus include engineering and computer design.

University of Illinois at Chicago

The University of Illinois at Chicago is located in the heart of Chicago, Illinois. The university culture centers represent the diversity present at the university. There are more than 6,000 international students at UIC. The university has its origins as a medical college, and medicine is still a strong focus there, with the hospital nearby for hands-on experience. Social justice is also a popular area of study, and students can choose to complete a minor in social justice or a major or minor in gender and women's studies. Students can also complete degrees in disability and human development. The office of Student Veteran Affairs aims to support undergraduate or graduate students with military backgrounds. The school was named to the 2014 military-friendly schools list.

Broward College

Broward College is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Of the 61,000 students who attended Broward College in 2017, 3 percent were Asian, 31 percent were African American and 35 percent were Hispanic, while 47 percent of the student population consisted of first-generation college students. Broward's Minority Male Initiative is committed to closing the achievement gap for minority male students by providing additional support when needed. The college also offers child care assistance through their highly ranked Laboratory School for students who have young children. Popular majors at Broward include business and manufacturing, and the school has a strong dual-enrollment program to enable high school students to earn college credit while still attending high school.

Boston University

Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts is located in the heart of this unique city. Of the 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending the university, 7 percent of the students were African American, 17 percent were Asian, 12 percent were Hispanic and 23 percent were international students from over 100 different countries. The university has an active LGBTQ+ community, with a wide variety of campus groups and organizations. There are multiple strong-faith communities on campus, including Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu student groups, and interfaith communication is encouraged. Boston University offers a strong premedical program for medical, dental or veterinary studies and offers early assurance programs for some highly qualified students who wish to be doctors.

CUNY New York City College of Technology

The City of New York College of Technology, or City Tech, is the designated technology college in the City of New York college system. Over 17,000 students were enrolled in the college in 2017. Over 50 percent of students at the school are enrolled in the School of Technology and Design, which encompasses majors such as architectural technology and mechanical engineering technology. Thirty-three percent of the student population are Hispanic, 30 percent are African American and 20 percent are Asian. Two percent of the students come from a state other than New York, and 3 percent of the students are from outside the United States. Seventy-three percent of reporting students speak a language other than English at home.

University of Hawaii at Manoa

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is the flagship campus in the University of Hawaii educational system. Of the 17,000 undergraduate and graduate students on campus, 66 percent of students are from Hawaii, 28 percent are from out of state and 6 percent of students are international. Thirty-six percent of the student body are Asian, 16 percent are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 2 percent are Hispanic and 1 percent are African American. Manoa offers a wide variety of programs and student organizations to support the diversity of its student population. The curriculum at Manoa includes a collection of core classes intended to ensure that students take classes from a variety of areas and includes a requirement for students to take courses in Hawaiian language or another second language.

Most Diverse Medium-Sized Colleges - Complete List

Rank College Diversity Score # Students
1 California State University-East Bay 0.784 11,578
2 Stony Brook University 0.779 15,858
3 University of Nevada-Las Vegas 0.777 18,322
4 St John's University-New York 0.776 11,496
5 The University of Texas at Arlington 0.770 16,679
6 CUNY Brooklyn College 0.767 10,198
6 Valencia College 0.767 16,176
8 Cornell University 0.766 14,556
8 Santa Monica College 0.766 11,304
10 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College 0.760 11,288
11 CUNY Hunter College 0.759 12,223
12 University of Southern California 0.754 18,195
13 CUNY Queens College 0.753 11,693
14 CUNY City College 0.751 10,067
15 University of California-Santa Cruz 0.750 16,509
16 University of Illinois at Chicago 0.747 16,517
16 Broward College 0.747 12,891
18 Boston University 0.745 16,628
19 CUNY New York City College of Technology 0.744 10,912
20 University of Hawaii at Manoa 0.742 10,871
21 George Mason University 0.741 19,266
21 The University of Texas at Dallas 0.741 14,323
23 Georgia State University 0.739 19,208
24 University of Pennsylvania 0.733 10,468
25 University of Miami 0.732 10,164
26 Full Sail University 0.726 17,564
27 Montclair State University 0.718 14,968
28 Keiser University-Ft Lauderdale 0.716 11,524
29 SUNY at Albany 0.713 12,421
30 Northeastern University 0.712 13,444
31 California State University-San Marcos 0.711 10,469
32 University at Buffalo 0.707 18,824
33 Florida Atlantic University 0.705 16,252
34 University of California-Riverside 0.702 19,544
35 Old Dominion University 0.694 15,203
36 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus 0.693 13,815
37 California State University-Chico 0.691 15,246
38 Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs 0.685 13,319
39 California State University-Fresno 0.676 18,843
40 Drexel University 0.675 13,303
41 Portland State University 0.668 14,206
42 George Washington University 0.663 10,430
43 University of North Carolina at Greensboro 0.662 14,116
44 Sam Houston State University 0.661 14,497
44 University of Central Oklahoma 0.661 10,546
46 University of New Mexico-Main Campus 0.656 15,926
47 ECPI University 0.653 11,065
48 Grand Canyon University 0.648 14,543
49 DePaul University 0.642 13,168
50 Syracuse University 0.641 14,607
51 Northern Illinois University 0.636 12,343
52 Loyola University Chicago 0.635 10,362
53 Binghamton University 0.629 13,185
54 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo 0.628 19,703
55 University of Memphis 0.618 12,412
56 University of Virginia-Main Campus 0.616 15,476
57 University of Oregon 0.615 18,330
58 University of Connecticut 0.613 18,655
59 Wayne State University 0.606 12,003
59 Towson University 0.606 16,893
61 Metropolitan State University of Denver 0.604 12,483
62 University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus 0.603 18,444
63 University of Nevada-Reno 0.601 15,408
64 Eastern Washington University 0.586 10,032
65 Oregon State University 0.579 18,852
66 University of Massachusetts-Lowell 0.575 10,019
67 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 0.573 17,869
68 University of Phoenix-California 0.569 11,035
69 California State University-San Bernardino 0.566 16,478
70 Middle Tennessee State University 0.558 16,019
71 Baylor University 0.557 14,109
72 University of Louisiana at Lafayette 0.556 12,876
73 Southern Illinois University-Carbondale 0.550 10,554
73 Eastern Michigan University 0.550 12,880
75 University of Southern Mississippi 0.546 10,246
76 Georgia Southern University 0.545 15,976
77 University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 0.537 17,598
78 Rochester Institute of Technology 0.532 12,253
79 Florida Gulf Coast University 0.518 10,826
80 Rowan University 0.515 12,731
81 East Carolina University 0.513 19,754
82 University of Toledo 0.511 12,936
83 Oklahoma State University-Main Campus 0.510 18,414
84 University of Utah 0.504 17,197
85 Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis 0.489 17,389
86 Western Michigan University 0.484 15,048
87 University of Kansas 0.475 17,141
88 Western Washington University 0.464 13,413
89 University of Rhode Island 0.457 12,485
90 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 0.455 18,163
90 University of Delaware 0.455 17,761
92 Boise State University 0.450 12,375
93 Kent State University at Kent 0.444 19,250
94 Mississippi State University 0.443 16,695
94 Miami University-Oxford 0.443 16,434
96 Minnesota State University-Mankato 0.437 11,009
97 Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus 0.433 10,006
98 University of Louisville 0.432 12,434
99 Oakland University 0.431 12,968
100 Weber State University 0.430 10,980
101 University of Akron Main Campus 0.427 13,827
102 James Madison University 0.424 18,554
103 Illinois State University 0.412 17,456
104 University of Nebraska-Lincoln 0.411 19,381
105 University of Arkansas 0.404 19,853
106 Western Kentucky University 0.403 13,160
107 University of North Georgia 0.401 12,567
108 Utah Valley University 0.398 17,804
109 Bowling Green State University-Main Campus 0.389 13,184
110 West Chester University of Pennsylvania 0.386 12,823
111 University of Mississippi 0.385 17,852
112 Kansas State University 0.384 17,699
113 University of North Carolina Wilmington 0.382 12,023
114 Central Michigan University 0.375 17,190
115 Brigham Young University-Idaho 0.354 16,538
116 Missouri State University-Springfield 0.342 15,131
117 University of Vermont 0.341 10,183
118 Ball State University 0.337 15,110
119 University of New Hampshire-Main Campus 0.330 12,468
120 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 0.324 10,128
121 The University of Texas at El Paso 0.317 13,341
121 Utah State University 0.317 16,991
121 Grand Valley State University 0.317 19,668
124 Ohio University-Main Campus 0.306 17,866
125 Clemson University 0.301 17,883
126 Appalachian State University 0.296 15,542
127 Montana State University 0.290 12,248
128 Eastern Kentucky University 0.278 11,010
129 North Dakota State University-Main Campus 0.251 10,680
130 University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras 0.197 12,057
131 The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 0.174 17,854
132 South Texas College 0.108 10,699
133 University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez 0.106 11,328
134 Universidad del Turabo 0.000 10,160