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The 100 Most And Least Diverse Colleges in America, 2016

Stanford University ranks No. 1 on the list of 100 most and least diverse colleges in the United States, 2016, according to the Priceonomics Data Studio report. The second-most-diverse college in America is the University of California, Los Angeles, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, No. 3; Columbia University in New York City, No. 4; and Rice University, No. 5.

Beating out every other college in racial and ethnic diversity, Stanford University is the most ethnically diverse college in America and Yeshiva University the least ethnically diverse college.

Maya Angelou once said, “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

It’s surprising to see Clemson University (No. 98), SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (No. 99), and Yeshiva University (No. 100), these colleges attract very little diversity. How little? They are overwhelmingly White.

Behind the Numbers: Report uses Herfindahl–Hirschman Index (also known as Herfindahl index, or HHI) to sort the most and least diverse colleges in the United States. The list looks at the percentage of students on campus — used 5 racial or ethnic groups: White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, and Other. A lower index number reflects a more diverse student body among Colleges in America. They did not include colleges that were not geared towards undergraduates, and had fewer than 500 students.

Full List: The top 100 most and least diverse colleges in the United States

1. Stanford University
2. University of California, Los Angeles
3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
4. Columbia University, New York City, NY
5. Rice University, Houston, TX

6. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
7. Stony Brook University, New York
8. University of California, Berkeley
9. New York University, New York City, NY
10. Emory University, Atlanta, GA

11 Pepperdine University, Malibu, California
12 University of California, Santa Barbara
13 University of California, Davis
14 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
15 University of California, Santa Cruz

16 University of California, San Diego
17 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
18 University of Miami, Florida
19 Brown University, Rhode Island
20 University of California, Irvine, CA

21  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
22 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
23 Rutgers University–New Brunswick
24 University of Washington, Seattle, WA
25 University of Chicago, IL

26 Yale University, New Haven, CT
27 Princeton University, NJ
28 California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
29 Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
30 Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

31. University of Texas at Austin
32. Duke University
33. Boston University
34. State University of New York at Buffalo
35. Brandeis University

36. University of Maryland, College Par
37. State University of New York at Binghamton or SUNY Binghamton
38. Northeastern University
39. Northwestern University
40. Case Western Reserve University

41. Syracuse University
42. Georgia Institute of Technology
43. Washington University in St. Louis
44. University of Rochester
45. University of California San Diego

46. Drexel University
47. American University
48. Tufts University
49. Boston College
50. University of Florida

51. Georgetown University
52. College of William & Mary
53. George Washington University
54. Vanderbilt University
55. University of Virginia

56. University of Tulsa
57. Stevens Institute of Technology
58. Fordham University
59. Loyola University Chicago
60. University of Michigant, Ann Arbor, MI

61. University of Connecticut
62. Clark University
63. Baylor University
64. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI
65. Southern Methodist University

66. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
67. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
68. Saint Louis University
69. Florida State University
70. University of Massachusetts Amhers

71. Lehigh University
72. University of Denver
73. Purdue University
74. Texas A&M University, located in College Station, Texas
75. Michigan State University

76. University of Notre Dame
77. University of Minnesota Twin Cities
78. Tulane University
79. Virginia Polytechnic Institute
80. Pennsylvania State University

81. University of Iowa
82. Ohio State University
83. University of Georgia
84. Indiana University Bloomington
85. Texas Christian University

86. Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
87. University of Colorado Boulder
88. North Carolina State University, Raleigh
89. University of Delaware
90. Colorado School of Mines

91. Wake Forest University
92. University of Pittsburgh, PA
93. University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI
94. University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL
95. Miami University, Oxford, OH

96. University of Vermont, VT
97. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
98. Clemson University, SC
99. SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY
100. Yeshiva University, New York, NY

The 100 Most And Least Diverse Colleges in America, 2016


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Prof. Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
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