The 25 Most Diverse College Campuses in the U.S.

 

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- When looking at colleges, one of the most important factors is, of course, quality of education. This, however, should not be limited to the information on which students will ultimately be graded. Some of the most important lessons and discussions happen outside of the classroom. 

A diverse community exposes students to viewpoints and experiences that they may not have heard before. By embracing diversity and inclusion, students will find that their education is enriched by both the differences and similarities of others within their community.

Ranking and review site Niche.com has sourced data from a number of government and public data sets, opinion-based survey responses and the Web site's own data to rank the most diverse campuses in the nation.

Colleges that have a high Diversity ranking generally have students of many different backgrounds and ethnicities. Additionally, they encourage their communities to be open to and accepting of various backgrounds, religious beliefs, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic statuses.

Click through to see which colleges made the list:


25. Savannah College of Arts & Design
Savannah, GA

International Students: 11%
Out-of-State Students: 68%
Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity: 71%
Student Gender Ratio (M-F): 0.6 : 1
Student Surveys on Diversity: 4.2 out of 5

Residential communities at SCAD help develop social, emotional, intellectual and cultural development. With opportunities to join clubs and organizations that encompass a wide range of interests, students can embrace the similarities and differences of other students within the college.


24. Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI

International Students: 22%
Out-of-State Students: 72%
Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity: 53%
Student Gender Ratio (M-F): 0.5 : 1
Student Surveys on Diversity: 4.2 out of 5

RISD was founded by a group of women in 1877, and its community has always been dedicated to the acceptance of all students. The school provides a weekly email that lists diversity-related events both on- and off-campus, and the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement provides a variety of resources.



20. Rutgers University - Newark
Newark, NJ

International Students: 4%
Out-of-State Students: 4%
Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity: 29%
Student Gender Ratio (M-F): 0.9 : 1
Student Surveys on Diversity: 4.3 out of 5

At Rutgers, students are encouraged "to understand cultures, languages, regions, and economic influences beyond their own." The University has a long list of diversity programs, including the Center for Race & Ethnicity, Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, the Institute for Women's Leadership, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.


19. Emory University
Atlanta, GA

International Students: 17%
Out-of-State Students: 63%
Student Diversity - Most Represented Ethnicity: 50%
Student Gender Ratio (M-F): 0.8 : 1
Student Surveys on Diversity: 3.9 out of 5

The Campus Life Compact for Building an Inclusive Community at Emory is a report run by an ad-hoc committee composed of members of the student body, faculty and administration. The committee develops initiatives regarding issues such as race, gender and oppression for the Division of Campus Life to possibly apply in the future.

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