The Most Diverse Public Universities In USA: Can You Guess #1?

HeyTutor just released a new report comparing the most diverse public universities in the United States.

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Just as America has become more diverse, so has its system of higher education. Since the late 1970s, the percentage of minority students at four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities has nearly tripled.

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While the trend is clear at a national level, diversity varies widely by location. In fact, location is a much stronger predictor of diversity than whether a university is public or private with it being diverse public universities. America’s most diverse colleges, as measured by the Simpson Diversity Index, are predominantly found in California, New York, and Texas. In general, Western states have a more diverse student body, while Midwestern states tend to be less diverse.

The most and least diverse public universities by state

Diverse Public Universities

To find America’s most diverse public colleges, researchers at HeyTutor analyzed data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). HeyTutor looked at fall 2017 undergraduate enrollment at more than 550 four-year, public, degree-granting institutions. They examined race/ethnicity data and calculated a diversity index for each school.

The table below is a summary of the results for the most diverse large public universities in the U.S.:

University Rank Diversity Index Total Undergraduate Enrollment White Hispanic Black or African American Asian Nonresident Other Races
University of California-Davis 1 77.64 30,066 25.1% 21.4% 2.2% 28.4% 15.7% 5.8%
University of California-Los Angeles 2 77.31 31,002 26.7% 22.2% 3.4% 28.1% 11.8% 5.7%
University of Nevada-Las Vegas 3 76.87 25,279 31.7% 29.0% 7.8% 15.5% 3.5% 11.4%
University of California-Santa Barbara 4 76.51 22,186 31.9% 26.6% 2.3% 18.2% 9.9% 8.6%
San Francisco State University 5 76.32 26,680 18.0% 32.7% 5.5% 25.8% 7.1% 6.8%
University of California-San Diego 6 76.1 28,587 19.4% 18.5% 1.5% 34.6% 19.4% 5.0%
California State University-Sacramento 7 75.59 28,454 26.0% 30.9% 5.9% 20.7% 2.9% 7.2%
University of Houston 8 75.4 37,215 24.1% 34.3% 10.0% 22.3% 4.1% 3.6%
University of California-Berkeley 9 75.14 30,574 25.7% 15.5% 1.7% 34.5% 12.3% 6.0%
University of California-Irvine 10 74.80 29,307 14.0% 26.4% 1.9% 35.7% 16.7% 4.2%
The University of Texas at Arlington 11 74.51 33,307 36.3% 27.4% 14.8% 11.4% 4.1% 4.0%
San Diego State University 12 74.41 30,272 33.3% 30.7% 3.9% 13.3% 7.2% 7.2%
San Jose State University 13 73.99 27,778 16.1% 27.9% 3.4% 35.7% 7.5% 5.5%
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 14 73.82 35,641 38.8% 13.1% 7.2% 26.5% 9.0% 3.6%
George Mason University 15 73.79 25,010 41.3% 14.2% 11.0% 20.0% 5.8% 4.9%

For more information, a detailed methodology, and complete results for the most diverse public universities in the U.S., please see the original report on HeyTutor’s website. If you choose to use this data in an article of your own, please link/reference the study at: https://heytutor.com/blog/the-most-diverse-public-universities-in-the-us/

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