2017 Most Diverse Colleges in America

Explore the most diverse college campuses based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The ranking compares socio-economic, geographic, and ethnic diversity of students and staff as well as the overall level of tolerance on campus.
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    Yale University

    • New Haven, CT
    • 911 reviews
    College Junior:I absolutely love attending Yale University. I feel that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am entering my third year in the fall and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. What drew me to Yale was the close knit community and the welcoming and inclusive social space. I have friends from all walks of life and love to interact with people form all different backgrounds. I truly feel that I have grown as an individual as I have become equipped with the vocabulary to express eloquently just who I am and where I stand on certain issues to my peers.
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    Amherst College

    • Amherst, MA
    • 247 reviews
    College Junior:I was accepted at my school as a transfer student from a community college, and it has been a super smooth and easy transition. The faculty at my school are so educated and welcoming. All of the students there have also been very welcoming to the other new transfers and myself. It is an amazing school academically, and it's also so small and beautiful. I love it there and I would definitely choose it again.
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    College Junior:Everyone around me is passionate about some topic. It's inspiring to see what my classmates are up to, whether it's research or startups or personal projects. The atmosphere can be stressful, but the community is incredibly supportive if you reach out for help.
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    Pomona College

    • Claremont, CA
    • 343 reviews
    College Junior:Pomona College is extremely special. It's honestly the people here that make the school, but the good weather doesn't hurt. :) A large majority of the students here are open-minded, extremely intelligent, fun, laid-back, and passionate. There are tons of opportunities to get active on campus and it's really hard to be bored here. One of my favorite parts about Pomona is that there's pretty much a community for everyone here.. and if there isn't, you can start one. When I say "community" I mean the various mentor groups on campus, sports groups, music groups, art groups... and its really easy to be fluid in them, too. The food is pretty good too. And the dorms are huge. I'm going into my junior year and I have yet to have a roommate. :)
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    Swarthmore College

    • Swarthmore, PA
    • 380 reviews
    College Sophomore:Swarthmore was the best decision of my life. I've met people and had experiences here that changed my life, and for that I'm incredibly grateful. I love that students and faculty are refreshingly genuine and passionate. However, be warned, the academics are overwhelming. Swarthmore is consistently ranked as one of the most academically rigorous undergraduate institutions in the country and this is mentally demanding on students. One thing is for sure, Swarthmore is not easy.
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    The New School

    • New York, NY
    • 515 reviews
    College Sophomore:I absolutely hate the administration at this school, but the classes and professors really do make the experience worthwhile. Classes are small and really focused on discussion. Professors will encourage you to think in different ways and understand things from new and educated perspective. Midterms and Finals usually don't involve tests but essays and creative projects. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and get involved in their field.
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    Hawaii Pacific University

    • Honolulu, HI
    • 760 reviews
    College Junior:Throughout 2 years of my experience in Hawaii Pacific University, I was able to meet and engaged with a lot of students, and faculties which we share our own ideas, outlook, knowledge and stories. It is a diverged university yet very accommodating and friendly. The staffs and faculties are also helpful and concern for us. A lot of my professors in nursing school also advocates for us to meet our needs and obtain a better education by improving our system even more.
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    Brown University

    • Providence, RI
    • 915 reviews
    College Sophomore:I just transferred into Brown and I honestly have to say that it's one of the best decisions I've made in my life. Brown is a wonderful place to be and being here made me realize how great the college experience can be. Everyone at Brown is incredibly intelligent yet down-to-earth and there's always something to do on campus (e.g. Jane Goodall just gave a lecture last week). The food here is great and the campus is stunning as well. All in all, Brown really takes care of their undergraduates and is an amazing place to be.
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    Columbia University

    • New York, NY
    • 1,083 reviews
    College Junior:For those interested in Columbia College, not CEAS (the Engineering School): As a political science major with a German concentration (Columbia-speak for minor), I have been very satisfied with the academic resources provided by Columbia. The professors I have had in the Poli Sci department have been top in their fields, and the grad students that lead the discussion sections have been both knowledgable and helpful. The German department is very small and thus very personal. Most of the professors will know your name, and the conversation hours (complete with coffee and sometimes handmade baked goods) are really friendly ways to get to know your classmates. That being said, it is very important to read reviews of your classes online before signing up, because Columbia does have duds. Additionally, those in the hard sciences often have a much more competitive and stressful experience, both because of the nature of the major and the organization of the classes themselves. And, of course, the Core is wonderful… if that is what you are looking for. DO NOT COME HERE UNLESS YOU WANT TO SIT AROUND AND TALK ABOUT DEAD GREEK DUDES!!!!! Most of my friends loved the Core, but the few who didn't had miserable freshman and sophomore years. It is very humanities focused, and gives you a wonderful context for culture and ideas that affect every aspect of modern life. But if you hate reading, or hate humanities, or both, DO NOT APPLY. You will hate it.
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    New York University

    • New York, NY
    • 4,751 reviews
    College Sophomore:I am in a campus of NYU in Shanghai, which is a new campus and is still growing. Although the courses are not a lot but the teachers and staffs are truly the best. It's an honor for me to have the chance to study with these professors.
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    Carnegie Mellon University

    • Pittsburgh, PA
    • 1,297 reviews
    College Freshman:CMU is an amazing school and if you work hard, you can pretty much get whatever job you want. Tesla, spaceX, microsoft, apple, etc... we have way more than enough opportunities for internships and jobs. If you graduate and work hard, you will get an amazing job at your pick of companies. And not just the CS majors (engineers, art students, CS students, and drama students tend to do very well)
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    Emory University

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1,368 reviews
    Recent Alumnus:Perfect balance between large university and small liberal arts feel. Community is greatly emphasized--creating a 'community of care.' While not having a football team is a drawback, it is easy to get over and students continue to root for their home teams. As a freshman who has been here for a little over a month, the work load is heavy but manageable if you balance your time.
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    Academy of Art University

    • San Francisco, CA
    • 2,113 reviews
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    Stanford University

    • Stanford, CA
    • 1,083 reviews
    College Sophomore:Stanford is truly the most amazing place in the world. Before my freshman year I never felt like a really had a home, but I have finally found one at the Farm. The academics are amazing and the people are even better. While I wish that the financial aid was better I still stand by my decision to attend because the experience I am having is priceless.
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    Bryn Mawr College

    • Bryn Mawr, PA
    • 387 reviews
    College Sophomore:I could go on about how much I love Bryn Mawr forever. The faculty are laudible, the academics are challenging and enthralling, and its reputation as well as its connections to Haverford, Swarthmore, and Penn give it the resources of a large school while maintaining its unique character. The community is what drew me here, everyone is so passionate, compassionate, and enthusiastic about being who they are.
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    Harvard University

    • Cambridge, MA
    • 618 reviews
    College Sophomore:There's not a school out there quite like Harvard. Simply put, the quality and diversity of the student body has made my time so far a remarkable experience. The intellectual attitudes and uniqueness of students truly make it a worldly experience.
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    Georgetown University

    • Washington, DC
    • 1,060 reviews
    College Sophomore:The campus is beautiful, professors and faculty truly care about students, and the student body itself is brilliant and kind. Best school ever.
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    University of Chicago

    • Chicago, IL
    • 1,101 reviews
    College Sophomore:Chicago lives up to its standards of being diverse, academically rigourous, and a safe place for inquiry of all kinds. My experience so far has been fantastic, and I'm excited to come back for three more years.
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    Rhode Island School of Design

    • Providence, RI
    • 297 reviews
    College Sophomore:Honestly, the experience completely depends on how you decide to see your experience. Yes, the work load is massive and you will be sleep-deprived, but I promise it will all be worth it. If it's not, you're not at the right school for you. The foundation year is very necessary to expand your definition of art and creativity of your concepts. Parties are alright depending on which ones you find yourself in. I would without-a-doubt choose RISD if I could do it all over again.
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    University of Miami

    • Coral Gables, FL
    • 2,583 reviews
    College Sophomore:Beautiful weather, awesome academics, gorgeous and diverse student body, always something fun to do (whether you party or not). Who wouldn't love to live in Miami?
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    Wesleyan University

    • Middletown, CT
    • 652 reviews
    College Sophomore:Wesleyan may not be for everyone, but it is right for me. I couldn't have chosen a school that fit me any better, and without a doubt, I would choose my school all over again.
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    Wellesley College

    • Wellesley, MA
    • 518 reviews
    College Sophomore:I didn't choose Wellesley because it was an all girls school, but that aspect of it has made my experience so much better. It is wonderfully refreshing to live and learn in an atmosphere where women are consistently empowered and respected and not overshadowed by immature college guys.
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    George Washington University

    • Washington, DC
    • 1,836 reviews
    College Sophomore:Gw is a great school in the perfect location. There are so many things to do around and off campus, and everything is s short walk or metro ride away. The opportunities for internships are endless and Professors and staff are very helpful.
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    Boston University

    • Boston, MA
    • 3,041 reviews
    College Sophomore:I think that the course options at BU are varied according to your degree and what you plan on taking. The College of General Studies is the school that I attend at the moment where we take all of our general education classes in the first two years, and then go into our desired field of study. I think that the school of CGS is an excellent way to get to know your students in your classes, get to know your professors on a deeper level, and find our what path you want to go down after you graduate from CGS. Although the course work may seem somewhat tedious because we cannot choose our CGS classes, we have the ability to choose one elective each semester in the field of our choice to get a better understanding of the other colleges and what BU has to offer.
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    Babson College

    • Wellesley, MA
    • 308 reviews
    College Sophomore:Love the environment and community. The professors know what they are talking about and have experience in their respective fields. The college does a lot for their students and the opportunities afterwards are awesome.
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