The 2017 Most Diverse Colleges ranking is 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. Learn where our data comes from.
|Student Racial Diversity Index||Index of Student Racial Diversity.||U.S. Dept. of Education||25.0%|
|Percent International Students||Percent of students who are not legal U.S. residents.||U.S. Dept. of Education||15.0%|
|Percent Out-of-State Students||Percent of students whose primary residence is not in same state as college.||U.S. Dept. of Education||15.0%|
|Student Economic Diversity Index||Index of Student Economic Diversity.||U.S. Dept. of Education||15.0%|
|Faculty Diversity Index||An index of Faculty Racial Diversity.||U.S. Dept. of Education||10.0%|
|Student Surveys on Diversity||Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding campus diversity at each school.||Self-reported by Niche users||10.0%|
|Faculty Gender Ratio (M-F)||Ratio of male to female faculty.||U.S. Dept. of Education||5.0%|
|Student Gender Ratio (M-F)||Ratio of male to female undergraduates.||U.S. Dept. of Education||5.0%|
This ranking assesses 1,673 4-year colleges and universities. The same methodology is used to produce the Niche Diversity Grade for each ranked school as well as additional 4-year colleges, community colleges, trade schools, and other 2-year programs. Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent the most recent data available, usually from 2014–2016, as self-reported by the colleges.
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