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These Colleges Have the Most Diverse Student Bodies

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10. Illinois Institute of Technology
> Located in: Chicago, IL
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 78.8%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (43.5% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 3,026
> Avg. cost of attendance: $60,489

With a 78.8% chance that two different students are from a different racial or ethnic background, Illinois Institute of Technology is the 10th most diverse school in America. IIT is the only school in the Midwest to appear on this list. A large share of the undergraduate class is from different countries, as 18.8% of undergraduates are classified as nonresident aliens.

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9. Stony Brook University
> Located in: Stony Brook, NY
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 79.0%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (37.5% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 17,522
> Avg. cost of attendance: $23,915

Stony Brook University is one of just nine American colleges at which there is at least a 79% chance two randomly selected students will have a different race, ethnicity, or U.S. citizenship status. The school, located on Long Island, has an American undergrad population comprising 37.5% white students, 30.0% Asian students, 14.1% Hispanic students, and 8.2% black students, among others.

Many of the colleges on this list are also among the most expensive. At the 25 most diverse schools, the average cost for one year is just over $47,000. At Stony Brook, it costs nearly half that amount, at just under $24,000.

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8. New Jersey Institute of Technology
> Located in: Newark, NJ
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 79.3%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (33.9% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 8,532
> Avg. cost of attendance: $29,851

New Jersey Institute of Technology is one of the most diverse colleges in the nation, with three different racial groups representing more than 20% of the total American undergraduate population. White students make up 33.9% of this group, followed by Asian students at 23.1%, and Hispanic students at 22.7%.

NJIT has a Diversity and Inclusion department that promotes “self-awareness, mutual understanding, knowledge, and respect for others.” It also has over a dozen identity-based clubs and organizations, including groups for Latin, African, Filipino, Korean, and Persian students, among others.

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7. Cornell University
> Located in: Ithaca, NY
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 79.4%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (40.8% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 15,182
> Avg. cost of attendance: $67,613

Cornell University is one of two Ivy League schools to rank among the most diverse colleges in the country, along with Columbia University. Cornell is located in an area that is not very diverse, but most students are not from Tompkins County, where the school is located, or even New York state.

Cornell is among the most diverse schools with a 79.4% chance two randomly selected students are of a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship. Of the school’s American undergraduates, 21.6% identify as Asian, 7.7% identify as black, and 15.1% identify as Hispanic.

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6. Johns Hopkins University
> Located in: Baltimore, MD
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 79.4%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (36.5% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 6,064
> Avg. cost of attendance: $67,603

Johns Hopkins University is the only school located in Maryland to rank among the most diverse. Of the American undergraduates at Johns Hopkins, 27.7% identify as Asian, 15.5% identify as Hispanic, and 8.1% identify as black.

Almost none of the Johns Hopkins student body comes from nearby, as 90% of undergraduate students come from out of state. The university is perhaps best known for its prestigious medical school, but even for undergraduates it is a difficult school to attend. It has just an 11.5% admission rate, which may allow the school to be more selective and create a diverse student body when selecting from its applicant pool compared to schools with relatively few applicants.

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