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These Colleges Have the Most Diverse Student Bodies

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5. Rutgers University-Newark
> Located in: Newark, NJ
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 80.0%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: Hispanic (29.8% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 9,142
> Avg. cost of attendance: $24,719

Rutgers University-Newark is one of just five primarily bachelor’s degree granting in America with at least an 80% chance two randomly selected students are of a different race, ethnicity, or U.S. citizenship status.

Rutgers University-Newark is the only school among the 25 most diverse in which over 20% of American undergraduate students identify as black or African American. Among the other most well-represented racial identities are Hispanic students at 29.8%, white students at 23.3%, and Asian students at 19.5%.

4. University of San Francisco
> Located in: San Francisco, CA
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 80.4%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (29.7% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 6,704
> Avg. cost of attendance: $63,117

University of San Francisco is one of just two schools in which the largest racial or ethnic group, in this case white students, makes up less than 30% of the overall American undergraduate population. Several other racial groups have nearly as high a share, with Asian students comprising 27.8% of undergraduates, and Hispanic students 25.0%.

USF has one of the highest shares of multi-racial students in its American undergraduate population, at 9.6%. The college is located in San Francisco County, one of the most diverse counties in America, with a 69.2% chance two random county residents have a different background.

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3. University of Massachusetts-Boston
> Located in: Boston, MA
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 80.6%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (37.2% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 12,714
> Avg. cost of attendance: $21,777

University of Massachusetts-Boston is the only large four-year public school in America in which there is a greater than 80% chance that two randomly selected students would have a different race, ethnicity, or U.S. citizenship status. The college is relatively accessible, as it has an acceptance rate of 77% and costs far less than most other schools on this list to attend, at under $22,000 a year.

Black students make up 18.8% of the American undergraduate population — a share nearly 50% higher than at the average American school considered and the second highest share among the most diverse colleges.

2. New York University
> Located in: New York, NY
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 81.4%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (35.6% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 26,733
> Avg. cost of attendance: $67,865

New York University ranks as the second most diverse school in the country, with its American undergraduate population comprising 35.6% white students, 23.5% Asian students, 18.8% Hispanic students, and 8.9% black students. Despite the fact that it is a fairly large and expensive school, NYU is one of the hardest to get into, with just a 20% acceptance rate.

NYU also has a significant international contingent in its undergraduate ranks, with 20.6% of those students identifying as nonresident aliens. Just one other school to rank among the most diverse has at least 20% international students.

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1. New York Institute of Technology
> Located in: Old Westbury, NY
> Chance two random students are a different race, ethnicity, or citizenship: 83.2%
> Largest racial/ethnic group: White (31.3% of U.S. students)
> Undergraduate enrollment: 3,648
> Avg. cost of attendance: $46,971

At New York Institute of Technology there is an 83.2% chance two random students would be of a different race, ethnicity, or U.S. citizenship status — the highest chance of any large four-year college in the country. Of American undergraduates, 31.3% identify as white, 21.6% identify as Asian, 20.2% identify as Hispanic, 11.4% identify as black, and 5.6% identify as multi-racial.

The private technological institute, located on Long Island, recently established the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity Task Force. The task force aims to “welcome diversity, foster equity, and promote a culture of inclusion” at the school. Unlike the majority of the most diverse schools, NYUT has a fairly high acceptance rate — 75.7% of applicants were accepted in the most recent school year. Nationwide, the average acceptance rate is 55.5%.

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