Why Stanford University is the Most Ethnically Diverse Top University in the USA


Data-giant Priceonomics and BestColleges, with data from the Department of Education, have come up with a list of the Top 100 Universities Ranked by Diversity, and the number one spot went to Stanford University.

Published this July 2016, the list shows universities ranked by the different ethnic groups in their schools: White, Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, and Others.

The level of diversity was identified using the Herfindahl–Hirschman Index, which measures diversity across various settings.

According to the list of Top 100 Universities Ranked by Diversity, Stanford University takes first place, followed by:

2) University of California, Los Angeles

3) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4) Columbia University in the City of New York

5) Rice University

6) University of Southern California

7) Stony Brook University

8) University of California, Berkeley

9) New York University

10) Emory University

Other Ivy League schools took lower places: Cornell University (17th), Brown University (19th), University of Pennsylvania (21st), Harvard University (22nd), Yale University (26th), Princeton University (27th), and Dartmouth College (29th).

Diversity has been a buzz word among tertiary and higher education institutions, but how many of these schools really achieve their diversity goals and how seriously do they take this issue?

Stanford University is very particular about promoting diversity in its campus.

As of the university’s latest statistics in 2015, their staff is composed of Hispanic, white, African-American, Native Hawaiian/Ocean Pacific Islander, Asian, American Indian, and other races.

Their faculty has Asian, Native American, Hispanic, and African-American.

More than 50% of their undergraduate students are non-white, and their graduating students reflect the same ethnically diverse profile.

Stanford University’s president and provost have said that increasing the diversity in the academic institution is part of the school’s vision and mission.

It is an aim that they are actively working towards.

In fact, the university’s Diversity and Access Office regularly provide information and diverse hiring plans to the hiring personnel so as to build a “a broadly diverse candidate pool for current openings”.

The office also hosts the Multicultural Springfest, an annual event that celebrates Stanford’s culturally diverse environment.

Other Categories

The survey also included the schools categorized and listed in the US News and World Report’s Top 100 Largest Universities, Top 100 Colleges, and Most Diverse Schools (All Universities), all ranked by diversity.

The No.1 most diverse school in the Largest Universities list is San Francisco State University, with Asian students being the dominant group in the campus.

The other spots in the top 10 are occupied by other California universities (UCLA, California State University-Long Beach, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, UC Berkeley, and California State University-Fullerton).

What is notable is that the California State University, Los Angeles is #41 on the list, not because of lack of other ethnic groups, but because there is a significant lack of white students (they only make up 8% of the population).

Meanwhile, Amherst College topped the Colleges list.

Other toppers were colleges Wellesley, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, and Smith, which are women’s colleges.

It’s not surprising since the aims of these schools were to provide educational opportunities to those who were not traditionally given a chance because of gender and race.

The Most Diverse list that includes all universities showed Holy Names University at the top.

This is not the first time HNU has been recognized as such. In the past academic years, US News and World Report has featured HNU as the most diverse university in the entire country.

Rob Clark

SchoolCampus.org admin staff managing editor

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