How to find the most diverse colleges

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Is campus diversity an important factor in your college search? Here are some numbers and resources that can help with your research.

Minority enrollment at Iowa colleges and universities has more than tripled since 1992. As of fall 2016, minority students accounted for 16.5 percent of total enrollment.

The 10 most diverse four-year schools in Iowa are:

  1. William Penn University, Oskaloosa, 32.8 percent minority enrollment
  2. Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, 31.5 percent
  3. Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, 29.7 percent
  4. University of Dubuque, Dubuque, 29.4 percent
  5. Coe College, Cedar Rapids, 25.0 percent
  6. Graceland University, Lamoni, 24.8 percent
  7. Grinnell College, Grinnell, 24.7 percent
  8. Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, 23.8 percent
  9. Cornell College, Mount Vernon, 21.1 percent
  10. Emmaus Bible College, Dubuque, 21.1 percent

(These numbers do not include international students or for-profit schools.)

For any school in the United States, you can look up diversity statistics at the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard. Just type in the name of the school, then click on “Student Body.”

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