U.S. News and World Report: UH Hilo ranked as the most ethnically diverse campus among national universities

“We are proud to serve such a diverse group of students,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin. “The assets they bring to UH Hilo enrich our community and help us provide an inclusive, high-quality education for all of our students.”

Large group of students pose for photo on the Campus Center Plaza.
UH Hilo’s fall 2018 freshman class.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo as the most ethnically diverse campus among national universities. In the 2020 report of college rankings, UH Hilo received a diversity index of 77 percent, followed by Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI, tied with Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, at 76 percent, and the University of Nevada–Las Vegas, NV, at 75 percent.

“We are proud to serve such a diverse group of students,” says UH Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin. “The assets they bring to UH Hilo enrich our community and help us provide an inclusive, high-quality education for all of our students.”

Data was derived from each institution’s fall 2018 total undergraduate degree-seeking student body as reported to U.S. News & World Report. The diversity index indicates that on a scale of 0 to 1, the closer the number is to one, the more likely it is for students to run into others from a different ethnic group.

From the report:

Students may want to consider the racial and ethnic diversity of a college campus when choosing a school. To identify colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own, U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups. The data are drawn from each institution’s fall 2018 total undergraduate student body. The ethnic categories used in the calculations are non-Hispanic African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian, Asian, non-Hispanic white and multiracial (two or more races). Students who did not identify themselves as members of any of those demographic groups were classified as non-Hispanic whites for the purpose of these calculations. The formula produces a diversity index that ranges from 0 to 1. The closer a school’s number is to 1, the more diverse the student population.

Students at UH Hilo in fall 2018 reported being 22.4 percent Asian, 36.1 percent Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 22.5 percent white and 13.9 percent of two or more races.

The Chronicle of Higher Education’s 2018 Almanac named UH Hilo the most diverse four-year public university in the nation.

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