Chronicle of Higher Education 2018 Almanac: UH Hilo most diverse public four-year university in nation

The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s 2018 Almanac ranks UH Hilo as the most diverse four-year public university in the United States; three other UH campuses also ranked in top 10.

Large group of students on the Campus Center Plaza.
UH Hilo’s Fall 2018 Freshman Class gather on the Campus Center Plaza during Orientation Week, Aug, 15, 2018. Courtesy photo from the Freshman Experience Program, click to enlarge.

The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s 2018 Almanac ranks the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo as the most diverse four-year public university in the United States.

To draw up the rankings (subscription needed), the almanac uses a diversity index to indicate on a scale of 1 to 100 the probability that any two students at an institution are from different racial or ethnic groups. To calculate the index, the Chronicle analyzed Department of Education data on four-year and two-year institutions with at least 500 students.

Three other UH campuses are also ranked in the top 10: #3 UH Maui College, #4 UH West O‘ahu, and #6 UH Mānoa.

Here is the just released list of the 10 most diverse public four-year universities with their corresponding diversity index:

  1. University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, 88.9
  2. Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology at Okmulgee, 87.1
  3. University of Hawai‘i Maui College, 86.5
  4. University of Hawai‘i-West Oahu, 84.5
  5. Highline College, 81.9
  6. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 81.6
  7. California State University, East Bay, 79.3
  8. Rutgers University-Newark, 78.9
  9. New Jersey Institute of Technology, 78.5
  10. Seattle Central College, 78.0

The data shows UH Hilo with 20.6 percent Asian students, 20.2 percent white, and almost 10 percent Native Hawaiian. Thirty-one percent of the student body self-reports as being two or more races.