UH-Hilo selected most diverse campus by national publication

  • Courtesy photo University of Hawaii at Hilo’s fall 2018 entering class during Orientation Week.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo was named the most ethnically diverse campus among national universities by the U.S. News & World Report in its 2020 report of college rankings.

UH-Hilo received a diversity index of 77%, followed by Rutgers University in New Jersey at 76% and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas at 75%.


“We are proud to serve such a diverse group of students,” noted 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 0-1, the closer the number is to one, the more likely it is for students to run into others from a different ethnic group.


Students at UH-Hilo in fall 2018 reported being 22.4% Asian, 36.1% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 22.5% white and 13.9% 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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