UH-Hilo retains No. 1 diversity ranking

  • Courtesy photo University of Hawaii at Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin and students shaka to celebrate UH-Hilo’s No. 1 diversity ranking for the second year in a row.

The University of Hawaii at Hilo is once again the most ethnically diverse campus among national universities, according to the U.S. News & World Report in its 2021 report of college rankings.

UH-Hilo also was named as the most ethnically diverse campus in the national publication’s 2020 report.

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“Now more than ever, we need to find ways to connect and understand one another,” said UH-Hilo Chancellor Bonnie D. Irwin. “The rich diversity of UH-Hilo’s campus ohana helps us prepare all of our students for work and life in our increasingly diverse world.”

UH-Hilo received a diversity index of 77%, followed by Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., and University of Nevada-Las Vegas tied at 76% and Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., Stanford University in Stanford, Calif., and University of San Francisco tied at 75%.

Data was derived from each institution’s fall 2019 total undergraduate degree-seeking student body as reported to U.S. News & World Report.

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Students at UH-Hilo in fall 2019 reported being 14.7% Asian, 9% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 19.1% white and 35.2% of two or more races.

The entire list of ethnically diverse campus rankings can be found at www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/campus-ethnic-diversity.

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