U H Manoa students

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa ranks as one of the nation’s most diverse colleges and universities, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report. UH Mānoa came in eighth in the ranking, which is based on higher education campuses where undergraduates are most likely to encounter students from a different racial or ethnic background. There are more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States.

“When we draw from a vast array of diverse backgrounds and life experiences, we have a more creative community,” said Michael Bruno, provost for the university’s flagship campus. “We continue to seek new ways in which we can leverage that diversity to inform and enhance student academic success, growth and development. Diversity is a measurement of success as well as a driver of success.”

Data was drawn from each institution’s fall 2017 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). The proportion of minority students, excluding international students, and an overall mix of groups, were also considered in the ranking.

Universities with a high campus ethnic diversity index

  • Rutgers University–Newark
  • University of Nevada–Las Vegas
  • Andrews University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Houston
  • University of San Francisco
  • San Francisco State University
  • University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • University of the Pacific
  • Georgia State University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • University of California–Los Angeles
  • University of California–Santa Cruz
  • University of Illinois–Chicago