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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

485 Colleges
$51,648 Avg Salary*
62% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Which colleges in the Great Lakes Region are succeeding at true diversity? Check out this ranking to find out.

Our analysis looked at 485 schools in the Great Lakes Region to determine which ones were the most diverse. To determine overall diversity, we consider four factors: racial/ethnic makeup of the students, the geographic representation of the students, male to female ratio, and age range.

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Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region

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#1

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Chicago tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in the Great Lakes Region . UChicago is located in Chicago, Illinois and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 43% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UChicago is $68,100 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Northwestern University. The school came in at #2 in the Great Lakes Region on this year’s diversity ranking. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 42% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern U go into careers with an average salary of $69,000.

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#3

Andrews University

Berrien Springs, Michigan

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Andrews University. The school came in at #3 in the Great Lakes Region on this year’s diversity ranking. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, and it awarded 313 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 38% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Andrews make an average of $45,200 a year.

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Out of the 485 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Case Western Reserve University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,372 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 15.65% of the student body. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Case Western make an average of $74,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#5

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

The excellent diversity at University of Notre Dame helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in the Great Lakes Region . University of Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Notre Dame, Indiana that handed out 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame make an average of $78,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#6

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large , public school handed out 7,815 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from U of Michigan go into careers with an average salary of $63,400.

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#7

Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #7. Located in Beloit, Wisconsin, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 417 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

19.63% of the students come from out of the country. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $42,400 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio

With a ranking of #8, Oberlin College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Oberlin, Ohio, and it awarded 872 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

11.81% of the students come from out of the country. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin go into careers with an average salary of $40,800.

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#9

Lawrence University

Appleton, Wisconsin

Lawrence University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Appleton, Wisconsin, and it awarded 460 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 12.3% of the student body. During the early years of their career, graduates from Lawrence U make an average of $44,100 a year.

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#10

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

DePaul University ranked #10 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region list. DePaul is located in Chicago, Illinois and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,518 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 51% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from DePaul make an average of $53,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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#11

DeVry University - Illinois

Chicago, Illinois

DeVry University - Illinois came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking. DeVry University - Illinois is a fairly large private for-profit school located in Chicago, Illinois that handed out 1,686 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 10% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University - Illinois is $44,100 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Earlham College

Richmond, Indiana

If you crave a diverse college experience, Earlham, coming in at #12 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Earlham College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Richmond, Indiana that handed out 229 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 19.44% of the students are international. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $35,000 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Denison University

Granville, Ohio

If you crave a diverse college experience, Denison, coming in at #13 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Denison is located in Granville, Ohio and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $48,800 during the early years of their career.

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#14

Columbia College Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Columbia College Chicago did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #14. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,560 students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia make an average of $34,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#15

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, Ohio

Union Institute & University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it awarded 403 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Union go into careers with an average salary of $42,400.

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#16

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

Coming in at #16 for 2021 overall diversity in the Great Lakes Region is Wheaton College Illinois. Wheaton College Illinois is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 720 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Wheaton College Illinois make an average of $48,400 a year.

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#17

Valor Christian College

Canal Winchester, Ohio

With a ranking of #17, Valor Christian College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region list. Valor Christian College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Canal Winchester, Ohio.

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#18

Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

If you crave a diverse college experience, Kenyon, coming in at #18 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Kenyon College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Gambier, Ohio that handed out 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon make an average of $48,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#19

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

Knox College landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Galesburg, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 367 students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 19.02% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Knox is $39,700 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

With a ranking of #20, Marquette University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region list. Marquette is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,204 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Marquette make an average of $62,600 a year.

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#21

Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Illinois

Moody Bible Institute ranked #21 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region list. Moody Theological Seminary and Graduate School is located in Chicago, Illinois and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 586 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 37% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score.

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If you crave a diverse college experience, UIUC, coming in at #22 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This large , public school is located in Champaign, Illinois, and it awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 13.72% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UIUC is $61,500 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Benedictine University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #23. Lisle, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 777 students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 42% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Benedictine U go into careers with an average salary of $49,000.

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#24

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana

Indiana University - Bloomington came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, the large , public school awarded 7,952 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from IU Bloomington make an average of $47,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#25

The College of Wooster

Wooster, Ohio

The College of Wooster did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #25. Wooster College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wooster, Ohio. It awarded 522 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 13.39% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Wooster College go into careers with an average salary of $46,300.

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Rest of the Top 50 Most Diverse Schools in the Great Lakes Region

Not only did these schools make the top most-diverse list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#27

Cleveland Institute of Music

Cleveland, Ohio
#28

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#29

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana
#32

Xavier University

Cincinnati, Ohio
#34

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Illinois
#35

Eastern Gateway Community College

Steubenville, Ohio
#36

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
#37

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois
#38

Antioch College

Yellow Springs, Ohio
#39

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
#41

Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, Ohio
#42

Notre Dame College

Cleveland, Ohio
#43

North Park University

Chicago, Illinois
#44

Concordia University - Chicago

River Forest, Illinois
#45

Miami University - Oxford

Oxford, Ohio
#46

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois
#47

Holy Cross College

Notre Dame, Indiana
#48

Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, Michigan
#49

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, Illinois
#50

Roosevelt University

Chicago, Illinois

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Rest of the Top 15% Most Diverse Schools in the Great Lakes Region

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Rank College Location
51 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
52 Carthage College Kenosha, WI
53 Principia College Elsah, IL
54 Greenville University Greenville, IL
55 Finlandia University Hancock, MI
56 Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, OH
57 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
58 Tiffin University Tiffin, OH
59 Bradley University Peoria, IL
60 Monmouth College Monmouth, IL
61 Albion College Albion, MI
62 McKendree University Lebanon, IL
63 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
64 Maranatha Baptist University Watertown, WI
65 Illinois Wesleyan University Bloomington, IL
Rank College Location
66 University of Toledo Toledo, OH
67 Northland College Ashland, WI
68 Lake Erie College Painesville, OH
69 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL
70 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
71 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
72 Hiram College Hiram, OH

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Most Diverse Colleges ranking:

Rank College Location
73 Cedarville University Cedarville, OH
74 MacMurray College Jacksonville, IL
75 Millikin University Decatur, IL
76 Valparaiso University Valparaiso, IN
77 Baldwin Wallace University Berea, OH
78 Robert Morris University Illinois Chicago, IL
79 Western Illinois University Macomb, IL
80 Columbus State Community College Columbus, OH
81 Defiance College Defiance, OH
82 Taylor University Upland, IN
83 Ohio Christian University Circleville, OH
84 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI
85 Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais, IL
86 Rockford University Rockford, IL
87 Great Lakes Christian College Lansing, MI
Rank College Location
88 University of Wisconsin - Parkside Kenosha, WI
89 Butler University Indianapolis, IN
90 Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, IN
91 Cleveland State University Cleveland, OH
92 Judson University Elgin, IL
93 Lakeland University Plymouth, WI
94 Quincy University Quincy, IL
95 College for Creative Studies Detroit, MI
96 Oakton Community College Des Plaines, IL
97 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).

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