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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin

59 Colleges
$41,848 Avg Salary*
36% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Many college students wish to attend a diverse and inclusive institution. This is why College Factual developed its rankings for the Most Diverse Schools in Wisconsin.

We analyzed 59 colleges and universities across Wisconsin to determine which were the most diverse. The four factors we consider to determine overall diversity includes: race and ethnicity of the students, location of origin, age, and male to female ratio.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin

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#1

Beloit College

Beloit, Wisconsin

Beloit College tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in Wisconsin. Beloit is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Beloit, Wisconsin. It awarded 417 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 19.63% of the students are international. 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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#2

Lawrence University

Appleton, Wisconsin

A rank of #2 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin list means Lawrence University is a great place for students who value diversity. Appleton, Wisconsin is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 460 students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 12.3% of the student body. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence U make an average of $44,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#3

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Marquette University. The school came in at #3 in Wisconsin on this year’s diversity ranking. Marquette University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that handed out 2,204 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Marquette go into careers with an average salary of $62,600.

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#4

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

The excellent diversity at University of Wisconsin - Madison helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Wisconsin. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the large , public school handed out 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin make an average of $56,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#5

Carthage College

Kenosha, Wisconsin

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Carthage College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin list. Carthage is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It awarded 734 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Carthage make an average of $44,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#6

Maranatha Baptist University

Watertown, Wisconsin

Maranatha Baptist University came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin ranking. MBU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Watertown, Wisconsin. The school has a small population, and it awarded 130 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 54% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from MBU go into careers with an average salary of $33,000.

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#7

Northland College

Ashland, Wisconsin

With a ranking of #7, Northland College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin list. Located in Ashland, Wisconsin, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 137 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Northland go into careers with an average salary of $33,700.

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#8

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Coming in at #8 for 2021 overall diversity in Wisconsin is University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a large public school situated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It awarded 3,641 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 55% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,200 during the early years of their career.

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With a ranking of #9, University of Wisconsin - Parkside did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin list. Located in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the small , public school awarded 786 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin - Parkside make an average of $39,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#10

Lakeland University

Plymouth, Wisconsin

If you crave a diverse college experience, Lakeland, coming in at #10 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Plymouth, Wisconsin, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 446 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 26% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland go into careers with an average salary of $42,800.

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#11

Wisconsin Lutheran College

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you crave a diverse college experience, WLC, coming in at #11 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 260 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $41,300 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Ripon College

Ripon, Wisconsin

Ripon College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin ranking. Ripon is a private not-for-profit institution located in Ripon, Wisconsin. The school has a small population, and it awarded 197 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Ripon is $45,500 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you crave a diverse college experience, MIAD, coming in at #13 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 129 students in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $33,300 during the early years of their career.

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#14

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

Whitewater, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Whitewater ranked #14 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin list. UW - Whitewater is a fairly large public school situated in Whitewater, Wisconsin. It awarded 2,426 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UW - Whitewater make an average of $42,600 per year during the early years of their career.

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#15

Milwaukee Area Technical College

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee Area Technical College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin ranking, coming in at #15. Located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, MATC is a fairly large public school.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from MATC go into careers with an average salary of $31,100.

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#16

Herzing University - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin

If you crave a diverse college experience, Herzing University - Madison, coming in at #16 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Herzing University - Madison is located in Madison, Wisconsin and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 240 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 12% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $37,800 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Concordia University - Wisconsin

Mequon, Wisconsin

Coming in at #17 for 2021 overall diversity in Wisconsin is CUW. This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Mequon, Wisconsin, and it awarded 686 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 34% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $42,800 during the early years of their career.

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#18

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point

Stevens Point, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin ranking. UW - Stevens Point is located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,927 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from UW - Stevens Point make an average of $40,200 a year.

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#19

Cardinal Stritch University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Coming in at #19 for 2021 overall diversity in Wisconsin is Cardinal Stritch. Cardinal Stritch is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It awarded 356 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 29% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Cardinal Stritch go into careers with an average salary of $48,500.

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#20

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Menomonie, Wisconsin

Coming in at #20 for 2021 overall diversity in Wisconsin is UW - Stout. Menomonie, Wisconsin is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,625 students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 62% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $45,100 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Madison Area Technical College

Madison, Wisconsin

Madison Area Technical College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin ranking. A fairly large institution, Madison College is public.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 40% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,500 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Silver Lake College of the Holy Family

Manitowoc, Wisconsin

If you crave a diverse college experience, Silver Lake College, coming in at #22 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 65 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 40% 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 Silver Lake College go into careers with an average salary of $37,600.

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#23

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh

Oshkosh, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin ranking, coming in at #23. UW Oshkosh is a fairly large public school situated in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It awarded 2,151 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 49% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $42,700 during the early years of their career.

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#24

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

River Falls, Wisconsin

Coming in at #24 for 2021 overall diversity in Wisconsin is UW - River Falls. University of Wisconsin - River Falls is a medium-sized public school located in River Falls, Wisconsin that handed out 1,267 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UW - River Falls make an average of $40,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#25

University of Wisconsin - Superior

Superior, Wisconsin

With a ranking of #25, University of Wisconsin - Superior did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Wisconsin list. University of Wisconsin - Superior is a public institution located in Superior, Wisconsin. The school has a small population, and it awarded 452 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 13.3% of the student body. During the early years of their career, graduates from University of Wisconsin - Superior make an average of $36,700 a year.

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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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