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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

587 Colleges
$59,683 Avg Salary*
70% 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 the Middle Atlantic Region.

Our analysis looked at 587 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region to determine which ones were the most diverse. To come up with this ranking, we looked at overall diversity in four factors: racial/ethnic background, age, male to female ratio, and geographic location.

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Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region

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#1

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Our analysis found Swarthmore College to be the most diverse school in the Middle Atlantic Region in this year’s ranking. Located in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 545 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 11.81% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore go into careers with an average salary of $56,700.

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#2

Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, Maryland

Out of the 587 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Johns Hopkins University landed the #2 spot on the list. This large , private not-for-profit school is located in Baltimore, Maryland, and it awarded 1,747 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 32% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins make an average of $73,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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The excellent diversity at Columbia University in the City of New York helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in the Middle Atlantic Region . This large , private not-for-profit school is located in New York, New York, and it awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 19.68% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Columbia is $83,300 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Out of the 587 schools in the Middle Atlantic Region that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Princeton University landed the #4 spot on the list. Princeton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Princeton, New Jersey. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 13.33% of the students are international. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton make an average of $74,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#5

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

A rank of #5 on our Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region list means Carnegie Mellon University is a great place for students who value diversity. Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 19.39% of the students are international. During the early years of their career, graduates from Carnegie Mellon make an average of $83,600 a year.

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#6

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,632 students in 2018-2019.

About 12.67% of the students are international. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UPenn is $85,900 during the early years of their career.

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#7

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Cornell is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Ithaca, New York. It awarded 4,145 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 11.04% of the student body. During the early years of their career, graduates from Cornell make an average of $77,200 a year.

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#8

New York University

New York, New York

New York University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. NYU is a private not-for-profit institution located in New York, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 16.83% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from NYU is $61,900 during the early years of their career.

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#9

The Juilliard School

New York, New York

The Juilliard School did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #9. New York, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 111 students in 2018-2019.

23.01% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Juilliard make an average of $32,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#10

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York

Culinary Institute of America did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #10. The Culinary Institute of America is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hyde Park, New York. It awarded 319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from The Culinary Institute of America make an average of $43,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#11

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

University of Rochester ranked #11 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region list. University of Rochester is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Rochester, New York that handed out 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 52% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from University of Rochester make an average of $61,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#12

Gallaudet University

Washington, District of Columbia

Coming in at #12 for 2021 overall diversity in the Middle Atlantic Region is Gallaudet. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 200 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 49% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet make an average of $31,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia

Georgetown University ranked #13 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Georgetown is a private not-for-profit institution located in Washington, District of Columbia. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,169 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 42% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $93,500 during the early years of their career.

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#14

Haverford College

Haverford, Pennsylvania

Haverford College came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 12.89% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Haverford go into careers with an average salary of $60,700.

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Coming in at #15 for 2021 overall diversity in the Middle Atlantic Region is School for Film and Television (The). A small institution, School for Film and Television (The) is private for-profit.

During the early years of their career, graduates from School for Film and Television (The) make an average of $30,400 a year.

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University of Maryland - University College ranked #16 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Adelphi, Maryland is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,388 students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 13% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland - University College is $51,200 during the early years of their career.

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#17

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia

George Washington University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. GWU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Washington, District of Columbia. It awarded 3,447 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 12.59% of the students are international. During the early years of their career, graduates from GWU make an average of $69,600 a year.

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#18

Manhattan School of Music

New York, New York

Manhattan School of Music did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking, coming in at #18. New York, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 84 students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan School of Music go into careers with an average salary of $32,300.

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#19

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

With a ranking of #19, Syracuse University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Syracuse University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Syracuse, New York that handed out 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

13.55% of the students come from out of the country. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse go into careers with an average salary of $62,100.

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#20

Catholic University of America

Washington, District of Columbia

Catholic University of America ranked #20 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region list. CUA is located in Washington, District of Columbia and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 830 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 52% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from CUA is $56,800 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Excelsior College

Albany, New York

If you crave a diverse college experience, Excelsior College, coming in at #21 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Excelsior College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Albany, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,482 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 7% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity.

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#22

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Drexel University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Drexel is a private not-for-profit institution located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,710 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 50% 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 $68,800 during the early years of their career.

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#23

Curtis Institute of Music

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Curtis Institute of Music ranked #23 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 24 students in 2018-2019.

38.89% of the students come from out of the country.

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American Musical and Dramatic Academy came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region ranking. Located in New York, New York, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 215 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 $28,000 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, New York

With a ranking of #25, Vassar College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Middle Atlantic Region list. Vassar College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Poughkeepsie, New York that handed out 761 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 10.62% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Vassar go into careers with an average salary of $54,600.

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Rest of the Top 50 Most Diverse Schools in the Middle Atlantic 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

American University

Washington, District of Columbia
#27

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York
#28

Nyack College

Nyack, New York
#29

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
#30

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
#31

Seton Hall University

South Orange, New Jersey
#32

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
#33

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania
#34

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
#35

Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
#36

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York
#37

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania
#38

University of Valley Forge

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
#39

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania
#40

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
#41

Rutgers University - New Brunswick

New Brunswick, New Jersey
#42

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
#43

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
#44

Pace University - New York

New York, New York
#45

Mount St Mary's University

Emmitsburg, Maryland
#46

St John's College

Annapolis, Maryland
#47

Pennsylvania State University - Abington

Abington, Pennsylvania
#48

Strayer University - Global Region

Washington, District of Columbia
#49

Bard College

Annandale-On-Hudson, New York

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Rest of the Top 15% Most Diverse Schools in the Middle Atlantic Region

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Rank College Location
51 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
52 Pratt Institute - Main Brooklyn, NY
53 United States Naval Academy Annapolis, MD
54 University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus Pittsburgh, PA
55 The New School New York, NY
56 School of Visual Arts New York, NY
57 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, NY
58 Allegheny College Meadville, PA
59 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
60 Dickinson College Carlisle, PA
61 Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Harrisburg, PA
62 Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art New York, NY
63 Lycoming College Williamsport, PA
64 Maryland Institute College of Art Baltimore, MD
65 Lancaster Bible College Lancaster, PA
Rank College Location
66 The University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA
67 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
68 Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, NY
69 Union College New York Schenectady, NY
70 University at Albany Albany, NY
71 Gettysburg College Gettysburg, PA
72 Skidmore College Saratoga Springs, NY
73 Iona College New Rochelle, NY
74 Drew University Madison, NJ
75 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
76 Wesley College Dover, DE
77 United States Military Academy West Point, NY
78 Loyola University Maryland Baltimore, MD
79 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
80 CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY
81 Montgomery College Rockville, MD
82 Purchase College Purchase, NY
83 Goucher College Baltimore, MD
84 Ursinus College Collegeville, PA
85 Cairn University Langhorne, PA
86 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
87 Alfred University Alfred, NY
88 Rider University Lawrenceville, NJ

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
89 University of Delaware Newark, DE
90 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
91 The King’s College New York, NY
92 CUNY City College New York, NY
93 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
94 Albright College Reading, PA
95 McDaniel College Westminster, MD
96 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
97 Goldey - Beacom College Wilmington, DE
98 St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, NY
99 LIU Post Brookville, NY
100 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
101 Towson University Towson, MD
102 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
103 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
Rank College Location
104 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
105 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
106 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
107 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
108 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY
109 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
110 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
111 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
112 Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, PA
113 ASA College Brooklyn, NY
114 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
115 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
116 CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
117 DeVry University - Pennsylvania Ft. Washington, PA

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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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