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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York

247 Colleges
$50,817 Avg Salary*
65% 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 New York.

After analyzing 247 schools in New York, we came up with our list of those that offered the most diversity. 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 New York

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Our 2021 rankings named Columbia University in the City of New York the most diverse school in New York. Columbia is a large private not-for-profit school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 2,702 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 19.68% of the students are international. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Columbia go into careers with an average salary of $83,300.

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#2

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

A rank of #2 on our Most Diverse Colleges in New York list means Cornell University is a great place for students who value diversity. Located in Ithaca, New York, the large , private not-for-profit school awarded 4,145 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

About 11.04% of the students are international. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $77,200 during the early years of their career.

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#3

New York University

New York, New York

The excellent diversity at New York University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in New York. Located in New York, New York, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 6,658 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 16.83% of the students are international. During the early years of their career, graduates from NYU make an average of $61,900 a year.

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#4

The Juilliard School

New York, New York

A rank of #4 on our Most Diverse Colleges in New York list means The Juilliard School is a great place for students who value diversity. Juilliard is a small private not-for-profit school situated in New York, New York. It awarded 111 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 23.01% of the students are international. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Juilliard go into careers with an average salary of $32,800.

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#5

Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park, New York

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Culinary Institute of America. The school came in at #5 in New York on this year’s diversity ranking. Located in Hyde Park, New York, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 319 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $43,200 during the early years of their career.

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#6

University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

With a ranking of #6, University of Rochester did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York list. Rochester, New York is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,921 students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 52% 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 Rochester is $61,200 during the early years of their career.

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Coming in at #7 for 2021 overall diversity in New York is School for Film and Television (The). School for Film and Television (The) is a small private for-profit school located in New York, New York.

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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#8

Manhattan School of Music

New York, New York

Manhattan School of Music did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking, coming in at #8. Located in New York, New York, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 84 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Manhattan School of Music make an average of $32,300 a year.

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#9

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

Syracuse University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. Located in Syracuse, New York, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

13.55% of the students come from out of the country. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $62,100 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Excelsior College

Albany, New York

If you crave a diverse college experience, Excelsior College, coming in at #10 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.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 7% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score.

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Coming in at #11 for 2021 overall diversity in New York is American Musical and Dramatic Academy. American Musical and Dramatic Academy is a small private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that handed out 215 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from American Musical and Dramatic Academy go into careers with an average salary of $28,000.

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#12

Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, New York

Vassar College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 761 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

10.62% of the students come from out of the country. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Vassar go into careers with an average salary of $54,600.

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#13

Hamilton College

Clinton, New York

Hamilton College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. Located in Clinton, New York, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 603 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Hamilton go into careers with an average salary of $60,200.

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#14

Nyack College

Nyack, New York

Nyack College landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Nyack, New York, and it awarded 295 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 30% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Nyack go into careers with an average salary of $41,300.

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#15

Fordham University

Bronx, New York

Fordham University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. Located in Bronx, New York, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school awarded 2,501 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 59% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $59,200 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

Colgate University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. Colgate is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hamilton, New York. It awarded 894 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Colgate make an average of $63,600 a year.

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#17

St John's University - New York

Queens, New York

St John’s University - New York landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. Located in Queens, New York, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 2,444 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from STJ is $55,200 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York

With a ranking of #18, Hofstra University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York list. Hofstra is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hempstead, New York. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,745 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $53,100 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York

Coming in at #19 for 2021 overall diversity in New York is SUNY Stony Brook. Stony Brook University is a large public school located in Stony Brook, New York that handed out 4,945 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

16.63% of the students come from out of the country. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Stony Brook is $57,600 during the early years of their career.

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#20

Pace University - New York

New York, New York

If you crave a diverse college experience, Pace University, coming in at #20 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Pace University - New York is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that handed out 1,914 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

11.72% of the students come from out of the country. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Pace University is $60,300 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Bard College

Annandale-On-Hudson, New York

Bard College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. Located in Annandale-On-Hudson, New York, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 414 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

About 12.06% of the students are international. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Bard is $39,700 during the early years of their career.

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Coming in at #22 for 2021 overall diversity in New York is American Academy of Dramatic Arts-New York. Located in New York, New York, American Academy of Dramatic Arts-New York is a small private not-for-profit school.

During the early years of their career, graduates from American Academy of Dramatic Arts-New York make an average of $32,700 a year.

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#23

Pratt Institute - Main

Brooklyn, New York

With a ranking of #23, Pratt Institute - Main did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York list. Pratt Institute - Main is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Brooklyn, New York that handed out 729 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

27.83% of the students come from out of the country. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Pratt Institute is $43,400 during the early years of their career.

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#24

The New School

New York, New York

The New School landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking. New School University is located in New York, New York and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,377 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 54% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,500 during the early years of their career.

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#25

School of Visual Arts

New York, New York

School of Visual Arts did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in New York ranking, coming in at #25. SVA is located in New York, New York and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 834 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

A significant number of the students are international, about 44.35% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from SVA go into careers with an average salary of $41,800.

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Rest of the Top 15% Most Diverse Schools in New York

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

#29

Union College New York

Schenectady, New York
#30

University at Albany

Albany, New York
#31

Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, New York
#32

Iona College

New Rochelle, New York
#33

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, New York
#34

United States Military Academy

West Point, New York
#35

Ithaca College

Ithaca, New York
#36

CUNY Bernard M Baruch College

New York, New York
#37

Purchase College

Purchase, New York

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
38 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
39 Alfred University Alfred, NY
40 Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY
41 The King’s College New York, NY
42 CUNY City College New York, NY
43 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
44 St. Thomas Aquinas College Sparkill, NY
45 LIU Post Brookville, NY
46 Manhattanville College Purchase, NY
47 St Lawrence University Canton, NY
48 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
49 Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY

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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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