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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania

197 Colleges
$57,904 Avg Salary*
63% 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 Pennsylvania.

After analyzing 197 schools in Pennsylvania, 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 Pennsylvania

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#1

Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Our analysis found Swarthmore College to be the most diverse school in Pennsylvania in this year’s ranking. Swarthmore, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 545 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

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The excellent diversity at Carnegie Mellon University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Pennsylvania. Carnegie Mellon University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania that handed out 1,848 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 19.39% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon go into careers with an average salary of $83,600.

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#3

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The excellent diversity at University of Pennsylvania helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Pennsylvania. This large , private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 3,632 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 47% 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 UPenn is $85,900 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Haverford College

Haverford, Pennsylvania

A rank of #4 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania list means Haverford College is a great place for students who value diversity. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 12.89% of the students are international. During the early years of their career, graduates from Haverford make an average of $60,700 a year.

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#5

Drexel University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A rank of #5 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania list means Drexel University is a great place for students who value diversity. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,710 students 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. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Drexel is $68,800 during the early years of their career.

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#6

Curtis Institute of Music

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Curtis Institute of Music came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 24 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

About 38.89% of the students are international.

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#7

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Lehigh University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,379 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Lehigh make an average of $81,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#8

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus

University Park, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University - World Campus came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. University Park, Pennsylvania is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,365 students 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 Penn State World Campus is $50,100 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Coming in at #9 for 2021 overall diversity in Pennsylvania is Franklin and Marshall. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 614 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 15.65% of the students are international. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall go into careers with an average salary of $58,900.

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#10

Lafayette College

Easton, Pennsylvania

Lafayette College landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. Lafayette is a private not-for-profit institution located in Easton, Pennsylvania. The school has a small population, and it awarded 804 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

10.32% of the students come from out of the country. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Lafayette go into careers with an average salary of $68,600.

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#11

University of Valley Forge

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania

University of Valley Forge came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 140 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 64% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from UVF make an average of $31,100 a year.

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#12

Villanova University

Villanova, Pennsylvania

Villanova University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania list. This fairly large , private not-for-profit school is located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 2,240 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 61% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. During the early years of their career, graduates from Villanova make an average of $77,900 a year.

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#13

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #13, Bucknell University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania list. Located in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 1,034 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell make an average of $70,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#14

Pennsylvania State University - Abington

Abington, Pennsylvania

Coming in at #14 for 2021 overall diversity in Pennsylvania is Penn State Abington. Located in Abington, Pennsylvania, the small , public school awarded 690 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

About 13.57% of the students are international. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Penn State Abington make an average of $50,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#15

Temple University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

With a ranking of #15, Temple University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania list. Temple University is a large public school located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that handed out 6,523 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Temple go into careers with an average salary of $50,500.

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#16

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh Campus landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,451 students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Pitt make an average of $53,900 a year.

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#17

Allegheny College

Meadville, Pennsylvania

Allegheny College came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. Located in Meadville, Pennsylvania, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 452 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Allegheny go into careers with an average salary of $50,900.

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#18

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania State University - University Park came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. Penn State University Park is located in University Park, Pennsylvania and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University Park is $50,100 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Dickinson College

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

If you crave a diverse college experience, Dickinson, coming in at #19 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Dickinson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Carlisle, Pennsylvania that handed out 752 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

12.13% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson make an average of $57,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking. Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 51 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

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#21

Lycoming College

Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Lycoming College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 298 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Lycoming go into careers with an average salary of $45,700.

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#22

Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Coming in at #22 for 2021 overall diversity in Pennsylvania is Lancaster Bible College. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 276 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 49% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $34,300 during the early years of their career.

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#23

The University of the Arts

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The University of the Arts ranked #23 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UArts go into careers with an average salary of $32,600.

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#24

Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Gettysburg College ranked #24 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Pennsylvania list. Located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 722 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Gettysburg go into careers with an average salary of $56,100.

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#25

Ursinus College

Collegeville, Pennsylvania

If you crave a diverse college experience, Ursinus, coming in at #25 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Ursinus College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Collegeville, Pennsylvania that handed out 400 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $55,200 during the early years of their career.

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Rest of the Top 15% Most Diverse Schools in Pennsylvania

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

Cairn University

Langhorne, Pennsylvania
#27

La Salle University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
#28

Albright College

Reading, Pennsylvania
#29

Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg

Middletown, Pennsylvania

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
30 Point Park University Pittsburgh, PA
31 Saint Joseph’s University Philadelphia, PA
32 Chestnut Hill College Philadelphia, PA
33 Muhlenberg College Allentown, PA
34 Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA
35 DeVry University - Pennsylvania Ft. Washington, PA
36 East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg, PA
37 University of the Sciences Philadelphia, PA
38 Lackawanna College Scranton, PA
39 Bryn Athyn College of the New Church Bryn Athyn, 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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