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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region

207 Colleges
$64,409 Avg Salary*
78% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

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

We analyzed 207 colleges and universities across the New England Region to determine which 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 New England Region

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Our analysis found Yale University to be the most diverse school in the New England Region in this year’s ranking. Yale is a private not-for-profit institution located in New Haven, Connecticut. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 12.87% of the students are international. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Yale make an average of $83,200 per year during the early years of their career.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Harvard University. The school came in at #2 in the New England Region on this year’s diversity ranking. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the large , private not-for-profit school awarded 2,902 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 25% 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 Harvard is $89,700 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire

The excellent diversity at Dartmouth College helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in the New England Region . This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Hanover, New Hampshire, and it awarded 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth make an average of $75,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

A rank of #4 on our Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list means Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a great place for students who value diversity. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

11.17% of the students come from out of the country. During the early years of their career, graduates from MIT make an average of $104,700 a year.

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#5

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Amherst College. The school came in at #5 in the New England Region on this year’s diversity ranking. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Amherst, Massachusetts, and it awarded 705 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Amherst go into careers with an average salary of $65,000.

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#6

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

Brown University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Located in Providence, Rhode Island, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school awarded 2,097 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 14.18% of the student body. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Brown make an average of $67,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#7

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Coming in at #7 for 2021 overall diversity in the New England Region is Williams. Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 718 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Williams make an average of $59,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#8

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

With a ranking of #8, Bowdoin College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Bowdoin is a private not-for-profit institution located in Brunswick, Maine. The school has a small population, and it awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $65,500 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Coming in at #9 for 2021 overall diversity in the New England Region is Northeastern. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 18.05% of the student body. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $67,400 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Babson College ranked #10 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Babson College is located in Wellesley, Massachusetts and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 548 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

A significant number of the students are international, about 26.53% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Babson College is $96,100 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Olin College

Needham, Massachusetts

Olin College came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Olin College is located in Needham, Massachusetts and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 78 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

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#12

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

Tufts University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Medford, Massachusetts, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

11.53% of the students come from out of the country. During the early years of their career, graduates from Tufts make an average of $75,800 a year.

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#13

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

If you crave a diverse college experience, Boston U, coming in at #13 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Boston U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 25.02% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Boston U is $65,300 during the early years of their career.

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#14

Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut

Wesleyan University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Wesleyan U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Middletown, Connecticut. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,096 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

16.28% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan U make an average of $54,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#15

Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

Berklee College of Music landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,439 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

28.06% of the students come from out of the country. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music is $30,300 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Middlebury College

Middlebury, Vermont

If you crave a diverse college experience, Middlebury, coming in at #16 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Middlebury, Vermont, and it awarded 771 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury is $58,200 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #17, Boston College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,062 students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Boston College go into careers with an average salary of $72,500.

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#18

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

Colby College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #18. Waterville, Maine is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 608 students in 2018-2019.

11.96% of the students come from out of the country. During the early years of their career, graduates from Colby make an average of $58,100 a year.

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#19

Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

Bates College ranked #19 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Located in Lewiston, Maine, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 565 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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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#20

Hult International Business School

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Hult International Business School landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 110 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

85.6% of the students come from out of the country.

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#21

Pine Manor College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Pine Manor College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 34 students in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,600 during the early years of their career.

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#22

The New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

The New England Conservatory of Music ranked #22 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. The New England Conservatory of Music is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 88 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 39.34% of the student body. During the early years of their career, graduates from The New England Conservatory of Music make an average of $32,100 a year.

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#23

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut

Trinity College ranked #23 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Trinity Bantams is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hartford, Connecticut. The school has a small population, and it awarded 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 11.54% of the students are international. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Trinity Bantams is $66,100 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island School of Design landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. RISD is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Providence, Rhode Island. It awarded 501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

29.39% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from RISD make an average of $51,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#25

University of Hartford

West Hartford, Connecticut

Coming in at #25 for 2021 overall diversity in the New England Region is Uhart. Located in West Hartford, Connecticut, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school awarded 1,123 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 65% 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 Uhart go into careers with an average salary of $47,800.

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

Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, Massachusetts
#27

United States Coast Guard Academy

New London, Connecticut
#28

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts
#29

New England College

Henniker, New Hampshire
#30

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts
#31

Johnson & Wales University - Providence

Providence, Rhode Island

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
32 Dean College Franklin, MA
33 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
34 Bard College at Simon’s Rock Great Barrington, MA
35 Hampshire College Amherst, MA
36 New England Culinary Institute Montpelier, VT
37 Post University Waterbury, CT
38 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
39 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
40 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
41 College of the Holy Cross Worcester, MA

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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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