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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.

After analyzing 207 schools in the New England Region, we came up with our list of those that offered the most diversity. 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

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#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 located in New Haven, Connecticut and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,664 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

About 12.87% of the students are international. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Yale is $83,200 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

A rank of #2 on our Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list means Harvard University is a great place for students who value diversity. Harvard is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school has a large population, and it awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees 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

Out of the 207 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Dartmouth College landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Hanover, New Hampshire, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school handed out 1,249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $75,500 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. This fairly large , private not-for-profit school is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and it awarded 1,333 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 11.17% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from MIT is $104,700 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

Out of the 207 schools in the New England Region that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Amherst College landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 705 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Amherst make an average of $65,000 a year.

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#6

Brown University

Providence, Rhode Island

With a ranking of #6, Brown University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Providence, Rhode Island is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,097 students in 2018-2019.

About 14.18% of the students are international. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $67,500 during the early years of their career.

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#7

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williams College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Williams is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $59,000 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine

Bowdoin College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Brunswick, Maine, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 664 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Bowdoin make an average of $65,500 a year.

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#9

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

Northeastern University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

18.05% of the students come from out of the country. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern is $67,400 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Coming in at #10 for 2021 overall diversity in the New England Region is Babson College. Babson College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

26.53% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Babson College make an average of $96,100 per year 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 a small private not-for-profit school located in Needham, Massachusetts that handed out 78 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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#12

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

Tufts University ranked #12 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Tufts is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Medford, Massachusetts. It awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

11.53% of the students come from out of the country. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Tufts is $75,800 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

Coming in at #13 for 2021 overall diversity in the New England Region is Boston U. Boston U is located in Boston, Massachusetts and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

A significant number of the students are international, about 25.02% of the student body. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $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. Located in Middletown, Connecticut, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 1,096 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

About 16.28% of the students are international. During the early years of their career, graduates from Wesleyan U make an average of $54,700 a year.

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#15

Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

Berklee College of Music ranked #15 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school awarded 1,439 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

About 28.06% of the students are international. 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

With a ranking of #16, Middlebury College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Middlebury College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Middlebury, Vermont that handed out 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

Coming in at #17 for 2021 overall diversity in the New England Region is Boston College. Located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school awarded 3,062 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 $72,500 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Colby College

Waterville, Maine

If you crave a diverse college experience, Colby, coming in at #18 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Waterville, Maine, and it awarded 608 bachelor’s degrees 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

If you crave a diverse college experience, Bates, coming in at #19 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Bates is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lewiston, Maine. It awarded 565 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Bates make an average of $59,200 a year.

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#20

Hult International Business School

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #20, Hult International Business School did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region list. Hult International Business School is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It awarded 110 bachelor’s degrees 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

If you crave a diverse college experience, Pine Manor, coming in at #21 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 34 bachelor’s degrees 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 did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking, coming in at #22. The New England Conservatory of Music is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 88 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

39.34% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from The New England Conservatory of Music make an average of $32,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#23

Trinity College

Hartford, Connecticut

Coming in at #23 for 2021 overall diversity in the New England Region is Trinity Bantams. Trinity Bantams is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Hartford, Connecticut. It awarded 596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 11.54% of the student body. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $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 private not-for-profit institution located in Providence, Rhode Island. The school has a small population, and it awarded 501 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 29.39% of the student body. 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

University of Hartford came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the New England Region ranking. University of Hartford is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in West Hartford, Connecticut that handed out 1,123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 65% 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 $47,800 during the early years of their career.

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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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