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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts

91 Colleges
$57,026 Avg Salary*
67% 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 Massachusetts.

We analyzed 91 colleges and universities across Massachusetts to determine which were the most diverse. Overall diversity was determined by considering these four factors of the student body: racial/ethnic background, geographic representation, male to female ratio, and age.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts

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#1

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Harvard University tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in Massachusetts. Harvard is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,902 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 25% 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 Harvard make an average of $89,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#2

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 #2 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. 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. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from MIT go into careers with an average salary of $104,700.

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#3

Amherst College

Amherst, Massachusetts

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Amherst College. The school came in at #3 in Massachusetts 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.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Amherst is $65,000 during the early years of their career.

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#4

Williams College

Williamstown, Massachusetts

A rank of #4 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list means Williams College is a great place for students who value diversity. Williams is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It awarded 718 bachelor’s degrees 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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#5

Northeastern University

Boston, Massachusetts

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Northeastern University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the large , private not-for-profit school awarded 4,127 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

18.05% of the students come from out of the country. 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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#6

Babson College

Wellesley, Massachusetts

Coming in at #6 for 2021 overall diversity in Massachusetts is Babson College. Babson College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wellesley, Massachusetts. It awarded 548 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 26.53% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Babson College go into careers with an average salary of $96,100.

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#7

Olin College

Needham, Massachusetts

Olin College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts ranking. Olin College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Needham, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 78 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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#8

Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts

Tufts University ranked #8 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. Tufts is a private not-for-profit institution located in Medford, Massachusetts. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 11.53% of the students are international. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Tufts make an average of $75,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #9, Boston University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. This large , private not-for-profit school is located in Boston, Massachusetts, 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. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Boston U go into careers with an average salary of $65,300.

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#10

Berklee College of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #10, Berklee College of Music did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. Berklee College of Music is located in Boston, Massachusetts and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,439 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

28.06% of the students come from out of the country. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $30,300 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Boston College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #11. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Boston College make an average of $72,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#12

Hult International Business School

Cambridge, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #12, Hult International Business School did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 110 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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#13

Pine Manor College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #13, Pine Manor College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, and it awarded 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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#14

The New England Conservatory of Music

Boston, Massachusetts

The New England Conservatory of Music landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 88 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 39.34% of the student body. 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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#15

Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, Massachusetts

If you crave a diverse college experience, ENC, coming in at #15 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. ENC is located in Quincy, Massachusetts and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 163 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 53% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from ENC make an average of $42,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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#16

Brandeis University

Waltham, Massachusetts

Brandeis University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts ranking. Brandeis University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Waltham, Massachusetts that handed out 1,430 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

18.67% of the students come from out of the country. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis is $57,900 during the early years of their career.

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#17

Emerson College

Boston, Massachusetts

Emerson College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts ranking, coming in at #17. Emerson is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 982 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Emerson go into careers with an average salary of $46,600.

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#18

Dean College

Franklin, Massachusetts

With a ranking of #18, Dean College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. Dean College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Franklin, Massachusetts. It awarded 184 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Dean College make an average of $33,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#19

Bard College at Simon's Rock

Great Barrington, Massachusetts

Bard College at Simon’s Rock ranked #19 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. Simon’s Rock is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. It awarded 104 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Simon’s Rock go into careers with an average salary of $32,500.

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#20

Hampshire College

Amherst, Massachusetts

If you crave a diverse college experience, Hampshire, coming in at #20 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Hampshire is located in Amherst, Massachusetts and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 288 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire go into careers with an average salary of $34,500.

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#21

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Boston, Massachusetts

Coming in at #21 for 2021 overall diversity in Massachusetts is UMass Boston. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the fairly large , public school awarded 2,576 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 47% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UMass Boston go into careers with an average salary of $48,200.

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#22

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Amherst, Massachusetts, the large , public school awarded 6,878 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst go into careers with an average salary of $51,400.

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#23

College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, Massachusetts

College of the Holy Cross landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts ranking. Located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 848 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Holy Cross make an average of $71,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#24

Suffolk University

Boston, Massachusetts

Suffolk University ranked #24 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts list. Suffolk is located in Boston, Massachusetts and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,319 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

A significant number of the students are international, about 15.26% of the student body. During the early years of their career, graduates from Suffolk make an average of $53,100 a year.

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#25

Boston Architectural College

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Architectural College landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Massachusetts ranking. Boston Architectural Center is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. The school has a small population, and it awarded 40 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

40.91% of the students come from out of the country. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Boston Architectural Center is $46,100 during the early years of their career.

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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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