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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region

131 Colleges
$43,122 Avg Salary*
34% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

If you're seeking a diverse and multi-faceted college experience, you've come to the right place. The following rankings were designed specifically to help students discover the Rocky Mountains Region schools that value diversity.

Our analysis looked at 131 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region to determine which ones 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 the Rocky Mountains Region

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#1

Fort Lewis College

Durango, Colorado

Our 2021 rankings named Fort Lewis College the most diverse school in the Rocky Mountains Region . Located in Durango, Colorado, the small , public school handed out 667 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $35,200 during the early years of their career.

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#2

Colorado College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Colorado College. The school came in at #2 in the Rocky Mountains Region on this year’s diversity ranking. Colorado Springs, Colorado is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 581 students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 11.44% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Colorado College go into careers with an average salary of $45,400.

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The excellent diversity at Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in the Rocky Mountains Region . Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is a large private for-profit school located in Colorado Springs, Colorado that handed out 3,067 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 7% 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 Colorado Technical University - Colorado Springs is $42,200 during the early years of their career.

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The excellent diversity at Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts-Boulder helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in the Rocky Mountains Region . Located in Boulder, Colorado, AESCA - Boulder is a small private for-profit school.

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#5

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Out of the 131 schools in the Rocky Mountains Region that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, University of Denver landed the #5 spot on the list. U of Denver is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Denver, Colorado. It awarded 1,626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 50% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity. During the early years of their career, graduates from U of Denver make an average of $56,500 a year.

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Johnson & Wales University - Denver landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. JWU Denver is located in Denver, Colorado and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 174 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from JWU Denver make an average of $38,800 a year.

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#7

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado

University of Colorado Boulder ranked #7 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Boulder, Colorado is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,744 students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from CU - Boulder make an average of $50,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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Brigham Young University - Provo landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. BYU is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Provo, Utah. It awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from BYU make an average of $59,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#9

University of Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

University of Utah ranked #9 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the large , public school handed out 5,236 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 48% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from U of U go into careers with an average salary of $53,000.

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#10

Colorado State University - Fort Collins

Fort Collins, Colorado

With a ranking of #10, Colorado State University - Fort Collins did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Fort Collins, Colorado is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,498 students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State go into careers with an average salary of $47,100.

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If you crave a diverse college experience, CU Anschutz, coming in at #11 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This large , public school is located in Denver, Colorado, and it awarded 2,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 31% 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 CU Anschutz make an average of $56,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#12

Nazarene Bible College

Colorado Springs, Colorado

With a ranking of #12, Nazarene Bible College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Colorado Springs, Colorado is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 64 students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 5% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Nazarene Bible College make an average of $29,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, Utah

Western Governors University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Salt Lake City, Utah, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 20,211 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from WGU make an average of $41,900 a year.

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#14

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs, Colorado

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ranked #14 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region list. University of Colorado at Colorado Springs is a fairly large public school located in Colorado Springs, Colorado that handed out 1,948 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 51% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UCCS make an average of $43,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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Coming in at #15 for 2021 overall diversity in the Rocky Mountains Region is Colorado State University - Pueblo. Colorado State University - Pueblo is located in Pueblo, Colorado and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 749 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 38% 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 $37,500 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Adams State University

Alamosa, Colorado

Adams State University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Alamosa, Colorado, the small , public school awarded 349 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 32% 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 Adams State is $35,200 during the early years of their career.

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#17

United States Air Force Academy

USAF Academy, Colorado

If you crave a diverse college experience, USAFA, coming in at #17 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. USAFA is located in USAF Academy, Colorado and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,019 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

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#18

University of Wyoming

Laramie, Wyoming

University of Wyoming ranked #18 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Located in Laramie, Wyoming, the fairly large , public school awarded 2,387 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 57% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $47,300 during the early years of their career.

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#19

Independence University

Salt Lake City, Utah

Independence University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. This fairly large , private not-for-profit school is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, and it awarded 432 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 17% 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 Branch of Stevens-Henager College is $28,800 during the early years of their career.

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Brigham Young University - Idaho came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Located in Rexburg, Idaho, the large , private not-for-profit school awarded 5,537 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 38% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $42,700 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Regis University

Denver, Colorado

Regis University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. Regis University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Denver, Colorado that handed out 952 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 26% 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 Regis U make an average of $56,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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#22

Lamar Community College

Lamar, Colorado

Lamar Community College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region ranking. LCC is a small public school located in Lamar, Colorado.

During the early years of their career, graduates from LCC make an average of $28,400 a year.

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#23

Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, Colorado

With a ranking of #23, Colorado Mesa University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region list. Colorado Mesa is a public institution located in Grand Junction, Colorado. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,189 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 62% 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 Colorado Mesa is $36,800 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, Colorado

With a ranking of #24, Colorado Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Rocky Mountains Region list. CCU is located in Lakewood, Colorado and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 730 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 23% 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 CCU go into careers with an average salary of $39,300.

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#25

Rocky Mountain College

Billings, Montana

If you crave a diverse college experience, Rocky, coming in at #25 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Rocky is located in Billings, Montana and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 245 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Rocky make an average of $38,800 a year.

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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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