Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Find Schools Near

2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region

913 Colleges
$52,326 Avg Salary*
50% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

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

We analyzed 913 colleges and universities across the Southeast Region to determine which were the most diverse. The four factors we consider to determine overall diversity includes: race and ethnicity of the students, location of origin, age, and male to female ratio.

Learn more about our ranking methodology.

One Size Does Not Fit All

To further customize your search, try narrowing your list by location. You can also check out rankings for racial-ethnic diversity, male/female diversity, or geographic diversity. Or explore other college rankings that prioritize different factors.

One of our other unique offerings is College Combat. This tool lets you build your own customized comparisons utilizing the factors that are most important to you. If you're torn between two schools, you can use it to help you see how they stack up against one another!

Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region

Learn more about these excellent schools below:

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt University tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in the Southeast Region . Vanderbilt is located in Nashville, Tennessee and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,280 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt is $69,000 during the early years of their career.

Read More…

Request Information
#2

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

The excellent diversity at Duke University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in the Southeast Region . Duke University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Durham, North Carolina that handed out 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 48% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Duke make an average of $84,400 a year.

Read More…

Request Information
#3

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend University of Miami. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region list. Located in Coral Gables, Florida, the fairly large , private not-for-profit school awarded 3,118 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 12.29% of the student body. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from U Miami make an average of $60,100 per year during the early years of their career.

Full University of Miami Report

Request Information

The excellent diversity at Emory University-Oxford College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in the Southeast Region . A small institution, Emory University-Oxford College is private not-for-profit.

Read More…

Request Information
#5

Southern Adventist University

Collegedale, Tennessee

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Southern Adventist University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Collegedale, Tennessee, and it awarded 511 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 64% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $38,500 during the early years of their career.

Read More…

Request Information
#6

Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia

Emory University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking. This fairly large , private not-for-profit school is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and it awarded 2,598 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 18.19% of the students are international. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Emory go into careers with an average salary of $66,000.

Read More…

Request Information
#7

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

If you crave a diverse college experience, GMU, coming in at #7 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, the large , public school awarded 5,866 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 48% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $59,900 during the early years of their career.

Read More…

Request Information
#8

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia

If you crave a diverse college experience, U of Richmond, coming in at #8 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit institution located in University of Richmond, Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 10.28% of the student body. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from U of Richmond make an average of $64,500 per year during the early years of their career.

Read More…

Request Information
#9

Everglades University

Boca Raton, Florida

With a ranking of #9, Everglades University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Boca Raton, Florida, and it awarded 353 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 8% 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 Everglades U make an average of $42,100 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Everglades University Report

Request Information
#10

American Public University System

Charles Town, West Virginia

American Public University System came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Charles Town, West Virginia, the large , private for-profit school awarded 5,873 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 8% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from American Military University go into careers with an average salary of $62,400.

Full American Public University System Report

Request Information
#11

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn University ranked #11 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region list. Lynn University Fighting Knights is located in Boca Raton, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 449 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

A significant number of the students are international, about 15.9% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Lynn University Fighting Knights is $39,300 during the early years of their career.

Read full report on Lynn University

Request Information
#12

Davidson College

Davidson, North Carolina

Davidson College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking. Davidson is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Davidson, North Carolina. It awarded 560 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Davidson is $58,900 during the early years of their career.

Full Davidson College Report

Request Information
#13

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Wake Forest University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #13. This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and it awarded 1,431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

11.41% of the students come from out of the country. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University make an average of $63,800 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Wake Forest University Report

Request Information
#14

Salem International University

Salem, West Virginia

Salem International University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #14. Salem International University is a private for-profit institution located in Salem, West Virginia. The school has a small population, and it awarded 124 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 35% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Salem International University is $28,900 during the early years of their career.

Read full report on Salem International University

Request Information
#15

Southeastern University

Lakeland, Florida

Southeastern University ranked #15 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region list. SEU is located in Lakeland, Florida and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 860 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 53% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SEU is $34,800 during the early years of their career.

Full Southeastern University Report

Request Information
#16

Tulane University of Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Tulane University of Louisiana did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #16. Tulane University of Louisiana is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in New Orleans, Louisiana that handed out 2,417 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 59% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Tulane go into careers with an average salary of $61,700.

Read More…

Request Information
#17

Life University

Marietta, Georgia

Coming in at #17 for 2021 overall diversity in the Southeast Region is Life. Located in Marietta, Georgia, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 144 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Life go into careers with an average salary of $35,600.

Full Life University Report

Request Information
#18

Liberty University

Lynchburg, Virginia

Liberty University landed the #18 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, the large , private not-for-profit school handed out 9,140 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 24% 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 Liberty University make an average of $36,700 a year.

Full Liberty University Report

Request Information
#19

Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

Washington and Lee University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Lexington, Virginia, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 564 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee go into careers with an average salary of $76,100.

Full Washington and Lee University Report

Request Information
#20

Southern Virginia University

Buena Vista, Virginia

Coming in at #20 for 2021 overall diversity in the Southeast Region is SVU. Southern Virginia University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Buena Vista, Virginia that handed out 168 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from SVU make an average of $36,000 a year.

Full Southern Virginia University Report

Request Information
#21

Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama

Columbia Southern University came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking. Columbia Southern University is a large private for-profit school situated in Orange Beach, Alabama. It awarded 3,339 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Read More…

Request Information
#22

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee

Rhodes College came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking. Memphis, Tennessee is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 561 students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College make an average of $53,600 per year during the early years of their career.

Full Rhodes College Report

Request Information
#23

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida

Full Sail University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region ranking. Located in Winter Park, Florida, the large , private for-profit school awarded 3,255 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 36% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Full Sail University make an average of $39,300 a year.

Full Full Sail University Report

Request Information
#24

Georgia State University

Atlanta, Georgia

If you crave a diverse college experience, Georgia State, coming in at #24 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This large , public school is located in Atlanta, Georgia, and it awarded 5,196 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 55% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State go into careers with an average salary of $43,300.

Full Georgia State University Report

Request Information
#25

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

With a ranking of #25, The University of Tampa did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in the Southeast Region list. This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Tampa, Florida, and it awarded 1,775 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from U of Tampa go into careers with an average salary of $48,600.

Read More…

Request Information

Rest of the Top 50 Most Diverse Schools in the Southeast 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

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
#27

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia
#28

Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana
#29

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina
#31

St. Andrews University

Laurinburg, North Carolina
#32

Visible Music College

Memphis, Tennessee
#34

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tennessee
#35

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
#36

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, Florida
#37

Regent University

Virginia Beach, Virginia
#38

The University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
#39

Berea College

Berea, Kentucky
#40

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida
#41

College of William and Mary

Williamsburg, Virginia
#42

University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
#43

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida
#44

University of the Ozarks

Clarksville, Arkansas
#45

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida
#46

Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, Virginia
#47

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, Mississippi
#48

Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina
#49

Mid - South Christian College

Memphis, Tennessee
#50

University of New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

View Most Diverse Colleges Nationwide >

Rest of the Top 15% Most Diverse Schools in the Southeast Region

To learn more about the schools below, just click on their names:

Rank College Location
51 Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
52 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, FL
53 Sewanee - The University of the South Sewanee, TN
54 Marymount University Arlington, VA
55 Methodist University Fayetteville, NC
56 Guilford College Greensboro, NC
57 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
58 Belmont Abbey College Belmont, NC
59 ECPI University Virginia Beach, VA
60 Johnson & Wales University - North Miami North Miami, FL
61 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
62 Ringling College of Art and Design Sarasota, FL
63 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
64 Florida College Temple Terrace, FL
65 Bob Jones University Greenville, SC
Rank College Location
66 Barry University Miami, FL
67 Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, WV
68 University of Mississippi University, MS
69 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL
70 Rollins College Winter Park, FL
71 Beacon College Leesburg, FL
72 University of Management and Technology Arlington, VA
73 High Point University High Point, NC
74 Bethany College West Virginia Bethany, WV
75 Clemson University Clemson, SC
76 Stetson University DeLand, FL
77 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, NC
78 Hendrix College Conway, AR
79 William Peace University Raleigh, NC
80 Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
81 Harding University Searcy, AR
82 Centre College Danville, KY
83 Elon University Elon, NC
84 Montreat College Montreat, NC
85 Georgia State University-Perimeter College Atlanta, GA
86 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
87 Huntingdon College Montgomery, AL
88 Ecclesia College Springdale, AR
89 Florida Gulf Coast University Fort Myers, FL
90 Point University West Point, GA
Rank College Location
91 Covenant College Lookout Mountain, GA
92 West Virginia University Morgantown, WV
93 Grace College of Divinity Fayetteville, NC
94 Columbia International University Columbia, SC
95 Bluefield College Bluefield, VA
96 Ohio Valley University Vienna, WV
97 Wheeling Jesuit University Wheeling, WV
98 Auburn University Auburn, AL
99 Wave Leadership College Virginia Beach, VA
100 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knoxville, TN
101 Furman University Greenville, SC
102 Oglethorpe University Atlanta, GA
103 University of Georgia Athens, GA
104 University of Louisville Louisville, KY
105 University of Kentucky Lexington, KY
106 Centenary College of Louisiana Shreveport, LA
107 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
108 Millsaps College Jackson, MS
109 DeVry University - Florida Miramar, FL
110 Middle Georgia State University Macon, GA
111 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
112 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
113 Tidewater Community College Norfolk, VA
114 Kentucky State University Frankfort, KY
115 Piedmont International University Winston-Salem, NC
Rank College Location
116 Brevard College Brevard, NC
117 Averett University Danville, VA
118 Chowan University Murfreesboro, NC
119 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, TN
120 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, NC
121 Coker College Hartsville, SC
122 North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC
123 Trinity College of Florida Trinity, FL
124 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL
125 Limestone College Gaffney, SC
126 Johnson & Wales University - Charlotte Charlotte, NC
127 Emmanuel College Georgia Franklin Springs, GA
128 Greensboro College Greensboro, NC
129 Belmont University Nashville, TN
130 Georgia Southern University Statesboro, GA
131 Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL
132 Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA
133 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
134 Catawba College Salisbury, NC
135 Bethel University McKenzie, TN
136 Eckerd College Saint Petersburg, FL

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
137 Florida Keys Community College Key West, FL
138 Virginia Wesleyan University Virginia Beach, VA
139 Talladega College Talladega, AL
140 University of Memphis Memphis, TN
141 Emory and Henry College Emory, VA
142 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
143 Tusculum College Greeneville, TN
144 Mid - Atlantic Christian University Elizabeth City, NC
145 Wake Technical Community College Raleigh, NC
146 North Carolina Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, NC
147 Wingate University Wingate, NC
148 Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, NC
149 University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, AL
150 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL
151 Thomas University Thomasville, GA
Rank College Location
152 Lyon College Batesville, AR
153 Mars Hill University Mars Hill, NC
154 Virginia Baptist College Fredericksburg, VA
155 Ferrum College Ferrum, VA
156 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
157 Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, VA
158 John Brown University Siloam Springs, AR
159 The Art Institute of Virginia Beach Virginia Beach, VA
160 Mercer University Macon, GA
161 Daymar College - Clarksville Clarksville, TN
162 Trevecca Nazarene University Nashville, TN
163 Presbyterian College Clinton, SC
164 Warner University Lake Wales, FL
165 Union College Kentucky Barbourville, KY
166 Hobe Sound Bible College Hobe Sound, FL
167 Shaw University Raleigh, NC
168 Wofford College Spartanburg, SC
169 Brewton - Parker College Mount Vernon, GA
170 Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, FL
171 College of Charleston Charleston, SC
Rank College Location
172 Belhaven University Jackson, MS
173 Georgia Highlands College Rome, GA
174 Central Piedmont Community College Charlotte, NC
175 Toccoa Falls College Toccoa Falls, GA
176 Shenandoah University Winchester, VA
177 Spring Hill College Mobile, AL
178 Barton College Wilson, NC
179 Lipscomb University Nashville, TN
180 Central Baptist College Conway, AR
181 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, TN
182 Erskine College Due West, SC

More Rankings >

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).

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You