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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida

162 Colleges
$43,092 Avg Salary*
41% 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 Florida schools that value diversity.

We analyzed 162 colleges and universities across Florida 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.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Florida

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#1

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida

University of Miami tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in Florida. This fairly large , private not-for-profit school is located in Coral Gables, Florida, and it awarded 3,118 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

About 12.29% of the students are international. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from U Miami go into careers with an average salary of $60,100.

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#2

Everglades University

Boca Raton, Florida

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Everglades University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida list. Everglades U is a private not-for-profit institution located in Boca Raton, Florida. The school has a small population, and it awarded 353 bachelor’s degrees 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 Everglades U go into careers with an average salary of $42,100.

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#3

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Lynn University. The school came in at #3 in Florida on this year’s diversity ranking. Located in Boca Raton, Florida, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 449 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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.

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#4

Southeastern University

Lakeland, Florida

Out of the 162 schools in Florida that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Southeastern University landed the #4 spot on the list. SEU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lakeland, Florida. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 860 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 53% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from SEU go into careers with an average salary of $34,800.

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#5

Full Sail University

Winter Park, Florida

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Full Sail University. The school came in at #5 in Florida on this year’s diversity ranking. Full Sail University is a private for-profit institution located in Winter Park, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 3,255 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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#6

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida

If you crave a diverse college experience, U of Tampa, coming in at #6 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. U of Tampa is a private not-for-profit institution located in Tampa, Florida. The school has a medium-sized population, 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.

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If you crave a diverse college experience, USF Tampa, coming in at #7 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. USF Tampa is a public institution located in Tampa, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 8,684 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 52% 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 USF Tampa go into careers with an average salary of $43,500.

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#8

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida

University of Florida did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Gainesville, Florida, the large , public school handed out 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from U of F make an average of $56,000 a year.

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#9

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria, Florida

With a ranking of #9, Ave Maria University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida list. Located in Ave Maria, Florida, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 261 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from AMU make an average of $32,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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#10

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking. Jacksonville, Florida is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 762 students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 42% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from JU make an average of $50,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#11

University of Central Florida

Orlando, Florida

University of Central Florida did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Orlando, Florida, the large , public school awarded 14,087 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from UCF is $45,400 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Florida Atlantic University

Boca Raton, Florida

Florida Atlantic University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking. FAU is located in Boca Raton, Florida and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,855 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 51% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $43,200 during the early years of their career.

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#13

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida

Saint Leo University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #13. St. Leo University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Leo, Florida. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,050 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 19% 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 St. Leo University make an average of $43,800 per year during the early years of their career.

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Coming in at #14 for 2021 overall diversity in Florida is JWU North Miami. Located in North Miami, Florida, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 227 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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

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Coming in at #15 for 2021 overall diversity in Florida is Ringling College. Ringling College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Sarasota, Florida. It awarded 298 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

16.34% of the students come from out of the country. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $33,200 during the early years of their career.

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#16

Florida College

Temple Terrace, Florida

Florida College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #16. Florida College is located in Temple Terrace, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 67 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Florida College make an average of $39,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#17

Barry University

Miami, Florida

With a ranking of #17, Barry University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida list. Barry University is located in Miami, Florida and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 697 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 27% 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 $45,800 during the early years of their career.

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#18

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

If you crave a diverse college experience, Nova Southeastern University, coming in at #18 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Nova Southeastern University is a large private not-for-profit school located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that handed out 1,108 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 21% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Nova Southeastern University make an average of $45,300 a year.

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#19

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida

If you crave a diverse college experience, Rollins, coming in at #19 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Rollins College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Winter Park, Florida that handed out 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 55% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Rollins go into careers with an average salary of $45,700.

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#20

Beacon College

Leesburg, Florida

Beacon College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking, coming in at #20. Beacon is located in Leesburg, Florida and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 58 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

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#21

Stetson University

DeLand, Florida

If you crave a diverse college experience, Stetson, coming in at #21 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Stetson is a small private not-for-profit school situated in DeLand, Florida. It awarded 799 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $43,200 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida

Florida State University came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking. Located in Tallahassee, Florida, the large , public school awarded 9,688 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Florida State make an average of $46,400 a year.

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#23

Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, Florida

Florida Gulf Coast University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking. FGCU is a fairly large public school situated in Fort Myers, Florida. It awarded 3,100 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from FGCU make an average of $42,100 a year.

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#24

DeVry University - Florida

Miramar, Florida

DeVry University - Florida came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking. Located in Miramar, Florida, the small , private for-profit school awarded 158 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 6% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from DeVry University - Florida make an average of $44,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#25

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Florida ranking. This fairly large , private not-for-profit school is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and it awarded 1,478 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. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $31,100 during the early years of their career.

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Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
26 Trinity College of Florida Trinity, FL
27 Tallahassee Community College Tallahassee, FL
28 Palm Beach Atlantic University West Palm Beach, FL
29 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
30 Eckerd College Saint Petersburg, FL
31 Florida Keys Community College Key West, FL
32 Santa Fe College Gainesville, FL

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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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