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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky

56 Colleges
$36,525 Avg Salary*
32% 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 Kentucky.

We analyzed 56 colleges and universities across Kentucky 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 Kentucky

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#1

Berea College

Berea, Kentucky

Our analysis found Berea College to be the most diverse school in Kentucky in this year’s ranking. Berea is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Berea, Kentucky. It awarded 349 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Berea go into careers with an average salary of $33,700.

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#2

Centre College

Danville, Kentucky

Out of the 56 schools in Kentucky that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Centre College landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Danville, Kentucky, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 378 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Centre College of Kentucky make an average of $45,500 per year during the early years of their career.

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#3

University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend University of Louisville. The school came in at #3 in Kentucky on this year’s diversity ranking. This large , public school is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and it awarded 3,155 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 55% 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 U of L go into careers with an average salary of $41,800.

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#4

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

A rank of #4 on our Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky list means University of Kentucky is a great place for students who value diversity. University of Kentucky is a large public school located in Lexington, Kentucky that handed out 5,535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $45,100 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Kentucky State University

Frankfort, Kentucky

The excellent diversity at Kentucky State University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Kentucky. KY State is a public institution located in Frankfort, Kentucky. The school has a small population, and it awarded 212 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school is an HBCU (Historically Black College / University). Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from KY State go into careers with an average salary of $28,700.

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#6

Union College Kentucky

Barbourville, Kentucky

With a ranking of #6, Union College Kentucky did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky list. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Barbourville, Kentucky, and it awarded 241 bachelor’s degrees 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 $32,100 during the early years of their career.

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#7

Thomas More College

Crestview Hills, Kentucky

Thomas More College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky ranking. Located in Crestview Hills, Kentucky, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 51% 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 $49,400 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Kentucky Wesleyan College

Owensboro, Kentucky

If you crave a diverse college experience, Wesleyan, coming in at #8 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Owensboro, Kentucky, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 137 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $36,700 during the early years of their career.

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#9

Kentucky Christian University

Grayson, Kentucky

If you crave a diverse college experience, Kentucky Christian University, coming in at #9 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Grayson, Kentucky is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 105 students 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 Kentucky Christian University is $34,600 during the early years of their career.

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#10

Asbury University

Wilmore, Kentucky

If you crave a diverse college experience, Asbury, coming in at #10 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Asbury is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Wilmore, Kentucky. It awarded 314 bachelor’s degrees 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. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Asbury is $34,900 during the early years of their career.

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The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky ranking. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 83 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 20% falling into the traditional age range.

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#12

Georgetown College

Georgetown, Kentucky

If you crave a diverse college experience, Georgetown College, coming in at #12 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Georgetown, Kentucky, and it awarded 218 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $43,000 during the early years of their career.

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Jefferson Community and Technical College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky ranking. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, Jefferson Community and Technical College is a fairly large public school.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Jefferson Community and Technical College make an average of $28,800 a year.

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#14

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, Kentucky

Western Kentucky University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky ranking, coming in at #14. Bowling Green, Kentucky is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,158 students in 2018-2019.

Roughly 56% 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 WKU make an average of $34,700 per year during the early years of their career.

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#15

Hopkinsville Community College

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Coming in at #15 for 2021 overall diversity in Kentucky is Hopkinsville Community College. A small institution, Hopkinsville Community College is public.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Hopkinsville Community College go into careers with an average salary of $27,000.

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#16

Sullivan University

Louisville, Kentucky

Sullivan University ranked #16 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky list. Sullivan University is a private for-profit institution located in Louisville, Kentucky. The school has a small population, and it awarded 274 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 20% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Sullivan University is $31,400 during the early years of their career.

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#17

University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, Kentucky

University of the Cumberlands came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky ranking. Cumberland College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Williamsburg, Kentucky. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 600 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 18% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Cumberland College is $35,100 during the early years of their career.

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#18

University of Pikeville

Pikeville, Kentucky

Coming in at #18 for 2021 overall diversity in Kentucky is UPIKE. UPIKE is a private not-for-profit institution located in Pikeville, Kentucky. The school has a small population, and it awarded 203 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 46% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from UPIKE make an average of $31,100 a year.

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#19

Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, Kentucky

If you crave a diverse college experience, Campbellsville University, coming in at #19 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. This fairly large , private not-for-profit school is located in Campbellsville, Kentucky, and it awarded 409 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 10.7% of the student body. During the early years of their career, graduates from Campbellsville University make an average of $33,700 a year.

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#20

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

Murray State University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky ranking. Located in Murray, Kentucky, the medium-sized , public school awarded 1,611 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 58% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Murray State go into careers with an average salary of $37,100.

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#21

Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, Kentucky

Northern Kentucky University ranked #21 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky list. NKU is located in Highland Heights, Kentucky and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,197 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 54% falling into the traditional age range. 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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#22

Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky ranking, coming in at #22. Eastern is located in Richmond, Kentucky and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,737 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 56% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Eastern make an average of $36,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#23

Transylvania University

Lexington, Kentucky

Coming in at #23 for 2021 overall diversity in Kentucky is Transylvania. Transylvania is located in Lexington, Kentucky and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 272 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,100 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky

With a ranking of #24, Bellarmine University did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky list. Located in Louisville, Kentucky, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 690 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 61% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $45,700 during the early years of their career.

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#25

Lindsey Wilson College

Columbia, Kentucky

With a ranking of #25, Lindsey Wilson College did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Kentucky list. Located in Columbia, Kentucky, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 445 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 58% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Lindsey Wilson College make an average of $28,800 per year 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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