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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri

85 Colleges
$44,400 Avg Salary*
34% 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 Missouri.

We analyzed 85 colleges and universities across Missouri 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 Missouri

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#1

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

Washington University in St Louis tops this year’s ranking as the most diverse school in Missouri. WUSTL is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. It awarded 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 52% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from WUSTL go into careers with an average salary of $70,100.

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#2

Missouri Valley College

Marshall, Missouri

Out of the 85 schools in Missouri that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Missouri Valley College landed the #2 spot on the list. Missouri Valley College is located in Marshall, Missouri and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 221 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

A significant number of the students are international, about 10.91% of the student body. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Missouri Valley College is $34,000 during the early years of their career.

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#3

Park University

Parkville, Missouri

You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Park University. The school came in at #3 in Missouri on this year’s diversity ranking. Parkville, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,797 students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 19% 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 $45,900 during the early years of their career.

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The excellent diversity at American Business and Technology University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Missouri. This small , private for-profit school is located in St Joseph, Missouri, and it awarded 21 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Roughly 22% of the students fall into a traditional age range, meaning this school has higher than average age diversity.

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#5

Columbia College

Columbia, Missouri

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Columbia College. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri list. Columbia College Missouri is located in Columbia, Missouri and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,323 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 19% 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 Columbia College Missouri go into careers with an average salary of $38,300.

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#6

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri ranking, coming in at #6. Saint Charles, Missouri is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,829 students in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 42% falling into the traditional age range. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Lindenwood University go into careers with an average salary of $41,300.

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#7

Culver - Stockton College

Canton, Missouri

Culver - Stockton College ranked #7 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri list. Culver - Stockton is a private not-for-profit institution located in Canton, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 213 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Culver - Stockton is $36,600 during the early years of their career.

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With a ranking of #8, Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri list. A small institution, Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City is private for-profit.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Pinnacle Career Institute-South Kansas City make an average of $25,000 a year.

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#9

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Saint Louis University came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri ranking. SLU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,867 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 48% 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 $56,500 during the early years of their career.

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#10

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

University of Missouri - Kansas City ranked #10 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri list. UMKC is located in Kansas City, Missouri and has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,827 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 39% 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 $45,700 during the early years of their career.

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#11

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri

If you crave a diverse college experience, Webster, coming in at #11 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the medium-sized , private not-for-profit school handed out 724 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 16% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Webster is $42,300 during the early years of their career.

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#12

Avila University

Kansas City, Missouri

Coming in at #12 for 2021 overall diversity in Missouri is Avila. Avila University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Kansas City, Missouri that handed out 256 bachelor’s degrees 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 $44,100 during the early years of their career.

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#13

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

University of Missouri - Columbia did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri ranking, coming in at #13. Located in Columbia, Missouri, the large , public school awarded 6,314 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Mizzou go into careers with an average salary of $48,300.

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#14

Calvary University

Kansas City, Missouri

Calvary University ranked #14 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri list. Kansas City, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 33 students 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 Calvary make an average of $36,800 a year.

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#15

Baptist Bible College

Springfield, Missouri

Baptist Bible College landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri ranking. Springfield, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 51 students in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Baptist Bible College make an average of $29,000 a year.

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#16

Ozark Christian College

Joplin, Missouri

Ozark Christian College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri ranking. Located in Joplin, Missouri, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Ozark Christian College make an average of $30,500 a year.

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Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri ranking, coming in at #17. Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Fayette, Missouri. It awarded 246 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences go into careers with an average salary of $35,400.

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#18

Evangel University

Springfield, Missouri

Evangel University did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri ranking, coming in at #18. Evangel is located in Springfield, Missouri and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 372 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Roughly 64% 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 Evangel go into careers with an average salary of $35,800.

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#19

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

With a ranking of #19, University of Missouri - St Louis did quite well on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri list. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large , public school handed out 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 26% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $42,900 during the early years of their career.

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If you crave a diverse college experience, Central Christian College of the Bible, coming in at #20 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Moberly, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 41 students in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $29,700 during the early years of their career.

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#21

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri

Rockhurst University ranked #21 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri list. Rockhurst is a private not-for-profit institution located in Kansas City, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 463 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. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Rockhurst is $50,800 during the early years of their career.

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#22

St Louis College of Pharmacy

Saint Louis, Missouri

If you crave a diverse college experience, St Louis College of Pharmacy, coming in at #22 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. St Louis College of Pharmacy is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 161 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from St Louis College of Pharmacy make an average of $124,100 per year during the early years of their career.

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#23

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

Coming in at #23 for 2021 overall diversity in Missouri is William Jewell. William Jewell is a private not-for-profit institution located in Liberty, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from William Jewell is $45,700 during the early years of their career.

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#24

Logan University

Chesterfield, Missouri

Logan University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri ranking. This small , private not-for-profit school is located in Chesterfield, Missouri, and it awarded 47 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Logan University make an average of $45,400 a year.

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#25

Lincoln University

Jefferson City, Missouri

Lincoln University ranked #25 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Missouri list. Jefferson City, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 375 students in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 59% 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 LU Missouri is $31,400 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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