Diversity is a hot topic right now. You can't watch the news or browse social media without hearing about equality.
And that's mostly because diversity's a good thing. You've heard the saying, "Diversity is the art of thinking independently together."
So we wanted to help prospective applicants understand what colleges in the will offer them a diverse experience.
A university campus is one of the most diverse places you'll find in Alaska, as people of all religions, gender preferences and races come together from all over the world to enrich their minds.
But where would we find the most diverse colleges in Alaska? After running the numbers on 4 colleges and universities, we landed on University of Alaska Anchorage as the most diverse college in Alaska.
Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in Alaska for 2020.
If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add University of Alaska Anchorage to your college visit road trip.
Read on for more about the colleges and the methodology behind the data.
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In order to run the only assessment on college diversity undertaken, we simply had to aggregate and then sort data on the racial profiles of each college and university in Alaska.
Here's what we looked at specifically in terms of the racial breakdown by percentage at each institution:
For most colleges, a significant portion of the student body was listed as "Unknown Race". We removed that from the calculation and only focused on the known races of students from the College Scorecard data.
We then calculated an HHI-score for each of the 4 schools based on the available data -- a statistical representation of diversity. The lower the score, the more diverse the campus.
So it looks like if you want to get the most diverse student experience, you need to contact admissions at University of Alaska Anchorage or Alaska Pacific University.
Location: Anchorage, AK
# Of Undergraduates: 14,161
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,920
The University of Alaska Anchorage is a public research university located in Anchorage, Alaska. UAA also administers four community campuses spread across Southcentral Alaska. These include Kenai Peninsula College, Kodiak College, Matanuska-Susitna College, and Prince William Sound College. Between the community campuses and the main Anchorage campus, over 20,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are currently enrolled at UAA. This makes it the largest institution of higher learning in the University of Alaska System, as well as the state.
Location: Anchorage, AK
# Of Undergraduates: 479
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,042
Alaska Pacific University is a small liberal arts and sciences college located in Anchorage, Alaska. Originally established as Alaska Methodist University in 1957, it was founded by Peter Gordon Gould. The main campus is located adjacent to the University of Alaska Anchorage and the Alaska Native Medical Center.
Location: Juneau, AK
# Of Undergraduates: 3,353
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,133
The University of Alaska Southeast is a public, four year university that is part of the University of Alaska System. The main campus is located in Juneau, Alaska and the university has extended campuses in Sitka and Ketchikan. The University of Alaska Southeast is abbreviated as UA Southeast, Alaska Southeast, or UAS.
UAS was established on July 1, 1987 with the restructuring and consolidation of the former University of Alaska Juneau, Ketchikan Community College, and Islands Community College (Sitka).
UAS is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Location: Fairbanks, AK
# Of Undergraduates: 6,359
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,144
The University of Alaska Fairbanks is a public research university in Fairbanks, Alaska, United States. It is a flagship campus of the University of Alaska System. UAF is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, and it also participates in the sun-grant program through Oregon State University. UAF was established in 1917 and opened for classes in 1922. UAF was originally named Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines and later as the University of Alaska from 1925 to 1975.
If you're looking at universities in Alaska with the most diverse student bodies, this is an accurate list. Below is a complete list of every college and university in Alaska with their diversity index score.
Hopefully, this is helpful for you as you weigh in on all factors while you decide on which institution to attend.
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