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 Louisiana, 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 Louisiana? After running the numbers on 24 colleges and universities, we landed on Loyola University New Orleans as the most diverse college in Louisiana.
Here's the set of the top ten most diverse colleges in Louisiana for 2020.
If you're looking to meet people from all different backgrounds be sure to add Loyola University New Orleans 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 Louisiana.
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 24 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 Loyola University New Orleans or University of New Orleans.
Location: New Orleans, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,688
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,725
Loyola University New Orleans is a private, co-educational, Jesuit university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Originally established as Loyola College in 1904, the institution was chartered as a university in 1912. It bears the name of the Jesuit founder, Saint Ignatius of Loyola. Loyola is one of 28 member institutions that make up the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and, with its current enrollment of approximately 5000 students, is among the mid-sized Jesuit universities in the United States. Loyola University New Orleans is ranked as the tenth best institution among Southern regional universities offering masters and undergraduate degrees in the 2017 issue of the annual America's Best Colleges issue and guidebook published by U.S. News & World Report. The Princeton Review also features Loyola University New Orleans in the most recent editions of its annual book, The Best 371 Colleges. In the past, the school has been called Loyola of the South, Loyola New Orleans, Loyola University, New Orleans, and Loyola University of New Orleans.
Location: New Orleans, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 12,260
Diversity Index (HHI): 3,812
The University of New Orleans, often referred to locally as UNO, is a medium-sized, metropolitan, public research university located on the New Orleans lakefront within New Orleans, Louisiana, United States. It is a member of the University of Louisiana System and the Urban 13 association.
Location: New Orleans, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,151
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,113
The University of Holy Cross is a liberal arts college in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Location: Natchitoches, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 8,270
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,239
Northwestern State University of Louisiana is a four-year public university primarily situated in Natchitoches, Louisiana, United States, with a nursing campus in Shreveport and general campuses in Leesville/Fort Polk and Alexandria. It is a part of the University of Louisiana System.
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,053
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,578
Our Lady of the Lake College is a private, independent Catholic institution located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States. It is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady, North American Province. It was started in 1923 as Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing to educate students to serve as health care providers. In 1995, a year after receiving full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as an associate degree-granting institution, the college was renamed Our Lady of the Lake College. SACS gave the College baccalaureate degree-granting authority in 1998, master's degree-granting authority in 2005, and doctoral degree granting beginning in 2015.
Location: Shreveport, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 3,422
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,599
Louisiana State University Shreveport is a branch institution of the Louisiana State University System located in Shreveport, Louisiana, and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school's athletic programs, nicknamed the Pilots, are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Red River Athletic Conference. Initially, a two-year college, LSUS has expanded into an internationally recognized institution with 21 undergraduate degree programs, a dozen master's degree programs, and more recently a Doctorate of Education in Leadership Studies. LSUS offers more than 70 extra-curricular organizations and it operates Red River Radio, a public radio network based in Shreveport.
Location: Hammond, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 12,916
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,760
Southeastern Louisiana University is a state-funded public university in Hammond, Louisiana, United States. It was founded in 1925 by Linus A. Sims, the principal of Hammond High School, as Hammond Junior College, located in a wing of the high school building. Sims succeeded in getting the campus moved to north Hammond in 1928, when it became known as Southeastern Louisiana College. It achieved university status in 1970.
Location: Shreveport, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 858
Diversity Index (HHI): 4,950
Centenary College of Louisiana is a private, four-year arts and sciences college located in Shreveport, Louisiana. The college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Location: Monroe, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 8,033
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,018
The University of Louisiana at Monroe is a coeducational public university in Monroe, Louisiana, United States, and part of the University of Louisiana System.
Location: Pineville, LA
# Of Undergraduates: 1,125
Diversity Index (HHI): 5,189
Louisiana College is a private institution of higher education located in Pineville, in the central portion of the U.S. state of Louisiana. Affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, it serves approximately 1,300 students. The college operates on a semester system along with two shorter summer terms. Although the college is affiliated with a group of Southern Baptist churches, which make up the membership of the Louisiana Baptist Convention, students need not be a member of that denomination to attend.
If you're looking at universities in Louisiana with the most diverse student bodies, this is an accurate list. Below is a complete list of every college and university in Louisiana 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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