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UMass Boston Third Most Diverse College in U.S., Report Finds

02/14/2020| Office of Communications

24/7 Wall St. reviewed U.S. Department of Education data and determined that UMass Boston is the third most diverse four-year college in the United States. The authors of the report, published in USA Today, note that UMass Boston also costs far less than most other schools on the list.

A diverse group of UMass Boston students in front of the sign outside the dorms
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The University Is Greater Value Than Other Schools on List, Authors Say

“In a world where diversity matters —in education, to the business community, and to the nation itself—UMass Boston is the place to find it,” Interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said. “24/7 Wall Street has recognized UMass Boston as the most affordable campus in the country on its list of the top diverse universities. Bravo to UMass Boston!” 

To make this list, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System for the fall 2018 school semester. The rankings are based on the chance that two randomly selected students would have a different racial or ethnic background, or different U.S. citizenship status. Across all undergraduates nationwide, such a likelihood is about 69.6 percent. Among the schools on the list, the likelihood ranges 77.9 percent to 83.2 percent.

The report authors note that UMass Boston is the only large four-year public school in America in which there is a greater than 80 percent chance that two randomly selected students would have a different race, ethnicity, or U.S. citizenship status. They also note that at an average cost of $21,777, UMass Boston costs far less than most other schools on this list to attend.

Three other New England schools made the list of 25 diverse schools: Boston University (No. 24), Wellesley College (No. 17), and MCPHS University (No. 16).

About UMass Boston
The University of Massachusetts Boston is deeply rooted in the city's history, yet poised to address the challenges of the future. Recognized for innovative research, metropolitan Boston’s public university offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. UMass Boston’s 10 colleges and graduate schools serve 16,000 students while engaging local and global constituents through academic programs, research centers, and public service. To learn more, visit