Written By Gregory Fischbach

February 04, 2022
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HPU was ranked the most diverse school in the U.S, according to a recent ranking analysis conducted by . HPU reached the top spot out of 100 ranked schools,making HPU “the most evenly divided demographic composition of any accredited school with over 1,000 students,” using the Herfindahl-Hirschman Index (HHI).

The ranking is HPU’s latest recognition of its diversity, joining the ranking by the Chronicle of Higher Education almanac as the most diverse 4-year private non-profit institution in the U.S., and according to HPU is among the top 1% of most diverse universities in the U.S. analyzed student body demographic data that was provided by the Department of Education. The HHI method used this data to calculate several measures of diversity, such as competitiveness of an industry or the biodiversity of an ecosystem.

It’s worth noting that there are many different ways of calculating diversity,” stated Thomas Short of “ This method looks at whether a school’s student population is evenly balanced among demographics versus dominated by one specific group. To make this analysis tractable, we only looked at the top 100 schools as ranked by was established in 1996 and is considered to be one of the most trusted sources for information on college life and experience, “used by millions of people to make informed decisions about their education,” according to their website. 

The top 10 most diverse schools in the U.S., as listed on are:

1.  Hawai‘i Pacific University
2. Highline College
3. New York Institute of Technology
4. Seattle Central College
5. Berkeley City College
6. New York University
7. Chaminade University of Honolulu
8. Andrews University
9. Stony Brook University
10. Rutgers University Newark

Established in 1965, HPU is home to over 4,500 students from all 50 United States, U.S. territories, and nearly 65 countries.  

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