Stony Brook University has placed seventh on a nationwide list of the most diverse campuses in the country. BestColleges.com, an online resource analyzing trends in higher education, used data from the Department of Education in partnership with data studio Priceonomics to rank top colleges and universities according to racial and ethnic diversity. The level of diversity was classified using the Herfindahl–Hirschman Index (HHI), a calculation that measures diversity in a variety of settings.
Of universities ranked in the top 100 for academics by U.S. News and World Report, Stony Brook placed seventh, the highest ranking for any SUNY institution.
Five racial/ethnic categories were used to quantify diversity, as identified in the government’s College Scorecard data: White, Black, Hispanic, Asian and Other.
Bestcolleges.com found that larger universities tended to have more diverse campuses than smaller colleges, and the very best schools tended to be particularly diverse.