HPU leads in diversity among U.S. universities

August 07, 2013

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University has been ranked No. 1 in overall diversity nationwide by College Factual (, a new site that uses customizable outcomes-based tools and rankings systems to guide students through the college selection process. The rankings are based on the latest data in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics

College Factual's “overall diversity” ranking is based on ethnic, geographic and gender diversity of the student body. HPU’s ranking places it ahead of other notable schools in the top 10 including Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth College. HPU also ranks fifth in Ethnic Diversity and sixth in Geographic Diversity in College Factual’s rankings.

HPU was not the only Hawai‘i university scoring high marks for overall diversity. Chaminade University ranked second and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa was fourth, validating Hawai‘i’s reputation as a global gathering place. See

"HPU’s multi-cultural environment, with students from all over the world, creates a unique student experience at HPU," said Marites McKee, dean of Student Life at HPU. "We continue to attract a diverse student population where local, mainland and international students study and learn from each other, in a dynamic setting."

This latest recognition reflects the diverse nature of student body at HPU, the largest private university in the state of Hawai‘i. Located in the center of the Pacific Rim – the region with the fastest growing economies in the world – HPU provides education in an international setting. With students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries, HPU is one of the most culturally diverse universities in the world and is consistently recognized among the best educational institutions in the West. HPU is also recognized by The Institute for International Education as one of the top ten most diverse Master’s Level Institutions in the world.

“Rankings should identify key factors and help you develop questions to consider when choosing a college,” stated Bill Phelan, CEO of College Factual. “For many students and families, campus diversity is integral to the college experience. How ethnically diverse will the campus environment be? Do students attend the college from many different geographic locations and backgrounds? By answering these and other questions, we help you build your own personalized ranking list, which is the ultimate goal in any college selection process.”

Learn more about Hawai‘i Pacific’s unique student body at

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