Before we start listing the most diverse colleges in California let’s try to define the term “diversity” and its meaning in this context. In this article, we will be talking about diversity in terms of human behavior at universities and colleges. When we say that a college is diverse, it means that this college welcomes all the students who fulfill the acceptance criteria independently of their determination in terms of gender, age, religion, and race, different kinds of disabilities, economic status or cultural background. Their management works really hard in order to develop new approaches and strategies which will maintain the positive attitude and prevent people from being excluded from these small communities due to previously mentioned reasons.

Our Criteria

The initial idea was to find out which colleges are the most successful when it comes to promoting students’ diversity. We have read a lot about U.S. colleges and we have realized that California has the most tolerant universities in the States so this is the reason we have chosen to write an article about them. We gathered the information about the students’ diversity in terms of socio-economic, ethnic, racial and gender determination for each college and calculated the percentage of admitted students for each category.  Here are the results.

The List of the Most Diverse Colleges in California

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Stanford University is one of the world’s most respected universities that has the reputation of a rigorous academic institution. This is the elite private school where you can apply for Computer Science, Biology, Engineering, and other programs. Although people may not expect it, this is one of the colleges that promotes diversity in all its aspects and their Diversity and Access Office, Institute for Gender Research, and Center on Poverty and Inequality prove that. The acceptance rate at Stanford is only 5% and tuition costs approximately $16,000 per year.

University of California, Los Angeles, CA

Also known as UCLA, this public university is the true mixture of different academic and research programs (Political Science, Economics, Psychology, etc.) as well as different types of people. UCLA supports the work of many Centers and Offices engaged in preserving the rights and equality of people of all races, nationalities, genders, etc. Its acceptance rate is 18% and the annual fee is approximately $14,000.

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

USC is the oldest private academic institution in the U.S. and it has a good reputation. At the school, you can apply for a variety of programs such as Business Administration and Management, Biology or Communications. It gathers students from all over the world and it has LGBT Resource Center. The acceptance rate is 47% and the annual fee is approximately $24,000.

University of California, Berkeley, CA

As one of the oldest public universities, UC Berkeley has numerous academic programs students can apply for and get different degrees. Its programs are related to business, law, engineering, chemistry, and environmental design. This institution promotes human rights, activism, and educational justice. Their acceptance rate is 17% and the annual tuition fee is approximately $17,000.

University of California, Santa Barbara, CA

UC Santa Barbara is a multicultural public university that promotes equality and diversity through the activity of Equal Opportunity and Discrimination Prevention Office. It offers more than 200 programs such as Economics, Sociology, and Experimental Psychology. The acceptance rate is 82% and the annual fee is approximately $15,000.

University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

As a 163-year-old private Jesuit school located in one of the American cities best known for its diversity, University of San Francisco offers great opportunities to the students not only in terms of academic programs (Biology, Behavioral Health, Catholic Educational Leadership, Computer Science, etc.) and degrees but also in terms of good social life, employment, etc. The acceptance rate is 71% while the annual fee is approximately $35,000.

University of California, Davis, CA

As a big university in a small town, UC Davis gathers students off all races, genders, and ethnicities. It offers more than 200 programs such as economics, biotechnology, anthropology as well as linguistics, philosophy, and music. It supports multiculturality and human rights with the help of the Office of Student and Resident Diversity. The acceptance rate is only 9% and the tuition price is approximately $30,000.

University of California, Santa Cruz, CA

Founded in 1965, UC Santa Cruz promotes diversity with the help of Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion that supports the students of all nationalities, genders, and races. The school offers many academic programs (Psychology, Sociology, Computer Science, etc.). The acceptance rate is 58% while the tuition is approximately $16,000.

University of California, San Diego, CA

UC San Diego is one of the famous public institutes that encourages creativity and cooperation among students. Students can apply for different programs such as Economics, Computer Science, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, etc. The acceptance rate is 36% and the annual tuition is approximately $43,000.

University of California, Irvine, CA

UC Irvine is another public university located in the Los Angeles area. It offers more than 190 programs related to law, business, science, engineering or education. It is committed to promoting diversity and this is why it has Office for Exclusive Excellence, Office of Equity, Opportunity, and Diversity and the Advisory Council on Campus Climate, Culture, and Inclusion. Its acceptance rate is 41% and the annual tuition is approximately $13,000.

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