The University of Houston is, once again, among the top national universities in the country for campus ethnic diversity. In new rankings released by U.S. News & World Report this week, UH was ranked the No. 2 most diverse university in the “national university” category.
Rutgers (Newark, New Jersey) came in at No. 1 for diversity. UH shares the No. 2 diversity ranking with Andrews University (Berrien Springs, Michigan), St. John’s University (Queens, New York) and University of Nevada—Las Vegas.
“UH continues to reflect the diversity of our city. We are proud to be a University where students of all racial and ethnic backgrounds come to pursue their higher education dreams,” said Richard Walker, UH vice president for student affairs and enrollment services. “In recent years, we have made great strides to become more nationally competitive while maintaining the affordability, diversity and local relevance that are part of our core values.”
In its methodology, the publication factors in “the total proportion of minority students, leaving out international students, and the overall mix of groups.” It relied upon data from the 2014-15 school year.
UH was also featured in several other categories. Overall, UH was ranked No. 105 among top public schools and No. 187 among national universities in the list of “2016 U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings.” In the other lists and statistics noted by the publication, UH was among the national universities with the most transfer students, ranking 7th nationally with 4,674 transfer students enrolled in fall 2014.
UH was noted for its economic diversity, measured by the percentage of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants. According to data collected from the U.S. Department of Education, 42 percent of UH undergraduates received a Pell Grant in 2013-14. UH was also among the “Best Colleges for Veterans” (No. 149).