WSJ Ranks North Miami Campus First in Diversity in the South


Story by Robyn Hankerson , on Aug 1, 2017 1:42 PM

Known for its year-round tropical climate and unique cultural flare, the North Miami Campus now has a new distinction: It leads in diversity among colleges and universities in the south. According to The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)/Times Higher Education (THE) College Rankings, the campus was also recognized as third in diversity nationwide.

“This is truly a testament to the rich culture of our campus and how we embrace those who are culturally and ethnically different,” says Larry Rice, EdD, '90, president of the North Miami Campus. “Our focus has always been on creating an inclusive campus community and we are excited to know that our efforts have garnered this distinction.”

According to WSJ and THE, a college’s environment comprises “several measures of diversity, including the racial and ethnic mix of students and faculty; the number of international students; and the number of students from less-fortunate backgrounds.”

This is evidenced by the North Miami Campus’ diverse population of students representing nearly 40 countries, including the Bahamas, People’s Republic of China and Argentina. The campus also welcomes students from various socioeconomic backgrounds, with 95 percent of all students receiving financial aid. Diverse events, such as the Cultural Catwalk fashion show as well as Cinco de Mayo and Black History Month celebrations, offer cultural and educational experiences for students.

According to President Rice, “We are proud that students have an opportunity to thrive in a diverse environment that provides them with rich experiences that will be helpful when they transition into the workplace.”