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Two Hawaii colleges among nation’s most diverse


The University of Hawaii at Hilo and UH Manoa are the second- and third-most ethnically diverse colleges in the U.S., according to a new report.

Swarthmore College, a traditionally African-American college in Pennsylvania, was ranked No. 1 for ethnic diversity by Best College Reviews.

The analysis was compiled from data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics and Diverse Issues in Higher Education, as well as from schools’ websites.

“For me, diversity is an important concept in my life,” said report author Nick Plato, in a statement. “I thought it important to find schools with intentional mission to be diverse that would serve young people in their search for a college to call home.”

Several schools popular with Hawaii students are on the list, including some in the University of California and California State University system, as well as two campuses in the University of Washington system.

The full, ranked list can be viewed online.

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