MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - University of Hawaii campuses are being hailed as some of the most diverse in the United States, according to a new ranking.
The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UH Hilo as the most diverse four-year public institution in the country, with UH Maui College, UH West Oahu and UH Manoa following suit.
"This outstanding ranking is due to the work of faculty and staff in making UH Hilo an accessible campus where students from diverse backgrounds can succeed," said UH Hilo Chancellor Don Straney in a statement released by the university. "It is always great to be identified as No. 1 for something, but when it is for something that really matters, and in which we take pride, we have reason to celebrate."
In the two-year public institutions ranking, Windward Community College was rated the most diverse campus in the nation, followed by Hawaii Community Community College, Kauai Community College and Leeward Community College. Berkeley City College, Honolulu Community College and Kapiolani Community College also made the list.
The Chronicle's diversity index uses national data to calculate the probability that any two students at an institution are from different racial or ethnic groups.
"The exceptional rankings of our entire UH System are not only a reflection of Hawaii's unique island diversity, but also a testament to the commitment and passion of our faculty, staff and students in celebrating and supporting our diversity," UH President David Lassner said.