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Choosing a college is not only about finding the right degree program for the right price at a reputable institution. From student diversity to community engagement, there are a number of things students and parents should consider when looking for the best school. Whether a student plans to live on or away from campus, college should reflect their identity and their life and career goals. Below is a list of common criteria for selecting the best college.

 

50 Public Colleges with the Best Lifetime ROI

What's the value of a college degree? In short, it depends on the degree, and on the school. Institutions with a focus on engineering, or with renowned campus and online MBA programs, seem to come out on top. But does this hold true? To test this notion, a new report from PayScale measured the 30-year salary gap between bachelor’s degree holders and their non-degree counterparts. According to the analysis, alumni from the following 50 public colleges enjoy the largest earnings gaps…

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College Rank College Name 30-Year ROI Tuition Total Enrollment City State
1 Colorado School of Mines $851,700 $12,584 6,709 Golden Colorado
2 Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus $836,000 $6,676 23,017 Atlanta Georgia
3 University of California-Berkeley $790,100 $11,220 39,175 Berkeley California
4 University of California-San Diego $647,100 $11,220 31,089 La Jolla California
5 State University of New York at New Paltz $644,500 $5,270 9,137 New Paltz New York
6 University of Virginia-Main Campus $620,900 $9,240 30,731 Charlottesville Virginia
7 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign $620,000 $11,847 47,146 Champaign Illinois
8 Texas A & M University-College Station $568,900 $5,297 51,417 College Station Texas
9 New Jersey Institute of Technology $554,600 $11,758 10,622 Newark New Jersey
10 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University $551,600 $8,852 33,248 Blacksburg Virginia
11 College of William and Mary $544,800 $8,270 9,117 Williamsburg Virginia
12 California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo $542,700 $5,472 19,077 San Luis Obispo California
13 Massachusetts Maritime Academy $542,600 $1,395 1,417 Buzzards Bay Massachusetts
14 University of California-Los Angeles $537,400 $11,220 40,863 Los Angeles California
15 University of Maryland-College Park $518,000 $6,966 43,316 College Park Maryland
16 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor $517,100 $12,440 44,453 Ann Arbor Michigan
17 Rutgers University-New Brunswick $515,900 $10,104 43,885 New Brunswick New Jersey
18 Missouri University of Science and Technology $510,800 $7,848 8,086 Rolla Missouri
19 University of California-Irvine $483,300 $11,220 29,200 Irvine California
20 University of Washington-Seattle Campus $471,400 $9,746 49,554 Seattle Washington
21 Stony Brook University $466,400 $5,270 29,576 Stony Brook New York
22 The University of Texas at Austin $464,200 $9,794 55,620 Austin Texas
23 University of California-Santa Barbara $448,200 $11,220 24,078 Santa Barbara California
24 University of California-Davis $447,700 $11,220 33,786 Davis California
25 Michigan Technological University $427,100 $12,615 7,605 Houghton Michigan
26 Purdue University-Main Campus $420,400 $8,893 44,644 West Lafayette Indiana
27 SUNY at Binghamton $416,700 $5,270 16,203 Vestal New York
28 Miami University-Oxford $415,400 $10,880 20,088 Oxford Ohio
29 Clemson University $409,200 $11,524 22,338 Clemson South Carolina
30 University of Connecticut $401,800 $8,256 27,648 Storrs Connecticut
31 University of Wisconsin-Madison $390,400 $8,592 46,756 Madison Wisconsin
32 University of Massachusetts Amherst $366,900 $1,714 31,417 Amherst Massachusetts
33 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus $364,900 $15,124 49,025 University Park Pennsylvania
34 University of Colorado Boulder $361,600 $7,672 36,946 Boulder Colorado
35 James Madison University $360,500 $4,642 22,093 Harrisonburg Virginia
36 California State Polytechnic University-Pomona $360,400 $5,472 22,770 Pomona California
37 George Mason University $356,500 $6,752 45,933 Fairfax Virginia
38 University of Florida $351,000 $4,060 58,082 Gainesville Florida
39 The College of New Jersey $350,100 $9,760 8,486 Ewing New Jersey
40 North Carolina State University at Raleigh $329,700 $5,153 40,165 Raleigh North Carolina
41 Texas Tech University $328,000 $4,699 35,105 Lubbock Texas
42 Rutgers University-Camden $306,900 $10,104 7,276 Camden New Jersey
43 University of Delaware $303,700 $9,670 23,239 Newark Delaware
44 Auburn University $302,900 $7,296 26,840 Auburn University Alabama
45 San Jose State University $294,800 $5,472 31,575 San Jose California
46 Washington State University $285,300 $9,374 29,962 Pullman Washington
47 Iowa State University $284,200 $6,408 31,501 Ames Iowa
48 Michigan State University $281,600 $12,769 52,567 East Lansing Michigan
49 Oregon State University $279,000 $6,228 28,188 Corvallis Oregon
50 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology $276,700 $3,430 2,721 Rapid City South Dakota

50 Colleges Committed to Saving the Planet

Students motivated to make a difference have a near-endless list of colleges and degree programs from which to choose. Yet for those with a passion for planet Earth, green science, green technology and, yes, green law schools across the nation offer innovative programs that turn out graduates armed for the environmental challenges ahead. Even traditional fields such as business administration and manufacturing are adopting cutting-edge green methodologies, allowing students to create hybrid careers where the jobs are.

These 50 colleges and universities not only host students in the lecture hall, they put them to work in research laboratories where scholars practice real-time, ecological heroism.

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College Rank College Name Program Name Program Description
1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Atmospheres, Oceans and Climates Founded in 1990, The Center for Global Change Science at MIT has become a leader in predicting and assessing climate change. Undergraduate students as well as graduate-student researchers work in this interdisciplinary center at the heart of understanding major environmental challenges.
2 Stanford University Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Program Stanford's Environmental Law Clinic provides the backbone for this law school program that addresses global and national policy and law. The Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment hosts interdisciplinary research that touches all seven of the university’s schools.
3 Harvard University Environmental Sciences and Engineering Students choose among degree concentrations in atmospheric sciences, microbiology, climate, oceanography, environmental chemistry, water management and international environmental politics. The Harvard Environmental Economics Program creates a save-the-planet niche for business, political science, health-policy and economics majors.
4 Yale University Environmental Forestry Surprised? They take forestry seriously in New Haven. The celebrated Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies offers one-year and three-year mid-career master’s degrees in forestry with a concentration on biodiversity conservation, water management, fire science, hydrology, biometeorology, socio-political ecology, policy and law, and pollution control.
5 California Institute of Technology Environmental Science and Engineering Give yourself props for wind energy! The Caltech Field Laboratory for Optimized Wind Energy (FLOWE), part of the Caltech Biological Propulsion Laboratory, provides an interdisciplinary research facility where engineers can catch the wave.
6 State University of New York Sustainable Energy Management The College of Environmental Science and Forestry offers this soup-to-nuts undergraduate degree for those who want to change the way we find, develop and sell energy. Students build management skills while focusing on issues of energy resources, markets, energy security, and energy policy. Students divide time between the classroom and the laboratory at ESF's Syracuse campus
7 Oregon State University Renewable Materials More than 40 percent of Oregon is forested, making it an ideal state for studying forestry. This degree program looks toward research, development, and production of alternatives to non-renewable materials such as petroleum-based products. Join the march toward developing plant-based substitutes for toxic chemicals.
8 Oregon Institute of Technology Renewable Energy Engineering Tech’s Master of Science in Renewable Energy Engineering program is designed for full-time students (daytime classes) and working adults (three evenings a week). The program develops student’s skills in technical management and builds advanced renewable engineering expertise in fields including biomass, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, and fuel cells.
9 College of the Atlantic Human Ecology There are no departments per se at the College of the Atlantic; all students participate in cross-disciplinary studies in arts and design, environmental studies and human studies. The college offers concentrations in field ecology and conservation, ecological policy and planning, marine studies, and sustainable food systems.
10 University of California, Davis Environmental Toxicology It’s no surprise that this UC campus, situated in California’s San Joaquin Valley agricultural empire, leads the way in toxicology research. Undergrad majors study ever-changing factors that adversely affect air, water and soils. Courses include field sampling, risk assessment, forensic science, genetics, physics, chemistry, mass spectrometry, DNA analysis, and environmental stress.
11 Dartmouth College Earth, Ecosystem and Ecological Sciences Program Nearby marine and forest habitats make for abundant research opportunities in this, the Ivy league’s flagship interdisciplinary program in environmental studies. If the local woods and waterways won’t suffice, Dartmouth partners with ecological research stations in Central America, Jamaica, Indonesia, the Himalayas and Antarctica. Pack your bags!
12 Oklahoma State University Natural Resources Ecology and Management The newly created Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management combines the fields of management with sustainability. Coursework addresses the ecological management of rangelands, water sources, and forests, including studies in conservation biology and restoration.
13 Indiana University Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management Make a difference. The School of Public & Environmental Affairs has designed a program for those who intend to lead the way in fostering environmental protection and conservation. Courses include studies into environmental economics, law, policy, data analysis and topics in watershed management, cost-benefit and risk analysis.
14 Johns Hopkins University Energy Policy and Climate How can managers respond to challenges of climate change and energy development using sound legal, scientific and technological solutions? The coursework in this program bridges interdisciplinary studies in sustainable energy systems, energy production and delivery, and policy (international, national and local).
15 Carnegie Mellon University Environmental Engineering, Sustainability, and Science The Institute for Green Science provides the ecological launch-pad for university studies in solar energy, renewable agriculture, and pollution reduction. The EESS program holistically covers topics of water and air quality, green design and sustainability, while providing detailed studies in energy supply and conservation, LEED buildings and green design, and environmental microbiology for engineers.
16 Penn State University Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology This comprehensive ecology program offered through The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences features more than 50 faculty members representing ecology issues related to people, the landscape and biological/chemical factors. That means studies in human behavior, evolutionary ecology, ecosystems, paleoecology, molecular ecology, climate change, biodiversity, and root and soil ecology. Dig in.
17 University of California, Berkeley Plant and Microbial Biology Nerds go green! Cal’s Energy Biosciences Institute is engaged in breakthrough studies in biofuels production, fossil fuel bioprocessing, and environmental/social/economic impacts. Undergrad and graduate programs in the plant or micro division of the College of Natural Resources have eco-practical applications galore. (Berkeley is also home to the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory.)
18 University of Colorado, Boulder Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Are you up on your limnology? Colorado’s Center for Limnology is a leading research facility for the study of lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. The Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program has labs that explore marine ecosystems, disease and invasions to fresh water, insect behavior and landscape restoration.
19 Montana State University Sustainable Food and Bioenergy Systems The College of Agriculture, College of Education, and College of Health and Human Development came together to create this balanced, cutting-edge program that offers students degree concentrations in sustainable food systems, sustainable crop production, agro-ecology, or sustainable livestock production. No lazing around allowed. All students are required to conduct field research and complete internships in their specialties.
20 University of California, Los Angeles Environmental Law UCLA’s Emmett Center is the first law school center devoted exclusively to issues of climate change. Law school students can choose a concentration of studies into environmental law, climate change law, land use regulation, public natural resources, sustainable technology and environmental justice.
21 Oberlin College Environmental Studies Roll up your sleeves. Students at the world-renowned Lewis Center follow a “curricular pathway” that integrates traditional science methodology with contemporary problem-solving of real world issues. Specialized studies and internships immerse students directly into practical experience in saving the planet.
22 The University of Michigan Engineering Sustainable Systems Students in this degree track choose among a focus in Sustainable Energy Systems, Sustainable Design and Manufacturing, and Sustainable Water Resources. Research focuses on energy policy, economics and societal impact, Carbon-free energy sources, transportation systems and fuels. The state that builds the most autos is challenging students to find solutions.
23 University of Wisconsin-Madison Engineering in Energy Systems Solar is heating up! The Solar Energy Lab in the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Engineering has received top honors from International Solar Energy Society for developing practical uses of solar energy since 1954.
24 Duke University Earth and Ocean Sciences Studies in global change, coastal environmental issues, and groundwater integrity pack this major with the scientific inquiry and policy intrigue. The Duke University Marine Laboratory offers students exceptional opportunities to get their hands wet.
25 The University of New Hampshire EcoGastronomy Eat locally, think globally. Launched in 2008, the EcoGastronomy Program became the first sustainable food system academic program in the country. It combines studies in sustainable agriculture, nutrition and hospitality management. Study trips to Italy and France round out this wholesome, tasty major.
26 SUNY, Canton Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems This acclaimed undergraduate program -- initially offered in 2006 within the Canino School of Engineering Technology -- draws students who want to save the planet as well as technical students who want shift career fields into emerging clean energy. Expect challenging classes in physics, math, CAD, environmental science, thermodynamics, programming for engineers and GIS.
27 Georgia Institute of Technology Biomedical Engineering Saving the planet includes saving its residents. Georgia Tech has teamed with Emery University in directing The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, an interdisciplinary program devoted to the creation of devices that aid in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
28 University of Texas Environmental Science At UT, they hook ‘em early. The Environmental Science Institute in Austin offers entering students a well-rounded and comprehensive four-year interdisciplinary degree program in environmental science. The ES program focuses on early hands-on research experience, a geological, geographical, or biological sciences specializations, and career preparation.
29 University of California, Irvine Chemistry AirUCI is not the name of a new basketball shoe. It’s UC Irvine’s Atmospheric Integrated Research Lab, home to scientists from around the globe and students from the undergraduate and graduate ranks who study air quality, water resources, energy, and climate change. Findings get put directly into action through partnerships with California government water and air-quality agencies.
30 University of Arizona Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Committed to preserving or restoring to biological diversity? So are the students and scientists at the University of Arizona’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Its international reputation has brought worldwide leaders in evolutionary genetics to Tucson.
31 North Carolina State University Aquatic Ecology Save the seas. NC State’s Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology is the home for graduate studies in both coastal and freshwater marine ecosystems. Students take to local waterways to conduct research, or learn about harmful algae, plant ecology, and aquatic biology at the Flow Cytometry Laboratory.
32 Iowa State University Environmental Science Synergy happens! The Environmental Science degree programs at Iowa State are holistic and interdisciplinary, exposing students to a wide curriculum including coursework in groundwater aquatic and wetland ecology, climatology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, water quality, landscape processes, and other contributing sciences.
33 Portland State University Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Study green science in a green city. The Portland State School of the Environment: Environmental Science and Management coordinates five research programs or centers, including the Aquatic Bioinvasions Research and Policy Institute (with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center), the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank & Plant Conservation Program, the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs, Student Watershed Research Program, and Environmental Professional Program.
34 University of Georgia Conservation Ecology Program Since the late 1950s, UGA has been involved in extensive environmental research, first delving into the impacts of the Atomic Energy Commission's Savannah River Plant. master’s students study wide-ranging environmental/ethical issues from wetlands policy to forest biodiversity.
35 Tulane University Environmental Science At Tulane “Earth as a Living Planet” and “Earth as a Living Planet Laboratory” are key foundation courses that embody the ES department’s philosophy. Students receive key courses in geo/bio statistics, GIS, global change biology, environmental chemistry and diversity. After that, the sky’s the limit.
36 The University of Cincinnati Environmental Studies Cincinnati’s McMicken College of Arts & Sciences has developed a four-year major that provides students with diversity in studies and flexibility in design. The curriculum for the EVST program was compiled by faculty from the university’s nine departments to create a solid foundation in the sciences, research methodology, and professional skills.
37 Drexel University Environmental Science Make a splash! Drexel’s already heralded ES program gained even more breadth in facilities with its 2011 merger with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. Before they even begin their first semester, undergrads participate in a class at Barnegat Bay Field Station, heading off into a maritime forest, salt marsh, tidal streams and freshwater pond.
38 Illinois State University Renewable Energy The Center for Renewable Energy powers the green-career degree program at Illinois State University. It’s also home to the Illinois Wind Working Group dedicated to the research and development of wind power in the state -- and around the world. Students gain practical experience and insight into the fundamental issues involving R & D, biofuels and other renewable resources, legislation, and public policy.
39 University of San Francisco Environmental Management Program USF’s graduate programs in environmental management have built-in flexibility, including online options. Coursework includes studies in environmental ethics, chemistry, environmental politics, policy design, eco-science, environmental law, restoration ecology and wetland labs, air and water quality assessment, waste management, climate change, and environmental engineering. Not for wimps.
40 Green Mountain College Sustainable Master of Business Administration Located in Vermont, Green Mountain College is devoted to protecting the environment. The school calls its eco-business program, “The Greenest Green MBA.” Now in its seventh year, the program can be completed online. Practicing business managers learn that profitability need not equal environmental degradation.
41 Arizona State University Sustainability The ASU School of Sustainability was established within the Global Institute of Sustainability in 2007 to address issues of energy, technology, water scarcity and water quality, ecosystems, international development and environmental policy. While the program is slanted toward urban area topics, master’s students can integrate their program with overseas Peace Corps service.
42 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Environmental Sciences & Engineering Want to meet the world you’re saving? Virginia Tech’s Center for Energy and the Global Environment, founded in 1994, connects current graduate students and research faculty with universities and energy industry organizations in more than 30 countries.
43 John Brown University Renewable Energy On a mission? Undergrads enroll in a foundation program in engineering and then choose a path into international development or a focus in business management. A distinctly Christian school, John Brown University allows students to combine a call to international outreach with the development or management of overseas renewable energy projects.
44 Lehigh University Environmental Policy Design Lehigh University’s Environmental Initiative sponsors one of the country’s best-known programs for preparing graduates to take on the BIG ISSUES, including the power of political, social, and economic dynamics and the challenges posed by a severely degraded natural environment. Be ready to put on your grown-up pants.
45 Lane Community College Energy Management/Renewable Energy Technician Start changing the world house-by-house, business-by-business, community-by-community through Oregon’s Lane College two-year renewable energy technician program. Students learn LEED Framework and green building requirements, how to conduct a needs/risk analysis, assess carbon footprints and recommend practical, sustainable solutions.
46 Bismarck State College Renewable Generation Technology Offered on campus or online, Bismarck State’s two-year degree program packs a punch. Students take courses in energy professional health and safety, instrumentation and control, solar/wind/hydraulic power systems, plant mechanical systems, applied electronics and more. All students, including online ones, must perform hands-on lab work. The college is home to the National Energy Center of Excellence (NECE).
47 Washington University in St. Louis Environmental Policy Get political! Washington University’s Environmental Policy major is a rigorous journey through the tangled web of politics, bureaucracies, public opinion, regulation, the global political economy, sustainability, global oil battles, climate change, genetically altered foods, air and water quality, and biochemistry.
48 Northland College Sustainable Community Development Sustainable agriculture, land-use planning and policy, environmental justice, alternative energies and non-profit management are only a few of the foundation courses that prepare Northland grads for a wide range of public service careers or continued academic research. Courses in biology, economics, GIS, undoing the effects of racism, and sustainable development theory round out the curriculum. Students put new knowledge to service work immediately in the Northland and greater Chequamegon Bay community.
49 The Evergreen State College Graduate Program on the Environment Greeners, as students here are called, choose Evergreen for its progressive and cutting-edge academic programs that place environmentalism and social responsibility at the core. The comprehensive master’s program includes studies in freshwater ecology, biodiversity, sustainable forestry, environmental justice, environmental policy, restoration ecology, climate change, and coastline management.
50 Eckerd College Environmental Studies Eckerd’s internationally recognized undergraduate ES program does not skimp on curriculum. During the four years, students are exposed to diverse topics including coastal ecosystem management, ecotourism, protected species, remote sensing, sacred-sites management and preservation, ethics and environmental justice, energy/land-use policy, and global climate change.

50 Colleges Advancing Women in STEM

Narrowing the gap in women’s representation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is a popular topic recently, from local coffee shops to the office of the President. Women hold less than 25% of STEM jobs in the U.S. according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economics and Statistics Administration. Meanwhile, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that jobs in STEM fields are expected to grow at 17%, compared to 9.8% for non-STEM jobs. As job opportunities shift in this direction, the following colleges and universities are doing their part by successfully engaging female students in a breadth of STEM programs.

To create this list, The College Database used a data set provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), a government resource, on female student enrollment in STEM programs from the Bachelor’s to Doctorate level offered at schools across the nation. Programs were classified as “STEM” based on the National Science Foundation’s guidelines, meaning that programs in the Social Sciences, like Anthropology or Psychology were included.

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College Rank College Name STEM Programs Total Women in STEM Programs % Women in STEM Programs City State
1 University of California-Davis 169 2,503 54% Davis California
2 University of California-Irvine 104 1,886 50% Irvine California
3 University of Central Florida 77 1,849 52% Orlando Florida
4 University of South Florida-Main Campus 82 1,813 57% Tampa Florida
5 Michigan State University 138 1,682 50% East Lansing Michigan
6 University of California-Santa Barbara 84 1,592 53% Santa Barbara California
7 University of Georgia 137 1,492 57% Athens Georgia
8 Florida State University 100 1,430 52% Tallahassee Florida
9 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus 122 1,428 51% Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
10 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 97 1,317 61% Chapel Hill North Carolina
11 Indiana University-Bloomington 90 1,288 51% Bloomington Indiana
12 University of California-Santa Cruz 71 1,188 56% Santa Cruz California
13 University of North Texas 76 1,104 56% Denton Texas
14 University of Virginia-Main Campus 85 1,087 50% Charlottesville Virginia
15 Florida International University 65 1,082 51% Miami Florida
16 New York University 98 1,011 62% New York New York
17 University of California-Riverside 78 963 50% Riverside California
18 Virginia Commonwealth University 73 959 55% Richmond Virginia
19 San Diego State University 57 941 51% San Diego California
20 Temple University 93 915 55% Philadelphia Pennsylvania
21 California State University-Long Beach 55 907 50% Long Beach California
22 SUNY at Albany 54 892 58% Albany New York
23 University of Delaware 109 827 50% Newark Delaware
24 University of Oregon 55 791 53% Eugene Oregon
25 Florida Atlantic University 59 766 56% Boca Raton Florida
26 University of New Mexico-Main Campus 71 756 52% Albuquerque New Mexico
27 Wayne State University 114 755 51% Detroit Michigan
28 Miami University-Oxford 79 739 54% Oxford Ohio
29 Ohio University-Main Campus 73 702 51% Athens Ohio
30 Emory University 56 680 62% Atlanta Georgia
31 Kent State University at Kent 72 666 57% Kent Ohio
32 University of Vermont 98 646 54% Burlington Vermont
33 University of Nevada-Las Vegas 65 614 56% Las Vegas Nevada
34 Central Michigan University 79 613 52% Mount Pleasant Michigan
35 University of Miami 100 609 54% Coral Gables Florida
36 Northern Arizona University 103 607 53% Flagstaff Arizona
37 Loyola University-Chicago 112 604 62% Chicago Illinois
38 Western Washington University 56 509 51% Bellingham Washington
39 Missouri State University-Springfield 63 496 57% Springfield Missouri
40 University of Colorado Denver 92 487 53% Denver Colorado
41 University of Alabama at Birmingham 60 454 50% Birmingham Alabama
42 Western Kentucky University 51 453 50% Bowling Green Kentucky
43 The University of Montana 66 450 56% Missoula Montana
44 University of Memphis 62 444 53% Memphis Tennessee
45 Eastern Michigan University 66 423 52% Ypsilanti Michigan
46 Baylor University 61 413 50% Waco Texas
47 Tulane University of Louisiana 67 402 55% New Orleans Louisiana
48 Saint Louis University-Main Campus 64 392 59% Saint Louis Missouri
49 Marquette University 55 371 50% Milwaukee Wisconsin
50 University of Colorado-Colorado Springs 50 353 54% Colorado Springs Colorado

33 Most Popular U.S. Colleges for Hispanic Students

So many colleges across the country have very diverse student bodies, with tremendous mixtures of different races and ethnic backgrounds. Others tend to attract a specific demographic, either due to geographic location or shared academic or religious interest. Diversity aside, the following colleges attract the largest percentages of Hispanic students at the undergraduate level.

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College Rank College Name % Hispanic Tuition Total Enrollment City State
1 Laredo Community College 95% $2,016 13,824 Laredo Texas
2 Imperial Valley College 94% $1,008 11,579 Imperial California
3 Texas A & M International University 94% $3,372 8,287 Laredo Texas
4 South Texas College 94% $4,935 36,951 McAllen Texas
5 The University of Texas at Brownsville 91% $3,616 18,970 Brownsville Texas
6 The University of Texas-Pan American 91% $3,969 23,023 Edinburg Texas
7 El Paso Community College 87% $1,608 41,768 El Paso Texas
8 The University of Texas at El Paso 78% $5,341 26,232 El Paso Texas
9 East Los Angeles College 70% $958 54,962 Monterey Park California
10 Miami Dade College 69% $2,365 99,232 Miami Florida
11 New Mexico State University-Dona Ana 65% $1,608 13,358 Las Cruces New Mexico
12 Florida International University 63% $3,580 56,288 Miami Florida
13 University of the Incarnate Word 58% $21,900 9,153 San Antonio Texas
14 Santa Ana College 54% $864 48,363 Santa Ana California
15 CUNY Bronx Community College 54% $3,600 14,447 Bronx New York
16 Del Mar College 52% $1,224 17,098 Corpus Christi Texas
17 Monroe College-Main Campus 52% $11,640 7,007 Bronx New York
18 Cerritos College 48% $1,060 28,810 Norwalk California
19 The University of Texas at San Antonio 46% $4,626 35,098 San Antonio Texas
20 Chaffey College 44% $864 25,455 Rancho Cucamonga California
21 New Mexico State University-Main Campus 44% $4,553 21,692 Las Cruces New Mexico
22 CUNY Lehman College 44% $5,130 16,084 Bronx New York
23 Mt. San Antonio College 42% $824 37,922 Walnut California
24 Riverside City College 39% $1,080 30,470 Riverside California
25 Texas A & M University-Corpus Christi 39% $4,494 11,785 Corpus Christi Texas
26 California State University-Dominguez Hills 38% $5,472 15,909 Carson California
27 California State University-Bakersfield 36% $5,472 9,456 Bakersfield California
28 University of New Mexico-Main Campus 35% $4,651 33,304 Albuquerque New Mexico
29 California State University-San Bernardino 35% $5,472 19,065 San Bernardino California
30 University of Houston-Downtown 34% $3,720 16,341 Houston Texas
31 California State University-Los Angeles 34% $5,472 22,830 Los Angeles California
32 CUNY LaGuardia Community College 33% $3,600 23,180 Long Island City New York
33 CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice 33% $5,130 18,040 New York New York