Colleges and Universities With the Most and Least Race and Class Interaction

The Princeton Review recently published the latest edition of The Best 385 Colleges. The guide ranks these colleges in a number of categories including best dormitories, best food, and most beautiful campuses.

The guide also rates the nation’s best colleges on race and class interaction. The Princeton Review surveyed students as to how strongly they agreed that different types of students interact frequently and easily at their schools.

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, was ranked first on the list of colleges than had little race or class interaction. African Americans make up 4 percent of the undergraduate student body at Quinnipiac.

The University of Tennessee at Knoxville was second on the list of colleges and universities with little race/class interaction. Providence College in Rhode Island, which led the list a year ago, ranked third. Other schools that were included on the list of colleges and universities with little race/class interaction were the University of Richmond, Amherst College, Santa Clara University, Montana Tech, the University of Colorado, Auburn University, and Manhattanville College.

The colleges and universities that were rated as having the most race/class interaction were Rice University in Houston, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, New York.

Surprisingly, Amherst College in Massachusetts, which routinely finishes atop the rankings of the JBHE annual survey of Black students at the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, was fifth on the list of schools with little race/class interaction. A year ago, Amherst ranked 11th on this list.


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