SUNY Old Westbury Recognized in National Rankings for Commitment to Student Diversity

Dashboard that reads College Factual Ethnic Diversity Top 5%

The ongoing commitment of SUNY Old Westbury to serve a diverse student body has earned the College laudable rankings from both U.S. News & World Report and USA Today/College Factual.

“Since its founding more than 50 years ago, SUNY Old Westbury has been a college dedicated to embracing the diversity and complexity of the world around it while preparing students to succeed in their lives and careers,” said College President Calvin O. Butts, III. “Rankings such as these affirm that we are succeeding in creating an atmosphere where each person’s culture, religion, ethnicity, and more contribute to the discussions occurring in our classrooms."  

In its “2018 America’s Best Colleges” rankings, U.S.News & World Report ranked SUNY Old Westbury second among Regional Universities in the North for the diversity of its student body, maintaining for an 18th consecutive year the College’s position as one of the most diverse colleges in America.  With a maximum score of 1.0 based on the statistical likelihood of any student interacting with other students from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, Old Westbury earned a 0.74 score on the U.S. News index, which factors in both the total proportion of minority students at each school - not including international students - and the mix of racial and ethnic groups.  

In the USA Today and College Factual "2018 Best Colleges" rankings, SUNY Old Westbury was recognized as being among the top five percent of colleges and universities nationwide for the diversity of its student body.  Utilizing data from the Department of Education and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the USA Today/College Factual rankings are calculated based on the ethnic makeup of the student body, the geographic representation among students, and the gender makeup of the student body. 

"Engagement as a part of a community that earns recognition for its diversity gives our students a unique experience, where they gain confidence in their ability to question, speak, understand and engage in the world in which they live and work,” said President Butts.