LIHUE — Those looking to study side-by-side with people from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds need look no further than Hawaii.
University of Hawaii campuses took the top spots in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of most diverse campuses in the United States.
Kauai Community College took the No. 3 spot among the country’s two-year public institutions.
While it’s not surprising considering Hawaii is a diverse place, KCC Chancellor Helen Cox said it is wonderful because it shows community colleges, including KCC, are doing a good job of reflecting their communities.
“It’s great for Hawaii,” she said. “We’re making sure that every part of our community has access to higher education and a chance to change their lives. That’s good for all of us.”
Approximately 1,500 students are enrolled at KCC this semester.
Chronicle ranked UH Hilo as the most diverse four-year public institution in the country. UH also filled out all the top spots in that category, with UH Maui College, UH West Oahu and UH Manoa ranking 2 through 4, respectively.
Windward Community College not only led the two-year public institution rankings but was rated as the single most diverse campus in the nation.
Hawaii Community College, KCC and Leeward Community College rounded out the top four in the 2-year category, followed by Berkeley City College, Honolulu Community College and Kapiolani Community College.