PMC Ranks #1 in Racial Diversity

U.S. News & World Report, in its 2005 edition of America's Best Colleges, has again ranked Pine Manor College #1 for campus diversity among liberal arts colleges (Bachelor's level) in the United States. It is the second straight year that PMC has been at the top of the diversity list and is the fifth year the College has been ranked among the top five liberal arts colleges for campus diversity. Pine Manor College has now established itself as one of America’s most diverse colleges and universities.

The methodology for the diversity ranking was created by Philip Meyer and Shawn McIntosh and published in 1992 in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. It identifies colleges where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own. U.S. News factors in the total proportion of minority students - leaving out international students - and the overall mix of groups, and uses a formula that produces a diversity index that ranges from 0.0 to 1.0. The closer a school's number is to 1.0, the more diverse is the student population. PMC's diversity index improved to 0.68, up 0.04 from last year's assessment, and pushed the College even further ahead of other colleges at the top of this year's rankings.

For the Fall 2003 semester, PMC students identified themselves according to the following racial/ethnic classifications: 30% White/Caucasian; 30% Black/Non-Hispanic; 11% International; 10% Hispanic/Latina; 7% Cape Verdean; 4% Asian American; 1% Native American; 7% Other or Unreported.

The diversity of the population greatly assists the College in achieving its mission to "prepare women for inclusive leadership and social responsibility in their workplaces, communities and families". Few colleges and universities enjoy the rich diversity that exists at Pine Manor College. The PMC community is uniquely preparing young women for the challenges of an increasingly diverse society.

U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges 2005 Diversity Ranking



Diversity index (1.0=highest)

Largest minority
and its %

1 Pine Manor College (MA)
0.68 African-American, 30%
2 Whittier College (CA) 0.57 Hispanic, 26%
3 Occidental College (CA) 0.56 Hispanic, 16%
4 Marymount Manhattan College (NY) 0.55 African-American, 17%
4 Wellesley College (MA) 0.55 Asian-American, 28%
6 California State U.-Monterey Bay 0.53 Hispanic, 26%
7 Swarthmore College (PA) 0.52 Asian-American, 16%
7 Wesleyan College (GA) 0.52 African-American, 36%
9 Amherst College (MA) 0.50 Asian-American, 13%
10 Barnard College (NY) 0.49 Asian-American, 11%
10 Mills College (CA) 0.49 Asian-American, 13%
10 Agnes Scott College (GA) 0.48 African-American, 22%