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Albright College Named One of the Most Ethnically & Economically Diverse Schools in the Nation


Sept. 14, 2016


Reading, Pa. – Albright College has been named one of the most ethnically and economically diverse schools in the country by U.S News and World Report.

In the “Campus Ethnic Diversity” category, as part of its 2017 Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News rated Albright with one of the highest diversity indexes among national liberal arts colleges. The College ranked 30th out of 219 national liberal arts colleges in this category.

In the “Economic Diversity” category, Albright ranked 21st out of 214 national liberal arts schools named.

The diversity index “factors in the total proportion of minority students – leaving out international students – and the overall mix of groups” to measure “the probability that any two people chosen at random from a given school are of different races or ethnic groups,” according to U.S. News. The economic diversity ranking is based on the percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants.

Albright’s inclusion on these lists come as no surprise to College administrators who have sought to attract students from various ethnicities, backgrounds and experiences to create a vibrant and rich learning community. The recently welcomed freshman Class of 2020, for example, is 49 percent ethnically/racially diverse.

“We believe there are many educational benefits that come from a diverse student body, such as enhanced educational learning outcomes and better preparation for an increasingly diverse society,” said Paul M. Cramer ’88, vice president for enrollment management and dean of admission.

Beginning with the College’s Class of 2017 (students who entered in 2013), Albright joined the small group of selective schools that meet 100 percent of institutionally determined financial need. The decision was driven by the College’s commitment to remain an affordable choice for exceptional students seeking a rigorous, interdisciplinary, private, liberal arts education.

 “Albright has long been committed to access and affordability, which allows the College to enroll the highest quality students across many diverse categories, including race, ethnicity and socio-economics,” said Cramer.

Albright’s inclusion on the U.S. News lists come on the heels of being named one of the best schools in the Northeast for the 13th consecutive year by the Princeton Review.


Founded in 1856, Albright College is a selective, national liberal arts college enrolling 1,800 full-time undergraduates and more than 800 adult learners and graduate students. The College’s flexible interdisciplinary curriculum, strengthened by a close-knit residential learning environment, encourages students to combine majors and disciplines to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship, numerous experiential learning options, and a diverse, supportive community of scholars and learners help students exceed their own expectations and graduate with a commitment to a lifetime of service and learning. Albright College is located in Reading, Pennsylvania.