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U.S. News and World Report Ranks Northeastern Among Most Ethnically Diverse Schools

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Northeastern Illinois University Ranked Among Most Ethnically Diverse Universities in U.S. News & World Report Rankings

In its annual publication of "Best Colleges," U.S. News & World Report announced this week that Northeastern Illinois University is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Northeastern has held this distinction since 1997, the first year U.S. News & World Report established this category in its "Best Colleges" rankings.

The data for the diversity rankings were drawn from each institution's 2012-2013 enrollment numbers. According to U.S. News & World Report, the rankings factored in the proportion of minority students (excluding international students) and the overall mix of groups in each institution's student body. The groups forming the basis for the calculations were African-American (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, White (non-Hispanic) and multiracial.

Northeastern's ethnic diversity reflects the urban environment of Chicago. More than 50 languages are spoken as a first language by Northeastern students.