WWU Recognized for Exceptional Campus Diversity

October 15, 2019 | Education | Kim Strobel

Walla Walla University is ranked No. 135 out of 2,238 colleges and universities analyzed in the United States for diversity. This puts the university in the top 10% of all schools in the country.

WWU earned this ranking by having one of the most diverse student populations in the country with respect to race, age, gender and geographic origin. WWU improved its ranking position 26 places over the previous year’s ranking of 161.

WWU is ranked No. 3 out of 42 colleges in the state of Washington for diversity, placing WWU in the top 5% of all colleges in the state.

The rankings were provided by College Factual, the leading source of data analytics and insights on college outcomes. To rank colleges based on diversity, College Factual analyzed the age, gender, race and location of origin of each school’s student population. The greater the variety, the higher a college will rank.

“Our university family has committed to fostering a respectful and durable pattern of diversity that will enrich each individual, strengthen Walla Walla University and bless the world we serve,” says Pedrito Maynard-Reid, WWU assistant to the president for diversity. “We’re pleased to be acknowledged in these rankings, but we are always eager to learn more about how we can better recognize and benefit from the diversity of our university family and the world around us.”

“Walla Walla University has been on an important journey, one that brings focus to our mission statement, which affirms that ‘every person is created in the image of God as a being of inestimable value and worth,’” adds John McVay, WWU president. “Viewed through that lens, WWU celebrates and cultivates diversity as a sacred calling.”