U.S. News & World Report has named Bloomfield College as the ninth most diverse National Liberal Arts College in the United States.
The publication judged schools’ diversity by whether a student was likely to encounter classmates of different ethnic group than their own. U.S. News looked at the proportion of the institution’s minority students (international students excluded) in relation to the overall student body, giving schools scores ranging from zero to 1.0. Bloomfield College received a score of 0.63.
"It is an honor to once again be recognized as one of the most diverse Colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report,” Bloomfield vice president of enrollment management Adam Castro said in an email. “Our student body continues to be a great representation of the multicultural and global movements of the 21st century. The exposure our students get to different cultures, ways of life and philosophies on a daily basis will not only prepare them to become better professionals, but impactful citizens of the world."
The school was also ranked as one of the top 240 National Liberal Arts Colleges in the country in the U.S. News’ annual “Best Colleges” rankings.
Bloomfield is one of two New Jersey liberal arts colleges to be placed in the rankings along with Drew University. The school was one of 11 second-tier schools to exceed the rankings’ predicted graduation rate for the institution.
In a statement from the college, they noted that the distinction comes on the heels of the school being named “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes Magazine in July and one of 12 New Jersey institutions giving students the highest return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online.
The ranking system used to evaluate National Liberal Arts Colleges uses quantitative measures that have been deemed reliable indicators of academic quality by education experts, such as graduation rates, peer assessment scores and student selectivity.
The recognition comes on the heels of the institution being named as one of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes Magazine in July, 2013, and one of 12 New Jersey institutions giving students the highest return on investment by Affordable Colleges Online during the same month.
A private, four-year institution featuring 2,145 students, Bloomfield College offers over 60 majors and concentrations in both undergraduate and graduate programs.