SUNY-College at Old Westbury
Old Westbury, New York 11568


SUNY College at Old Westbury
Old Westbury, New York 11568

Multicultural Profile

At SUNY College at Old Westbury, students live with and learn from a student body that looks exactly like our future — diverse, dynamic and culturally aware. Your experience will prepare you for a workplace and a world where common interests and a challenging work environment demand that we celebrate our differences then get on with the business of moving forward.

Evidence of this fact lies Old Westbury having once again ranked among the top "most diverse" liberal arts colleges in the Northeast region, according to the prestigious U.S. News & World Report " America’s Best Colleges” survey. Old Westbury ranked second in the region with a score of 0.64 on the publication’s Diversity Index.

“Ours is a world that is growing closer,” said Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, president of SUNY College at Old Westbury. “For that reason, we must all be prepared to work with people of differing races, creeds and cultures. Since its founding more than 30 years ago, Old Westbury has been a place where students who recognize the value of learning from people of different backgrounds come to learn about themselves, their neighbors, and their world.”

While international students are not included in the U.S. News survey, those students comprise an important part of the college community. A small, select group of international students currently study at Old Westbury while at the same time enjoying the college’s close proximity to New York City.

Last year, Old Westbury dispersed more than $13.5 million in financial assistance. Financial aid awards come in a variety of forms, including grants, scholarships, loans and work study programs. Further, among SUNY colleges of arts and science, Old Westbury has the largest enrollment of students via the Equal Opportunity Program — 16% of its total student body.