Diversity

Location
Tempe, AZ
Undergrads
50,484
Tuition (in-state)
$22,977 ($9,724)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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College Junior

Diversity: i do not pay attention to peoples race or ethnicity.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many people who bring differing cultural backgrounds as well as various ideas. It is a great environment to learn.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The diversity on campus is great there are students fro all over the world that have very different cultural backgrounds whic makes it easy for students to learn about different countries and cultures and make new friends from outside the country.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: When it comes to the acceptance of race, religion, and political beliefs, it is a very diverse campus. Lots of professors and students seem to be very accepting of everybody, no matter who you are. Only thing I've noticed that could use some more diversity is the sexual orientation and the economic background acceptance.

5 College Senior

Diversity: There are so many diverse groups on this campus. After living here for only a year, I now have friends from Saudi Arabia, China, and many different US states. I see so many languages being used on and around campus. Some students attending ASU are extremely wealthy, while others are struggling financially. Gay pride is something that is becoming more common and accepted, especially in Tempe.

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  • 262nd
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  • 820th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jade Riley
Hometown
Glendale, AZ
Major
Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology
Grad Year
2013
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Since ASU is the largest university in the country, it should not come as a surprise that there are lots of students from different ethnic, social, and religious groups. As a respectable university, ASU seeks out students who have a unique story and can really add something to the University by bringing their customs and cultures to the campus. The campus is a mini-melting pot. 

Usually around the Memorial Union (MU), there will be an abundance of different ethnic, religious, and social organizations that spread the word about their group's efforts and try to recruit individuals to join their clubs. Another unique aspect about ASU is that there are several classes that educate students about certain groups, such as Chicanos, African-Americans, Asians, and women, while Gammage Auditorium hosts several cultural events as well. 

Arizona State offers students the experience to meet a wide variety of people that they may not have usually seen back in their hometown. The opportunity to be able to meet people from different backgrounds offers you a different perspective and the ability to see what life is like outside of your normal environment. ASU is an extremely fun, diverse, and amiable university, so why not add a little of yourself to the campus?

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
19%
International
3%
Native American
2%
White
61%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
36%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 21%
25+: 24%
Female Faculty
43%
Male Faculty
57%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 5%
Native American: 1%
White: 75%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
The campus is very accepting of its gay population. There are a bunch of on-campus groups like ACLU Gay and Lesbian Rights, GLAAD, OutProud, and GSWA (Gay Straight Whatever Alliance). The gay community is neither overly outspoken nor particularly quiet. Homosexual demonstrations, which are few and far between, outnumber reported instances of discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Political Activity
Like many major universities, ASU definitely leans more to the liberal side, but not all students follow those same ideals. As demonstrated on campus, there are several groups of right-wing and left-wing students that try to advocate their ideas. The most popular organizations are the Young Collegiate Republicans and Young Collegiate Democrats. Since the 2008 election, there has been another group called Students for Obama, which obviously supports the current administration and would like to see a win in 2012. ASU definitely has its fair share of political advocates and individuals who are very politically inclined.
Economic Status
In comparison to high school, ASU is very similar when it comes to economical status of students and their social outcomes. At ASU, cliques can form based off one's economic status. Regardless, meeting people should not be based on if they drive a sweet BMW or live in a million-dollar condo, but it happens, and that's just a part of life. However, everyone is pretty cool with each other as far as making acquaintances, and friendships do not have to be formed solely off of riches.
Most Common Religions
There isn't one predominant religion at ASU, but the most popular one is probably Christianity. There are actually a couple of churches on campus. Because we're in the Southwest, there is also a pretty big Mormon population. The religious groups at ASU are relatively quiet, though, with a few isolated exceptions. One can rarely walk past Hayden Lawn without being bombarded by acoustic Christian rock, the gospel, or if you're particularly unlucky, verbal assault compliments of the occasional on-campus preacher.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is an abundance of minority coalitions on campus that are delegated to bring individuals from certain ethnic groups together and bond. There are a couple Latin American and African American fraternities that are geared toward these specific minority groups. Likewise, there are also different Asian American and LBGT clubs on campus that serve to unionize those groups of people and demonstrate their cultural/social ideas to people interested in joining the organization or being in support of it.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 10 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 375 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 22% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 374 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 32% Not sure
  • 20% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 384 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 384 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 10 responses

  • 70% No
  • 10% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 10% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 10% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 10 responses

  • 20% Republican
  • 40% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 9 responses

  • 89% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 11% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 20% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 20% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 10 responses

  • 20% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 40% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 40% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 0% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 375 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 57% Very accepting.

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