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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is ok. The stereotype is that the school has mostly white people, which is true; 28% of students are of a minority race. However, that doesn't mean students only hang out within their own race. Some do, but not everyone.

3 College Junior

Diversity: A lot of students seem to conform to the socially acceptable norms. This is probably became most students are very privileged.

4 College Junior

Diversity: It is a Jesuit school, so mainly Catholics attend. There is a strong Jewish student population and anyone is welcome at mass. Lots of New England families going through BC so on the wealthier side and conservative, but there is more & more economic/political diversity each year.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: BC is not very diverse, but they are working on becoming more diverse. Most ethnic groups associate with themselves. Its not really an issue, but if you want a very diverse school, BC isn't it.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity on campus is great. It contributes to discussion and enables the student body to engage in meaningful conversation about their own beliefs.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Samantha Durant
Cheshire, CT
Communications with Women's Studies minor
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Cultivating a more diverse student body at Boston College may currently be the school’s largest problem. The majority of students are Caucasian and middle- to upper-class. And that’s probably all you’ll see when walking across campus. A lot of students feel that it’s not the school’s fault that many of the people it attracts hail from similar backgrounds. Yet, BC is diligently working toward drawing individuals from different upbringings and social demographics, and the other students are becoming more accepting and inclusive of what diversity it does have. Hopefully, this will help increase BC’s diversity in the future.

Overall, the school is aware of the lack of diversity on campus and is working to rectify the problem. Many students are not the least bit uncomfortable with the demographics represented at the school; others may press the issue. Potential students should recognize the social landscape before they decide to attend Boston College. Nonetheless, you really have to prepare yourself for a sea of pea coats in the fall and J. Crew skirts in the spring—it’s a very preppy campus. Once again, there are exceptions to this rule, but you have to search for diversity. Some people thrive in the fairly homogenous atmosphere while others detest it, but the mixed bag is hopefully becoming more assorted.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 11%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 7%
Native American: 1%
White: 80%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
There are a couple of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning (GLBTQ) organizations on campus-the largest being the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC). It functions as a semi-autonomous branch of the student government and is committed to developing resources for GLBTQ students, educating on GLBTQ issues, and building communities among and between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. Additionally, given Boston College's Catholic mission, GLC is also committed to engaging the religious mission of the University. Allies of Boston College is officially recognized by the school as a student group and its constitution states that it is there to provide support but not advocacy. As the name implies, the organization encourages dialogue between GLBTQ students and the greater Boston College community. Lambda, formerly the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community (LGBC), functions as a social committee run by GLC members and is dedicated to putting on social events for GLBTQ students. Although Lambda has repeatedly petitioned for recognition as a student club, it has been denied this status. The campus environment is generally tolerant of GLBTQ persons, but most students are unaware of GLBTQ issues. Additionally, the University offers no institutional resources for GLBTQ students.
Political Activity
Students are politically active on both the Republican and Democratic side, although more students are Republicans with the school being as conservative as it is.
Economic Status
Most students are middle- to upper-class.
Minority Clubs on Campus
AHANA, an acronym to describe individuals of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American descent, is a student group that, for over 20 years, has implemented programs to foster the diversity at Boston College. From extracurricular to academic, AHANA makes a huge impact on the lives of all students at BC. There are also other organizations on campus specifically for certain cultures or nationalities.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 77 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 77 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 30% Conservative
  • 35% Moderate
  • 14% Not sure
  • 17% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 78 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 77 responses

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

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 77 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 12% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 55% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 32% Very accepting.


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