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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is no typical student. We all come from very different backgrounds and are interested in different subjects. I've met many interesting people in my time here.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: No two of my friends are from the same place, of the same race or have the same income. That's a huge reason why I love my school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: LOTS of people at BU are super filthy rich, like richer than I had ever experienced at home. It's really strange at first. But most people I met didn't really care about how much money I had; both of us being at BU seemed to level the playing field some.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It is very diverse in every way.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of international students and the student body is overall a pretty accepting group of people.

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  • 104th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Stephanie Santana
Queens, NY
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According to the statistics, the majority of the Boston University population is made up of white, middle- to upper-class students. Nevertheless, many students report a large amount of personal exposure to minority groups on campus, which may be due to the size of the University, where even small percentages of students may seem like a whole lot of people. Depending on your classes, participation in campus events, and choice of social scene, you may or may not feel the effects of the comparatively low percentages of minority groups.

BU has a good reputation established in other parts of the world, so there are a large number of European students who attend BU, many of whom flock to the School of Management (SMG). Many of these individuals are found lining the perimeter of this building on any given day, clad in Gucci and D&G, smoking Marlboro Menthol 100s, and leaning against a newly waxed BMW—corporate America’s young hopefuls.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 11%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 25%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
BU has been in the spotlight for the surprisingly conservative views of the administration. While no student group within the University at the college level of education has been abolished, the gay activist group at the BU Academy (a high-school functioning under BU’s administration—a breeding ground for potential applicants), was banned from operation in several years ago. According to former BU President John Silber, these students were simply “too young” to explore any sexuality, let alone of the gay variety. This move brought a lot of negative attention to the University, and a gay professor in the Physical Education department resigned in protest of the ban. In general, however, there sometimes seem to be more gay men on campus than straight ones. The lesbian scene is slightly more concealed but definitely prevalent. Boston tends to be extremely tolerant to all forms of sexuality.
Political Activity
Political groups on campus tend to be more prevalent on campus during times of political distress in the world. While the student body is largely liberal, with a strong Democratic college chapter, there is an equally prevalent Republican college chapter on campus. BU also has many active political organizations that cover a wide range of issues including the ACLU, the Darfur Coalition and a newly formed Women's Center.
Economic Status
BU students span a wide range of economic backgrounds. However, the majority of students are middle- to upper-class.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism is the most prevalent religion on campus. There are also quite a few Protestants, Jews, and students who claim no religious affiliation.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a club or organization working to represent nearly every minority that is found on campus. While some are certainly more visible than others, the amount of activity is the result of the effort put forth by the members of the individual group. Due to the size of the University, there is literally something for everyone.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 112 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 37% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 112 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 14% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 46% Liberal
  • 16% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 114 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 113 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 5 responses

  • 80% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 113 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 22% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 73% Very accepting.


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