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4 College Senior

Diversity: First: there is so much diversity on campus. So much. Yes, there is a large Jewish presence, but there's a ton of religious pluralism and respect on campus. We have Catholic, Protestant, Muslim and now Hindu chaplains right on campus. There's also a wonderful, active interfaith organization that runs events regularly. Brandeis is incredibly accepting of sexual orientations. We have students all over the LGBTQ* spectrum, and I have never witnessed or heard about any discrimination or harassment based on this. Instead, there are terrific queer resources and counseling, plus many pride events. Political diversity gets a little trickier. Brandeis has a reputation for being a progressive, liberal campus, and overall that's probably accurate. However, there's sometimes tension between the liberals and conservatives on campus and that can get very divisive. It causes tension, no doubt. Some of the university's actions tend to spark debate and disagreement sometimes, too. Professors are most often liberal, but don't discriminate or anything.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Just about every minority imaginable is well-represented and welcomed here

4 College Senior

Diversity: There are definitely people from all walks of life. What is particularly amazing, however, is how accepting everyone on campus is of diversity.

4 College Senior

Diversity: The campus actually has quite a bit of diversity. We have a lot of international students and students of different economic backgrounds. There are a lot of Jews but it balances out in other ways.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: No other campus will offer this student body diversity. Instead of a white majority, the majority is white jewish.


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Shannon Ingram
Floral Park, NY
Sociology/Hispanic Studies minor
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Over the past several years, the administration has been working hard to improve Brandeis' diversity, and it seems their efforts are paying off. While the University is still predominately Jewish, the non-Jewish population is rapidly expanding, and different groups are certainly making themselves heard. Brandeis is also a huge supporter of international students, especially at a graduate level, so more and more countries are represented on campus every year.

Overall, statistics show that Brandeis is a lot more diverse than most people think. The school has a decent percentage of minority students that is increasing. Brandeis enrolls students from almost every state and many foreign countries every year. It is possible meet so many people of different backgrounds during freshman year that you can’t help but feel that Brandeis is diverse.

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: 1%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 16%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 78%
Unknown: 6%
Gay Pride
The Brandeis gay community is very strong and very present. Gay students have the support of nearly all of the campus and are completely out and very accepted by most people. The Queer Resource Center, Triskelion, and Student Sexuality and Information Services are all dedicated to helping students with issues about their sexuality and constantly host speakers who talk about sexual identity. It is a very comfortable place for people who choose to come out. The gay community also throws some of the best parties at Brandeis.
Political Activity
One of the founding pillars of Brandeis is a commitment to social justice, and the student body takes that to heart. Brandeis is undeniably liberal and undeniably active in terms of politics. During the McCain-Obama presidential campaign, there was no visible showing of support for McCain, but Obama's popularity was overwhelming. Students stage protests when they are unhappy with the administration, hold rallies, attend war vigils, and always ask others to sign petitions or give to charity. There is a small but vocal conservative group on campus.
Economic Status
While it may seem at times as though everyone at Brandeis is wealthy, a closer look reveals that there actually is a great amount of economic diversity among the student body, thanks in part to Brandeis' generous financial aid packages. All socio-economic statuses are represented at Brandeis.
Most Common Religions
Depending on whom you talk to, they will either play up or play down Brandeis' Judaism, but it is an undeniable aspect of the school. The student body is about 50 percent Jewish, with 17 other religions represented on campus. While many students are culturally rather than religiously Jewish, there is a strong orthodox presence. There is a lull in activity every Friday night while students are in services. Christian and Muslim groups do manage to have a voice on campus, even if they are not as well funded as Jewish groups.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minorities have been making a lot of noise at Brandeis recently. The ICC (Intercultural Center) is the head of this group. But the BBSO (Brandeis Black Students Organization) and other Asian and Indian groups also pull great weight on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 46 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 37% Liberal
  • 22% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 2% Moderate
  • 4% Not sure
  • 44% Liberal
  • 49% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 45 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 44 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 46 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 17% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 80% Very accepting.
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