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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Brown prides itself on its diversity and its students' ability to confront conflicts that arise out of these categories.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Brown could be more diverse, but compared to most other colleges, it is probably pretty diverse.

5 College Student

Diversity: Brown is extremely diverse! You are bound to meet people from all walks of life (ethnic, sexual, religious, national). Everyone is also very nice and accepting of differences. In general, it's just really cool to learn in such a diverse, beautiful place! If the College could improve, it would be in the areas of political and economic diversity though. Most students are left-leaning, and in general, students are pretty well off (especially transfers and internationals, since Brown is need-aware for them). That's pretty typical though

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5 College Senior

Diversity: As a student of color at Brown, I've felt that I've been met with nothing but acceptance.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: One of the best qualities of this school

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  • 9th
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  • 27th
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  • 1368th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Justin Kim
Austin, TX
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Brown makes an honest effort to promote socioeconomic diversity in the student body—the recent change to need-blind admissions is just one example of this goal. Also, a large endowment several years ago (the biggest single gift ever made to Brown) promises to preserve the goal of providing financial aid to deserving students. While the hard numbers indicate that there is a good deal of racial and economic diversity at Brown, the day-to-day interactions between students are the real test of diversity and tolerance at Brown. There a very few outright problems or public sentiments that indicate a lack of diversity at Brown. In spite of this, students do not necessarily integrate themselves in their social circles.

The University gives Brown the basic ingredients to enjoy diversity in political, economic, racial, and geographical areas. It also provides support for students who come from a variety of backgrounds. Regardless of background, every student will be in a situation where they are confronted with people and opinions that they have never experienced before coming here. The vocal nature of Brown students and the University’s outstanding policies, which protect freedom of student expression, mean that the school is as diverse as the students here make it.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 15%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 15%
Native American: 0%
White: 68%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Brown students and faculty are extremely receptive and friendly to all people, and there have been very few incidences of discrimination or hate crimes related to sexual orientation. The effort to promote queer politics and acceptance is spearheaded by the Queer Alliance. Twice a year, the organization hosts a huge dance that is among the most popular campus parties.
Political Activity
The majority of Brown students are very politically active. Many student groups form with a political focus, and acts to raise awareness for issues are commonplace in day-to-day life. Generally, the student body seems to lean more left. Although there is a small and vocal conservative voice, they are a clear minority. Even so, it is fully possible to go about life normally without any political involvement.
Economic Status
Brown recently made a major admissions policy change to accept students on a “need-blind” bases in order to promote quality of scholarship and demonstrated ability above affluence. However, the average Brown student comes from the upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Brown does not have a single predominant religion, and the majority of students claim to have no particular affiliation. However, sources show that some religious minorities have particularly high numbers at Brown. Services are provided for students of all religions; they list Bahat, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Sikhism as the most popular Brown faiths.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Third World Center at Brown was created in 1976 to meet the needs of all minority students and promote racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown community. Minority students receive a great deal of support from the Third World Transition Program: the presence of Minority Peer Councelors in freshmen dorms, student publications such as the African Sun and Somos, and program houses such as Harambee House. There are also plenty student organizations for a number of minority groups and their subsets.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 41 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 15% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 44% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 5% Moderate
  • 5% Not sure
  • 40% Liberal
  • 48% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 40 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 40 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 41 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 10% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 85% Very accepting.



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