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3 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is a very accepting one, and none of my ethnic or international friends have ever felt discriminated against.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's diverse in some ways, not in others.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is very little diversity on this campus, and this is an issue they have been struggling with for a while. I have spoken with international students, and many of them worry that they were only brought here to provide diversity for the white students. The dining hall looks almost segregated, with all the athletes towards one and and all the international/ethnic students at the other end.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Conn brags about being very diverse, but it is still majority white students. Although most people are pretty racially accepting, students of minority ethnicities and nationalities tend to hang out together.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: For a small Liberal Arts school the diversity is a terrific. Its something that the school has made a commitment to; the class of 2017 is the most diverse yet.


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  • 203rd
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Andrew Patton
Montclair, N.J.
Government and American Studies
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Diversity is difficult to measure at Connecticut College. While the school can't boast a high percentage of nonwhite students like some of its peer institutions, the spirit of diversity is at the heart of the Conn experience. Almost daily, there are dialogues, lectures, and presentations on topics ranging from affirmative action, to white privilege, to the experience of interracial dating on campus. The cultural groups are completely inclusive in their membership and are a strong force on campus life. There is even talk of including a diversity class in the General Education requirements, which would require students to take a class about another culture before they graduate. Simply put, Conn values diversity and is aware of the importance of race and culture in all aspects of students' education.

Students do have a point when they complain that the campus feels white, which at times can lead to homogeneity of option. Conn certainly needs to take a hard look at diversity in its faculty in order to increase the different perspectives that students are exposed to in the classroom. But to only complain is to close your eyes to the benefits Conn has to offer. Because of its small size, it would take self-segregation to attend Conn for four years and not befriend students, faculty, and staff from different cultures around the world. And when you want to go to study in another part of the world, there are some incredible study abroad options available.

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: 2%
18-19: 47%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 6%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus is very accepting of all sexual orientations and transgender and questioning students. A student group called Sexual Orientations United for Liberation (S.O.U.L.) acts as supporting group for its members.
Political Activity
The political temperature of Connecticut College is decidedly liberal, but many students are apathetic and apolitical. The most active political groups are the College Democrats, the College Republicans, and the outspoken CC LEFT.
Economic Status
Conn is a very expensive school, so most students predominately come from well-to-do backgrounds. Some of the students drive nicer cars than the faculty.
Most Common Religions
Most students are not outwardly religious, but there is a sizable population of Christians. Catholic masses, Protestant worship services, and Baptist Bible Study are held every week, as well as a Shabbat Dinner for the Jewish community. Other religions represented include Hinduism, Islam, and paganism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
It's impossible to miss Conn's minority groups because they constantly sponsor lectures, dialogues, dances, parties, and vigils. Some current minority groups are ATLAS, CCASA, I-Pride, La Unidad, Umoja, and the USSC.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 53% Liberal
  • 20% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 15 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 20% Not sure
  • 60% Liberal
  • 20% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 14 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 14 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 14 responses

  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 50% Very accepting.
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