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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is very diverse but students tend to be more clique

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm not a big fan of it, but it seems moderately diverse.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: My groups of friends vary but across the board the people I know at DePaul are very diverse. It ranges in people, heritage, religion, and background experiences. I have learned so much about others and their lives since joining the DePaul community.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: DePaul's student population as well as faculty and staff are very liberal and sort of discriminant towards those who are not.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on my campus is very balanced. Their are a lot of people who freely express their sexual orientation and do not care what others think. Meanwhile their are students who keep their sexual orientation confidential because they are afraid of being judged. I attend a private catholic school and on that campus many students are always passing out flyers on how people should attend meetings on LGBT to help everyone be at peace and that everyone is one person. People tend to ignore these flyers and carry on with their daily lives. If people would just take a minute to look at something passed out to them or even accept other peoples feelings and not judge things would run more smoothly on campuses and everywhere else.


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  • 61st
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  • 99th
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  • 1299th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristian Gist
Cleveland, Ohio
Business Management and Hospitality Leadership
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A main thing students will hear during their time at DePaul is that the University is diverse—and it's true. The student body is economically, ethnically, ideologically, morally, politically, religiously, sexually, and socially diverse. Regardless of your background or beliefs, you can be confident about coming to DePaul because there is a place for everyone here.

You will probably find the most diversity within the classroom, so if you want to take full advantage of the different kinds of people at DePaul, it’s essential to pay attention to your fellow classmates. Unless you really want to join a wide variety of student organizations, which is relatively impossible for most due to the time constraints of a college student’s schedule, the classroom will probably be the most diverse aspect of your college experience at DePaul. Professors always make sure that their classroom is a place where students can feel comfortable expressing their opinions, and many students say they learn more about particular subjects because of the diverse atmosphere, which leads to interesting class discussions.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 24%
25+: 24%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 71%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
Despite what might be the expected norm of a private Catholic university, gay pride is fairly strong on campus. In fact, the affiliated organizations do the best job of making their events inclusive to the entire student body, not just members of the particular demographic, which other minority groups sometimes do. Most DePaul students are very liberal and open minded, which definitely helps the LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and ally) community feel welcome and accepted at the University. There are a number of student organizations, activist groups, and support groups available to the homosexual community at DePaul, as well as a very successful LGBTQ studies major and minor program.
Political Activity
The political activity at DePaul is very apparent. There is a large liberal majority and a small conservative minority-both of which hold their own equally well in DePaul's political forums. DePaul students, regardless of political views, pride themselves on their awareness of the political state of the world and their keen sense of their individual place in it. It's pretty difficult to avoid the political activism on campus-although it appears that most students don't want to. There is almost always a march, protest, service day, or vigil going on somewhere on or affiliated with campus at any given time. DePaul's political scene is definitely a huge part of campus life.
Economic Status
The high cost of tuition in combination with the large amount of scholarship money the University distributes each year makes for a rather split student population, as far as economic status goes. While it often feels as though DePaul's campus is primarily upper-middle to upper-class students, there are probably just as many less-fortunate students, as well. DePaul is rather divided between suburban students from wealthy families and inner-city students from much poorer conditions. The economic status of each individual student, however, doesn't seem to affect the campus on a daily basis, and other than some pretty obvious stereotypes, students remain relatively unaware of the financial backgrounds of their fellow students.
Most Common Religions
DePaul is a Catholic university, but it welcomes students from all faiths and provides space on campus for students of a wide variety of religions. There are a number of religious, spiritual, and sacred spaces on campus for students or religion-affiliated student organizations to gather, reflect, or pray. DePaul's University Ministry Office sponsors and supports a number of organizations, including the Catholic Student Union, DePaul Gospel Choir, Divine Living Word, DePaul Hillel, LIFT-Living In Faith Together, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, United Muslims Moving Ahead, The Well, and Zen Buddhist Meditation. DePaul celebrates the diversity of religions on campus and offers weekly gatherings for each of the religious groups represented. Oftentimes, in accordance with the essential Vincentian values of DePaul, many of the religious organizations on campus also maintain a strong focus on community service, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are clubs and organizations for any minority group you could possibly think of-and, more often than not, there is more than one for every scene. There is at least one organization for every major ethnic group on campus and a lot of the less-obvious ones, as well. It seems as though every organization is regularly planning something, and events are well advertised on campus. A downside to the ethnic and minority scenes on campus is that students often seem to self-segregate themselves-but with so many organizations hosting so many different events at the same time, it's almost difficult not to. Check out DePaul's Office of Student Life for a complete student organization list and the contact information of each group.
Did You Know?
DePaul University was one of the first Catholic universities to allow women to seek higher education.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 122 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 39% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 122 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 20% Not sure
  • 44% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 122 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 122 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 123 responses

  • 2% 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.
  • 23% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 74% Very accepting.



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