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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's better than most schools. Half the population is Caucasian but I see a lot of Indians, Asians and African Anerucans on campus.

4 College Senior

Diversity: The inter nation student bodies are really active.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Many students are of a minority and I have never experienced an altercation that was racially or ethnically driven. Everyone in the student body is extremely respectful and accepting of one another.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Drexel is very diverse and accepting!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Great diversity I don't really see a dominating presence of a certain ethnic group around campus although the engineering department definitely is dominated by asians


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  • 265th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marina Lamanna
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Drexel's diversity plays a strong role in the college experience, making its students more worldly through their exposure to people of all backgrounds, including international students. This valuable exposure and interaction comes about in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, especially those related to community service, which are very popular at Drexel. The professors are diverse, as well, which certainly helps this cause.

Although Drexel students do get a lot of insight into other cultures in class and on campus, it is disappointing to see that many Drexel students, like most normal college students, usually limit their social groups to those of similar backgrounds. However, it is not that uncommon to see an interracial couple or a small group of friends that is ethnically diverse. Frat parties, on the other hand, are usually more racially/ethnically common. While Drexel has a diverse student body with respect to race and ethnicity, it is not very socioeconomically diverse. Unfortunately, the sky-high tuition only attracts a higher socioeconomic level.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 26%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
The campus is generally accepting of its gay students. In 2012, many gay students and supporters took part in a parade and protest against a Chick-fil-A panel being held on campus.
Political Activity
Most students are politically liberal. However, there is very little political activity on campus. Most students are uninterested in political activism. The administration does not support political activity and will not fund student groups that have what they deem is "a political focus."
Economic Status
Drexel has students from diverse economic backgrounds. The majority is in the range of lower- to upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
There is a vast array of religions practiced on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of minority clubs on campus, like Asian Students Association, Filipino Intercultural Society of Drexel University (FISDU), Hellenic Society, Japanese Undergraduate Student Association, Malaysian Students Association, Vietnamese Student Association, and West Indian Student Establishment (WISE), just to name a few.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 109 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 32% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 109 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 27% Not sure
  • 30% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 109 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 109 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 110 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 37% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 60% Very accepting.



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