Hopkins students disagree about diversity at JHU. A survey showed that while many white students think that Hopkins is very diverse, minority students disagree. Hopkins has larger Asian and Indian populations and smaller African American and Hispanic populations. In addition, there are fewer students from Western Europe, and many more from Eastern Europe. The administration takes great pride in diversifying Hopkins and is always trying to maintain this diversity. Students also believe that the administration needs to work on integrating students of different races. As one student said, “The campus is diverse, though it can be segregated.” Some students choose not to learn about other cultures or become friends with people who are different from them, but there are many opportunities to develop a diverse group of friends at Hopkins.
Hopkins has a student body with a wide range of economic backgrounds, religions, political beliefs, and cultures and ethnicities. Hopkins has more racial diversity than other colleges in Baltimore, but it represents some minorities more significantly than others. The administration has been unable to break up cliques among people of the same ethnicity, and while some students like the ethnic bond, it makes other students feel excluded. Also, most students are from middle- to upper-middle-class families, which creates a feeling of separation between students and individuals who live in and around Baltimore. Students from many races will find organized student groups that celebrate the food, culture, and history of their ethnicity. Diversity is important, and the school is constantly working on it.