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3 College Senior

Diversity: Honestly, NYU is majority rich white kids, and Asians.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity at NYU and there is a huge percentage of international students. The community is very accepting and liberal so there are rarely any challenges regarding differences. The only tension I ever notice is political.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There are what seems to be an infinite amount of different kinds of people at NYU. Everywhere you look there are international students and peers from all kinds of diverse backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of diversity, NYU really looks for people of different background, and being NYC, a lot of queer and unconventional people are attracted to the liberal atmosphere. But being an expensive school, there's a lot of rich kids here. Not everyone is, but NYU isn't known for it's generous scholarships.

5 College Junior

Diversity: We have people from all walks of life. They are all out there... well maybe except for Republicans. They are definitely out there, but few are brave enough to admit it in an almost completely liberal school.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Victoria Adesoba
Downtown Brooklyn
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No matter who you are or where you come from, there is a place for you at NYU. While it is true that most of the student body hails from New Jersey, Long Island, and LA, the student population represents an incredible range of cultures and backgrounds. The students at NYU do a great job of both enforcing and breaking stereotypes about race, gender, religion, and other categories. Students can choose to join one or several clubs based on their ethnicities and spend most of their time with people just like themselves, or they can opt to steer clear of organizations that are based on race and form their own circle of friends.

Being in New York City, NYU definitely represents the entire spectrum of types of people. While well-to-do white students may be the majority, there is some of everything. In its events, organizations, and academic programs, NYU gives all students the opportunity to move beyond their comfort zones, and meet new and different types of people. NYU is a great place to redefine yourself, and every day you see people all around you at various points in the process. Overall, you will find people of almost any race, religious belief, etc.; thus, NYU is often a very accommodating community.

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
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 19%
25+: 26%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 9%
Native American: 0%
White: 70%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
NYU is full of LGBT and ally students. The University supports them well with an active LGBT center that works with other campus organizations to facilitate programs like Safe Zone training. LGBT students are involved in all aspects of NYU, from politics and business to theatre and sports, and the majority of the student body is open and accepting.
Political Activity
NYU students love to protest. Whether it's over war, hunger in a foreign country, or the University president's policies, NYU students will be there in Washington Square Park or in front of a campus building with signs and megaphones.
Economic Status
With tuition as high as NYU's, quite a few students come from wealthy families, and those families support them generously while they study. Alongside a large affluent population, there are first generation college students and people putting themselves through school. NYU represents the whole range of socioeconomic possibilities, but the average student is upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
In a city like New York, you can find any religion you can imagine. Most students on campus claim to be Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs at NYU are proud organizations. From Afghan to Vietnamese and everything in between, there is a student group for every culture and country at NYU. Unlike high school, where people joined these clubs just to get in to college, all members genuinely want to be in the clubs.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 172 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 33% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 171 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 5% Moderate
  • 8% Not sure
  • 53% Liberal
  • 32% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 174 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 174 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% No
  • 17% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 50% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 6 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 33% Independent
  • 17% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 17% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 17% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 50% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 17% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 172 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 19% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 78% Very accepting.


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