Diversity

Location
Boston, MA
Undergrads
14,135
Tuition
$40,086
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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5 College Senior

Diversity: The diversity on campus is astounding. There are so many different people and cultures to learn from and become immersed in.

4 College Junior

Diversity: At Northeastern, you run into a wide range of people regarding ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, and lifestyle.

College Junior

Diversity: I am a distant learner.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: much diversity. all are accepted and treated equally

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where the culture is about as diverse as the dairy aisle in a grocery store. In comparison, Northeastern is basically a melting pot. Most students are fairly wealthy because, let's face it, it isn't a cheap university. But, there is a huge community of international students which really adds a lot of flavor. I'm friends with people of many different religious backgrounds, cultural backgrounds, sexualities, etc.

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  • 146th
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  • 147th
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  • 1250th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jenn Sinrich
Hometown
Swampscott, MA
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2012
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Northeastern places a strong emphasis on diversity, which certainly complements the fact that it is an urban campus in a large city. This diversity can be seen in the various races and nationalities of the student population, the wide array of student groups, and the several study abroad and overseas internship opportunities. There is truly something for everyone at Northeastern, and the University embraces and encourages diverse interests, choices, and ideals. The political activity on campus is prevalent and representative of the major political beliefs across the nation. The political organizations include the College Democrats, College Republicans, United Nations Association, and Young Americans for Liberty at Northeastern University. While the political influence on campus is respectful and certainly not overwhelming, it is a vibrant part of student life. 

Northeastern has various gay and lesbian organizations that are active on campus. Every year, Northeastern hosts its annual Pride Week, which is a week-long series of events that celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students. The goal of Pride Week is to raise awareness within the Northeastern community, as well as the general population, in an effort to gain acceptance and understanding for all. Religious organizations also play a large role on campus. The Spiritual Life Center is home to several diverse religious and spiritual groups including the Catholic Student Association, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Hillel, NU Hindu Student Association, Islamic Society, and many more. Religious groups are prevalent and reach out to students who are interested in participating.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
5%
International
16%
Native American
0%
White
48%
Unknown
15%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
77%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 24%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Northeastern has NU Pride, which is the group for bisexual, lesbian, and gay students. Being gay is no big deal at all at NU or in Boston.
Political Activity
Northeastern students tend to lean toward the liberal end of the spectrum, though you can certainly find Republicans among the student body, as well. The NU Democrats and NU Republicans are two student groups that are very active around campus and are particularly visible around elections.
Economic Status
Northeastern is an expensive school, but the vast majority of the student body receives financial aid. Some students are really poor, and others are astonishingly rich. Chances are, you'll find someone from every economic group.
Most Common Religions
Northeastern has its own Spiritual Life Center (SLC), where many religious groups hold meetings. Yoga sessions-which are sometimes offered for free-are frequently taught at the SLC, as well. Nearly every religious group is represented on Northeastern's campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Barkada, Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA), Haitian Student Unity, NU Hillel, Hindu Vedic Vision Society (HVVS), and Latin American Student Organization (LASO) are just a few of the popular minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 111 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 39% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 111 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 20% Not sure
  • 36% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 112 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 112 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 112 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 72% Very accepting.

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