Diversity is a touchy subject at Northwestern. Many people would be quick to talk about the large numbers of Asian and Indian students, most notably, the international students. Northwestern boasts a student body that hails from 30 countries and all 50 states, but the African American and Hispanic populations are noticeably smaller. For the most part, students are very accepting of the minority populations, whether they are racial, sexual, or economic. Northwestern does have a very steep tuition, but financial aid and other government grants allow for a student body that is very economically diverse. Unlike racial diversity, these differences are harder to spot, and everyone blends together from an outsider’s perspective. But for students in lower-income brackets, Northwestern students from other economic brackets can seem a bit spoiled. Hopefully, Northwestern will take measures to ease these tensions soon.
Minority social groups are very prominent on campus. The support groups range from the Multicultural Greek Council and ethnic a cappella groups to publications like NU Asian Magazine and BlackBoard Magazine. Other groups include Alianza (for Hispanic students), For Members Only (for black students), South Asian Student Alliance (SASA), African Students Association (ASA), and others. The multitude of multicultural student groups on campus provides good support to students who may feel lost in the shuffle.