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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Pretty diverse. Lots of recent conversation on the topic, so everyone is aware. Some cases of intolerance but those people are seriously frowned upon

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have a pretty diverse campus at Northwestern. While we could benefit from a more accurate stance on diversity from our school (i.e. fewer than 30% Jewish students, more than 5-7% African-American and Hispanic students), you're bound to have a friend who looks, acts and believes different things from you.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Compared to other schools its great but theres still work to be done.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We are a very accepting and diverse campus. I have yet to see anyone discriminating against because of their background.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Northwestern has a very diverse student body. In my suite, there are people from Maine, New Orleans, Chicago, London, Shanghai, Bejing, and Singapore. We all come from very different cultural backgrounds and love learning about each others' lives. Almost every ethnic group is represented as well as most religions (as evidenced by the diversity of student organizations). There is surprisingly quite a range of economic diversity, despite Northwestern's cost; there are kids from poor Chicago neighborhoods as well as kids of millionaires abroad. Yet everyone has common dreams, goals, and work ethics, making our community really great.

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Shayna Starr
Houston, Texas
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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 22%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 17%
25+: 37%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 14%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
One student group, Rainbow Alliance, addresses gay issues. Students on campus are usually pretty accepting of the gay community.
Political Activity
College Democrats, College Republicans, and Campus Greens/Activists are all student groups on campus, so there's a place for you, regardless of your political views.
Economic Status
It's relatively high-end, considering NU is a pricey, private institution. However, 14 percent of students in the Class of 2015 were Pell Grant recipients, which is a common identifier of lower-income students. This number seems to rise yearly.
Most Common Religions
Mostly Christian, Catholic, or Jewish
Minority Clubs on Campus
Several minority clubs are active on campus, including Alianza, For Members Only (FMO), Korean American Students Association (KASA), South Asian Student Alliance, and NU Thai Club. The clubs are very active in advertising their events. There are even a few minority a cappella groups, including Brown Sugar, Treblemakers, and Quad-A.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 63 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 32% Liberal
  • 21% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 63 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 19% Moderate
  • 6% Not sure
  • 62% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 56 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 56 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 64 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 55% Very accepting.
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