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Diversity: Coming from a predominantly white, straight, Christian, middle-class, Republican, omnivorous area, I thought it was so interesting to suddenly be surrounded by all sorts of ethnicities, sexual identities, religions, economic backgrounds, and mostly Democrats. It has been an amazing learning experience for me. However, I have heard from a few people who identify as queer that the campus is not entirely receptive to people trying to come out.

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Kristen McCarthy
Mahwah, N.J.
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Depending upon students' personal experience, some students think that Princeton is very diverse, and others think that there are few minorities at all. While not all students believe that Princeton is diverse, it is impossible to deny the range of student groups available to promote diversity awareness.

Princeton is not as diverse as some other Ivy League schools, but the school's demographics are diverse considering the racial and economic makeup of the surrounding town. Diversity at Princeton is starting to improve, because the University has recently instituted a no-loan financial aid program, which ensures that all financial aid will be given in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid. An increasing number of discussion forums have also helped raise awareness of campus diversity issues.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 14%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 25%
Native American: 0%
White: 62%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Generally, the Princeton community is accepting of gay students, as seen by the popularity of Pride Alliance events. However, there is the occasional incident, such as anti-gay graffiti, that reminds students of a very small un-accepting minority.
Political Activity
The majority of Princeton students do not engage in campus political activity on a regular basis, but there is an active debate group, the Whig-Cliostrophic Society. The College Republicans and College Democrats also draw an energetic membership. There has also been a recent influx of campus political publications, notably the Princeton Tory, a conservative thought magazine. With so many Princeton alumni going into politics and so many politicians sending their children to Princeton, election time is always interesting.
Economic Status
Even though Princeton has the reputation for being an elitist institution, Princeton attracts students of all economic backgrounds because of its recent no-loan program. Rather than forcing students to leave school debt-ridden, Princeton now awards financial aid grants.
Most Common Religions
Princeton has several very visible campus religious groups, such as Agape, Athletes in Action, and the Center for Jewish Life. Princeton’s Religious Life Office gives students many on-campus options and outlets for religious practice, including weekly meditation and prayer meetings in the University’s recently renovated chapel.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Sampling of Campus groups, such as Princeton South Asian Theatrics and Naacho, have helped raise awareness of minorities on campus. The Black Student Union has a board in Frist that allows for better publicity of minority events on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 50% Moderate
  • 22% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 17 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 6% Not sure
  • 47% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 19 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 18 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 17 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 41% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 53% Very accepting.
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