Stanford, CA
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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus is extremely diverse in all aspects. This is fueled by the large number of international students at the school. However outside of Greek organizations the different groups tend to stick together within their own social circles and very few branch out.

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4 College Student

Diversity: Diversity is key and is valued as such.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: All groups are represented and welcomed.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: On the whole, people are very supportive of sexual orientation (evidenced by our strong LGBTQ community). Discussion of politics, religion, and socioeconomic background are not particularly common, but on the whole students are very accepting of people across the spectrum in those areas.

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4 College Student

Diversity: This school is much more diverse than my high school.


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  • 12th
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  • 66th
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  • 1327th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alexandria Butler
St. Louis, MO
Communications, Spanish
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Stanford is known for its large unique population. White students are only a 34 percent majority, and other minority groups such as black, Hispanic, and Native American are represented in huge numbers compared to other schools. Stanford does not participate in Affirmative Action; the admissions committee works hard to make sure the school is diverse with qualified students. 

Diversity at Stanford is not just defined by race and ethnicity; it is also defined by socioeconomic level, first generation college, foster care, places of residence, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation. With many community centers, cultural-themed dorms, and diverse faculty members, Stanford celebrates uniqueness. If you are excited to be immersed in an environment with every kind of person from every kind of background, then Stanford is for you. There is no one right answer or one right opinion.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 19%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 22%
25+: 37%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 16%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 63%
Unknown: 16%
Gay Pride
The campus and surrounding communities are highly accepting of gay students. There are support groups on campus, such as QSA (Queer Straight Alliance), and the gay community is relatively visible within Stanford. There are gay parties, and one co-op unofficially serves as a center for gay students who want to live together.
Political Activity
Most students identify as left/liberal or apathetic. There are relatively few protests, though a few professors and students will put together occasional rallies for or against various political issues. Despite the overwhelming liberal tendencies, there is actually an active pocket of budding young Republicans who get moral support from the Hoover Institution-a conservative academic group on campus.
Economic Status
Stanford certainly makes an effort to diversify, not only in racial and ethnic terms, but also in regards to economic status. There are some very poor students here, but also some extremely rich ones. Your average Stanford student is upper-middle class, but you will find a range of financial levels. Your roommate could be first generation college and your classmate could be royalty.
Most Common Religions
Christianity (Protestant and Catholic), Judaism, Islam
Minority Clubs on Campus
Most minorities at Stanford have some form of a community center and many associated clubs. There are ethnic political groups and organizations (MEChA, NAACP), and there are also many ethnic Greek, business, and religious organizations.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 48 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 35% Moderate
  • 29% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 48 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 6% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 21% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 47 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 47 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 47 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.
  • 11% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 87% Very accepting.
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