Syracuse, NY
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3 College Junior

Diversity: Most students are from white upper class republican families. It isn't always easy to spot someone who comes for middle or lower class and I don't think that is such a big deal on the campus. Regarding religion and sexual orientation, the majority of the campus is accepting and willing to help make a change in how other people look at them.

College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is amazing and you get to meet people from all over the world which is amazing

3 College Junior

Diversity: My school has some diversity but you can still see the same type of people that have the same economic and racial background. However, I believe my school is very accepting of different types of ethnicities and backgrounds. I have never felt any prejudice or discrimination as a latina female.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Not a diverse school. Rich white kids make up most.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The out reach of the SU community for diversity is scarce because a lot of the different groups stick with one another instead of branching out to other ethnicities.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Marshal Yong
New York City
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SU, like most colleges, likes to brag about having a culturally-diverse student body. Although Syracuse may not be the most diverse campus around, there are a significant number of minority students here. That said, pure numbers and statistics do not determine the true diversity level on a college campus; intermingling between cultures is what's important. However, Syracuse, like many other "diverse" universities, shows a distinct lack of social interaction between people of different backgrounds. Whether it is in the student center or in the extracurricular activities students chose to participate in, the separation is evident, despite the University's best efforts to promote cultural unity. On the other hand, though, students of different economic backgrounds mesh together here quite well.

There is, however, a great number or clubs and organizations that cater to minority students. Black and Latino fraternities are an influential force in bringing dances and speakers to SU. Places like the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Resource Center and the Winnick Hillel Center are key elements of the SU community, and they are welcome to everyone, not just people that fit their respective group interests. Also, majors like Middle Eastern, Native American, African American, and Latino American studies are seeing a rise in student interest.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 17%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 7%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
You won’t find many acts of intolerance against homosexuals at SU. The city of Syracuse has a fairly active gay community, both politically and socially, as there are many clubs aimed toward gays in the area. At SU, there is a Pride Union, as well as a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) resource center on campus.
Political Activity
There are a bunch of political groups on campus. They tend to be more prevalent on campus during times of political distress in the world beyond SU. Due to the recent events in the U.S., the political scene has dramatically increased in visibility.
Economic Status
Although students come from many different economic and social backgrounds, the majority of students at SU fall either in the middle- or upper-middle-class category. Being a private school, and an expensive one at that, it leads to this distinction. Interaction between castes, however, has never been an issue.
Most Common Religions
There is a large variety when it comes to religion, as well. Although SU probably has more Jewish students than most colleges, the percentage is not overwhelming one way or the other. There are many churches within walking distance of the campus, as well as a few temples and one mosque. The new Winnick Hillel Center has boosted interest in the Jewish organization.
Minority Clubs on Campus
SU has an abundance of clubs that cater to very specific groups. Such clubs as the African Students Union, Asian Students in America, Association of International Students, and Caribbean Students Association are just some of the many clubs aimed at minorities. However, there are also clubs like the Multiracial Experience and Students Advocating Multicultural Equality that bring cultures and races together.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 119 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 24% Moderate
  • 41% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 119 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 30% Not sure
  • 29% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 121 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 118 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 118 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 12% 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.
  • 50% Very accepting.


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