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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not much diversity at Tulane. Much of the population is white, although there is a strong black and asian population.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: its a relatively homogenous place with alot of people from the northeast along with a lot of jewish american students. however it is not much of a problem for many who find diverse groups of people and friends

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not very economically or racially diverse, but not as bad politically as some colleges are

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is very little diversity on campus. Tulane could do with a little more multiculturalism.

1 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't much diversity on campus. That's one of Tulane's biggest flaws; however, there has been an active effort over the past couple of years... so only time will tell I guess?


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Lauren Toppenberg
Knoxville, TN
Spanish/Latin American Studies
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Does Tulane have a lot of diversity? The way you answer this question all depends on your past experiences. Naturally, if you went to an elitist private academy with less than a handful of minorities enrolled, you’ll get here and see a couple of African Americans and Indian students and will be amazed at the amount of diversity. However, if you went to an inner city high school or a public high school where the white population was slowly becoming a minority, you’ll come to Tulane and think this is the largest white population at a school you’ve seen in a long time. After all, the white population is 80 percent of the total.

Racially and ethnically, this school is lacking on diversity. There are a lot of strongly represented cultural organizations, but the numbers are small. IATU, Hillel, and the Catholic Center constantly advertise activities that their clubs are putting on each week; joining these groups, or at least going to one activity, will help you better understand different cultures and religions. It’s also a good way to meet new people in the fall semester. The diversity of Tulane comes from the amount of kids hailing from all over the country. You’ll have friends that live in California and Manhattan, and that in itself is somewhat diverse. Outside of the Tulane bubble, there is a city that is full of diversity and culture. New Orleans is predominantly African American, and there is also a notable population of Caucasians, Cajuns, and Creoles, among others. It is a type of diversity that is only found in this part of the country, and in a sense, city itself makes up for Tulane’s lack of diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 15%
18-19: 15%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 18%
25+: 24%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 7%
Native American: 0%
White: 71%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
MOSAIC is a gay-straight alliance club, and the dominant group on campus for promoting tolerance based on sexual orientation. New Orleans and Tulane are both fairly liberal climates, so sexuality isn't a broad problem on campus.
Political Activity
On average, Tulane is an apathetic campus. However, there is a large following with the College Republicans and Democrats, and the USG (Undergraduate Student Government) is taken seriously. If you're into politics, there are a lot of groups you can get involved with. The Newspaper, the Tulane Hullabaloo, is pretty liberal - especially the magazine The Arcade that comes out every other week. The Hullabaloo always devotes space to cover the weekly USG meeting, and has had articles about local and national politics. Tulane is mostly liberal, but if you are a Conservative you'll definitely find a big niche of your own.
Economic Status
You cannot go to school here without a scholarship and not be rich. With tuition and room and board costing nearly $50,000 a year, Tulane is extremely expensive. However, a lot of students here are here on scholarship, so there is a certain population of middle and lower class students.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism, Judaism, Protestantism
Minority Clubs on Campus
African American Congress of Tulane, Asian American Students United, Celtic Society, Indian Association of Tulane University, Latin American Student Association, Men of Color, MOSAIC, Muslim Education and Cultural Committee for Awareness, Multicultural Council, Muslim Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Tulane African Student Association, Tulane Chinese Student Association, Tulane Chinese Student & Scholars Association, Tulane University Vietnamese Associations, Students Organized Against Racism, Black Law Students Association, La Alianza del Derecho (Hispanic Law Organization), Latin American Medical Student Association, Pacific American Law Students Association, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Student National Medical Association, Tulane Asian Medical Student Association

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 53 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 38% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 53 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 17% Not sure
  • 40% Liberal
  • 4% 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 53 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 17% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 38% Very accepting.


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