Diversity

Location
Chicago, IL
Undergrads
5,377
Tuition
$41,853
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There's aggressive acceptance of anyone, and a variety of different nationalities, ethnicities, sexualities, gender identities, economic statuses, etc.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's a really diverse campus, which can afford those who need the support of their own community to find it while also exposing people to a large variety of backgrounds, which is really cool. It's a great experience.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is definitely a lot of white people, and finding those in niches is not that easy, but clubs exist to bring them together.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many types of people to meet here on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: You'll meet every kind of person here. There are plenty of upperclass students, but there are certainly also less wealthy students.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 47th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 102nd
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  • 1345th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Liane Rousseau
Hometown
Cincinnati, Ohio
Major
English Language and Literature
Grad Year
2012
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You won’t find a campus more diverse than at the University of Chicago. There are people on campus from all backgrounds and ethnicities. The school attracts a lot of international students. Chances are, you’ll have class with someone from a different country. Having so much diversity on campus is a huge advantage for students. They can expand their worldviews and learn about new cultures simply by talking to their classmates. Beyond ethnic diversity, there is also a lot of variety in people’s beliefs and lifestyles. The entire campus is very religiously tolerant. Students of different religions tend to cluster together to celebrate their faith. Bond Chapel, located on the main quad, holds several services throughout the day for each group. In addition, you’ll find every political view known to man at the University. There’s always a chance for you to learn about different political alignments in presentations and RSO (recognized student organization) meetings. The school is very tolerant of differences in sexualities, too. The Office of LGBTQ Student Life has a large presence on campus and throws quarterly events to raise awareness.

The University doesn’t tolerate any kind of hate crimes. If you ever feel that you’ve been a victim of prejudice, there is a Bias Response Team hotline that is available 24/7; they’ll help you work through the incident. The University wants to have a tolerant and diverse atmosphere for its students. Just walk out of your dorm room, and you’ll see the school has succeeded.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
14%
Hispanic
9%
International
10%
Native American
0%
White
40%
Unknown
13%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
87%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 20%
22-24: 17%
25+: 42%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 15%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 16%
Native American: 0%
White: 62%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus is extremely tolerant of different sexual orientations. The Office of LGBTQ Student Life has a big presence and oversees several RSOs in which students can participate. They throw annual events like "Drag Ball" to help raise awareness and gay pride on campus. Also, if you are ever confused about your orientation or experiences you might be having, the office is open for counseling. In general, people at the University of Chicago are very tolerant of each other's lifestyles and show the LGBTQ community a lot of support.
Political Activity
At the University, you will find students with a right-wing extremist view all the way to the far left with the hippies and communism. The range of political affiliation is endless. There are organizations that support various views, like the College Republicans. You can also hear speakers from various parties give presentations throughout the quarter. The rest of the student body is incredibly tolerant of other political views. You might see some people getting into a heated argument over health care policies, but in the end, students just love to debate different ideas, and the wide spectrum of political views gives them a chance to do just that.
Economic Status
Because Chicago has a need-blind admissions policy, there are people from every economic background imaginable. The University works to provide a lot of financial aid and work-study programs so people from lower-income households are able to attend. You will have some trust-fund babies, but no one really flaunts their wealth or judges people based on economic status.
Most Common Religions
No matter what religion you practice, or if you practice none at all, there is a place for you at the University of Chicago. Some of the most popular places are the Calvert House for Catholics, the synagogue for Jews, and the mosque for Muslims. Bond Chapel also hosts daily services for a variety of religions. If you don't subscribe to any one belief, that's also OK; there are groups that are dedicated solely to spirituality rather than a recognized faith. If you are an atheist, there is also an RSO for you. Overall, if religion is a big part of your life, it can certainly remain so at the University. If it's not, there are a ton of chances for you to become more involved or you can just avoid it completely.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a ton of different RSOs for minority students, all under the umbrella of OMSA, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. This office grew from the Coordinating Council for Minority Issues, and today works to support the academic success of students of color at the University and to create a more inclusive campus. The office also hosts several meetings and events each quarter to raise cultural awareness on campus.
Did You Know?
If a student ever feels like he or she is the victim of a hate crime, the Bias Response Team hotline is available 24/7 to aid the student. The number is (773) 702-2427.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 51 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 41% Liberal
  • 16% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 54 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 11% Moderate
  • 2% Not sure
  • 61% Liberal
  • 22% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 46 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 45 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 52 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 15% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 77% Very accepting.
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