Diversity

Location
Storrs, CT
Undergrads
16,736
Tuition (in-state)
$29,074 ($11,242)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Diversity: A lot of exchange students. It is interesting to talk to kids who speak another language.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: UConn is a very diverse university, you see a wide variety of ethnicities, races, and religions. In fact, UConn's campus includes a church, mosque, and a synagog, which is really convenient for the students of UConn.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse with international students and a lot of ethnic diversity and religious diversity.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: This campus is a very diverse community with people from all over

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is plenty of diversity on Campus, but my particular group of friends is relatively homogeneous for no other reason than they live on my floor.

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  • 183rd
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  • 660th
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  • 1211st
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jordan Acker
Hometown
Harwinton, CT
Major
Journalism & Sociology
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There are 43 cultural organizations on campus. From Italy to Russia, Ireland to Korea, all of the major countries are covered, and if they’re not, get your friends together and start a new group! The same goes for religious groups. There are 22 religious organizations at UConn, most of which are Christian.

Diversity seems to be prevalent throughout dorm buildings, and the school promotes equality and acceptance of differences. This is obvious with the amount of organizations and events that cultural and religious groups throw. Despite UConn’s efforts to enhance cultural and geographic diversity in recent years, the campus is still predominantly white. This is mostly due to the fact that 67 percent of students are from Connecticut, which as a state, isn’t as diverse as others.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
7%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
63%
Unknown
12%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
29%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 15%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 9%
Native American: 0%
White: 73%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
The Rainbow Center is the organization on campus dedicated to creating a positive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning people at the University of Connecticut. The Rainbow Center is working to promote gay tolerance, but the campus is definitely not as open-minded about gay rights as they would like to be. Past students have reported harassment and fear of negativity toward their sexuality.
Political Activity
Political organizations are not as prevalent as other clubs on campus, with only 10 groups. The largest group is USG, the Undergraduate Student Government, which is the primary recognized voice of the students.
Economic Status
Figures would probably show the bulk of the students coming from traditional, New England middle-income families. However, economic status does not seem to define a student or the social scene at UConn.
Most Common Religions
There are 22 religious clubs on campus, but most of them are Christian. However, there is a Muslim Student Association and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of ethnicity-based clubs on campus, but some minority clubs are larger than others. The African American and Asian clubs are probably the most visible on campus, and usually participate in events such as those sponsored by SUBOG (Student Union Board of Governors).

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 101 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 100 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 36% Not sure
  • 34% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 100 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 99 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 101 responses

  • 3% 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.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 64% Very accepting.

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