Diversity

Location
Gainesville, FL
Undergrads
30,241
Tuition (in-state)
$28,420 ($6,143)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I'm asian and have many cultural differences with most of my friends, however I have never received any negativity or experienced racism. The economic and political sphere seem to be a little more homogenous, shifted to upper middle class and republican. Religions are diverse but there are many are believers of different variations of Christianity.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's diverse once you seek diversity

4 College Junior

Diversity: At the University of Florida, the campus is very accepting

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UF definitely isn't the most diverse school in the country, but there is a good mix of cultures and backgrounds here. In addition, you can find a club or group for pretty much any race, religion, or sexual orientation if you'd like to.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone at UF is very open to gaining more knowledge about others religious backgrounds, culture, and heritage. No matter if your white, black, or Asian, you will have no problem finding a supportive diverse group of friends.

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  • 166th
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  • 514th
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  • 1229th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Chris Kirschner
Hometown
Bronx, NY
Major
Journalism
Grad Year
2014
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All kinds of people—not just different races, but different religions, backgrounds, nationalities, sexual orientations, and political inclinations—live and study at UF quite peacefully. There are students from every state in the union, and more than 100 countries are represented—groups, observances, and events are held to celebrate every last one. Islam On Campus holds prayer sessions, Alpha Kappa Alpha brings black women together in the bonds of sisterhood, and don’t forget about the Hare Krishnas on campus, who provide unlimited lunch every day for only $4.

This does not mean, of course, that people don’t rally for even greater diversity, and regardless of the fact that Florida has abolished affirmative action in state universities, it seems like things are getting more diverse all of the time. It’s true that the majority of UF students are white kids from Florida, but that’s not the only (or most interesting) way to look at it; it’s more fun, and maybe more relevant, to recognize that every student is going to bring something different to the table (speaking of which, there are a lot of tables to sit at; you make a big school small by getting to know people and becoming involved with a variety of little groups). At any rate, a UF student might be black, brown, red, yellow, or white, but the important thing is that everyone bleeds orange and blue, baby.

Facts & Statistics

African American
9%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
17%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
59%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
11%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 23%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
LGBT Affairs is very well-organized and far-reaching. April is Pride Awareness Month at UF.
Political Activity
You should expect to be accosted numerous times a day during any student government election. Students take politics seriously, and you'll notice that during any campaigning month.
Economic Status
It's largely middle class, although there seems to be a fair-sized group of the extremely well-off and a slightly smaller group of those who aren't. At UF, it can be harder to tell the differences than it was in high school.
Most Common Religions
UF is home to one of the world's largest Jewish student populations (although it does not constitute the majority of students), and there is a variety of active Christian and Muslim groups, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
In all seriousness, UF has practically any ethnicity- or religion-based club you could think of, and if it's not available, you can start one up. There are quite a few fraternities and sororities with members mostly of one ethnicity or religion, as well.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 20% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 264 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 17% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 24% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 264 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 25% Not sure
  • 31% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 267 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 267 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% No
  • 20% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Republican
  • 20% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 67% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 20% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 0% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 40% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 265 responses

  • 1% 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.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 58% Very accepting.

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