Diversity

Location
Amherst, MA
Undergrads
20,306
Tuition (in-state)
$26,830 ($13,415)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a wide range of people, and everyone I have met so far has been extremely tolerant.

3 College Student

Diversity: every shape and size at umass

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: very few blacks besides the sports teams.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Varied economic backgrounds. Similar political beliefs. Some ethnic/racial diversity.

5 College Junior

Diversity: there are students from all over the world

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Leah Kahan
Hometown
New York City
Major
Communications
Grad Year
2015
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UMass is fairly diverse, and there are many cultural groups to get involved with on campus. The quality of education at any school increases with the level of diversity, and UMass definitely benefits from this reality. Professors here frequently take advantage of this situation to explore the relevancy of others cultures in everyone's lives. Although predominantly a white population, 28 different countries were represented by the students at graduation. Women slightly outnumber men at UMass, so no one should have an excuse. The diversity this campus offers in the middle of such a non-diverse region is an important theme here at UMass.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
5%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
67%
Unknown
14%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
27%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 39%
22-24: 13%
25+: 9%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 11%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 4%
Gay Pride
The homosexual community at UMass is quite prevalent. Once a year, a gay pride rally is held at the Student Union, and Mary Lyon Hall, in the Northeast Residential Area, has a floor where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students can choose to live as a group. Also, the Stonewall Center, a GLBT educational resource center, is very active in supporting the homosexual community and provides resources and runs social events.
Political Activity
The town of Amherst, including the students from the University of Massachusetts, is a very politically active place. Most people here have liberal views and will not hesitate to discuss or argue any important issue. Many political candidates campaign throughout the year at the various UMass auditoriums. The UMass chapter of MassPIRG (Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group) makes great efforts to get students involved in political activity.
Economic Status
Just about every economic class is represented at UMass. At any given moment you could see an El Camino and a Lincoln Navigator stopped at the same red light. The students at nearby Amherst College are very affluent, while UMass students, on average, illustrate a more accurate depiction of middle-class America.
Most Common Religions
The most common religions on campus are Christianity and Judaism. There are many registered student organizations on campus that reflect these and other religions. The Newman Catholic Center and Hillel House offer many resources and events for students.
Minority Clubs on Campus
CMASS, the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (formerly the Office of Programs and Services for ALANA Students), is an educational support agency that serves the needs of UMass's minority population. It's a conglomeration of more than 20 minority clubs that are very active on campus—they regularly hold rallies, speeches, and other events to address and work toward solving problems facing minority students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 124 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 34% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 123 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 10% Moderate
  • 21% Not sure
  • 54% Liberal
  • 14% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 125 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 124 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 124 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 56% Very accepting.

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