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3 College Senior

Diversity: It's improving, but still has a long way to go

5 College Senior

Diversity: Wide variety; hard in the south.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is cultivated and appreciated on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UNC is diverse in many aspects including political affiliation and religious background.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Definitely a majority of white students, but diversity is evident and respected.


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  • 34th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 960th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1361st
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kavita Gupta
Austin, Texas
Grad Year
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Diversity is one of the cornerstones of UNC's campus, and it is a great place to meet many different people. From learning how to step at a P2P stop by a peer to having a Russian professor in class, the University is filled with opportunities to meet people of different ethnicities and nationalities and, more importantly, to learn from them. One of the best parts about the campus culture is how liberal it is and how accepting students are of others. A great part of campus life is the festival Masala in which many cultural clubs come together and put on a show to express the individuality of each culture. It is through shows and clubs like these that students who might not have been exposed to this sort of diversity come to appreciate the many different people that reside in our a multi-faceted world. 

UNC is also actively involved in furthering diversity by featuring speakers and documentaries about different places and people. Carolina is not a school typical of the South. It is, in fact, one of the mose ethnically diverse campuses across the nation. Although it still has a long way to go in terms of actual numbers, it is getting there.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 15%
25+: 21%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
UNC has many clubs and organizations to give students with different sexual preferences a safe environment and the support they may need. UNC has a large gay population, and overall the student body is very accepting.
Political Activity
Carolina has a smattering of political opinions. Most people feel comfortable voicing their opinions as Carolina is a very accepting place. There are also clubs for people of different political leanings from Republicans and Democrats to Libertarians. That being said, it is a very liberal campus overall.
Economic Status
Many students say that Carolina consists mainly of middle- to upper-class students.
Most Common Religions
There is a variety of religious affiliations at UNC. There are also many student organizations that offer services for people of many different backgrounds.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are dozens of minority clubs at UNC, as well as several shows that support and celebrate the different ethnicities on campus.

Student Polls

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

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 38% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 101 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 63% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How diverse is the student body 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 diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 98 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

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 49% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.


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