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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is sometimes a problem on campus, but I think it has been slowly improving. Clubs like PRISM and the 4 to 5 movement have made the campus generally accepting of LGBTQ individuals. Racial and ethnic diversity is perhaps more of a struggle for some.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a great diversity on this campus as there should be everywhere.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Definitely needs some work, but great potential

1 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone is white, and mostly religious, and there is acceptance of other life styles to a certain extent, but no one gets judged too harshly for discrimination. Google the notre dame anti-gay comic scandal for a very scary example.

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4 College Student

Diversity: Notre Dame gets a worse rap than it deserves. I came in expecting a horde of rich white republicans. I have international friends, gay friends, liberal friends, and I don't know of any of them being given a hard time by anyone. I find the diversity here great.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Alex Barker
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If Notre Dame wanted to change its mascot, it could replace the Fighting Leprechaun with a white kid wearing a crucifix-roughly 80 percent of the student population is white and Catholic. Nevertheless, the University is continuously attempting to reach out and attract minority students. Quite a few minority students do choose to attend Notre Dame, and many minority groups band together in alliances that act as celebrations of ethnicity. While these events are popular and promote ethnic understanding among students, everyone agrees that the University is trudging along a long and winding road to diversity.

At Notre Dame, the ratio of white students to minority students is 35 to 1. This lack of diversity is one of Notre Dame's greatest weaknesses. No matter how diligently the University wrestles with this weakness, its success in attracting minority students has always been marginal. Although Notre Dame is not a campus that promotes discrimination, many non-white students may sometimes feel out of place. The ethnic alliances provide minority students with some comfort, but, despite this, the University receives low marks for diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 15%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Overall, Notre Dame’s campus is rather conservative, but homosexuals are given a voice on campus (The Standing Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs) and are treated with respect by fellow students and faculty, alike.
Political Activity
Political organizations on campus include Amnesty International, College Democrats, College Libertarians, College Republicans, Model United Nations, ND for Animals, Progressive Student Alliance, Right to Life, and the Women's Resource Center.
Economic Status
Generally upper-middle to upper class.
Most Common Religions
Minority Clubs on Campus
Ethnic and cultural organizations at Notre Dame include the African Students Association, Asian American Association, Asian International Society,

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 39 responses

  • 10% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 31% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 8% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 39 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 18% Very conservative
  • 51% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 3% Not sure
  • 3% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 39 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 38 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 39 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 67% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 23% Very accepting.
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