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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being a Catholic university, many characteristics seem to be almost homogenous and the student body is not very diverse overall.

4 College Senior

Diversity: People in both college and dorm are accepting.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is present on campus, but it is not overwhelming by any means. Racial diversity is pretty lacking, and because Notre Dame is a Catholic university, most students come from the same religious background. There is no anti-LGBT sentiment, but out LGBT students are rare.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's the straight, white, Catholic, Republican DisneyLand. With that said, diversity is keenly stressed throughout the school and, to be honest, no one cares if you're anything different since in the end, you're all Domers

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While ND has taken steps to increase ethnic diversity on campus, the school is still very much mostly white, upper/middle class, and Christian (specifically Catholic). That being said, my roommate of 2 years is African American, and he seems happy here. There are many cultural productions, such as Asian Allure and Latin Expressions, that help to share different cultures that students might not normally experience.

Campus isn't very political, unless you count the occasional Viewpoint (newspaper opinion section) Wars that occasionally ignite. 80% of students are Catholic, but there is no pressure whatsoever to participate in religious life if you do not want to.


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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 44 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 30% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 11% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 44 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 16% Very conservative
  • 57% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 2% Not sure
  • 2% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 46 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 45 responses

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

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 20% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 60% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 44 responses

  • 5% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 66% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 23% Very accepting.
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