Although Penn students come from a range of economic and racial backgrounds and have varying political viewpoints, there are underrepresented groups whose increased presence would perhaps enhance the cultural breadth of the community. Hispanic and African-American students each make up a meager six percent of the student population. Some students find this to be a problem, asserting that the large Asian and non-Christian populations do not make up for the fact that other minority groups are not adequately represented.
Students are not the only ones who believe that certain minority groups should have a stronger presence on campus. The admissions office has stated that they take race into account when deciding whether or not to grant admission to a high school student. Last year, the school launched an initiative to attract more African American students to apply and matriculate as undergraduate students at Penn. At the school where Sadie Alexander, the first African-American women to receive her PhD, studied, and John B. Taylor, the first black American to win an Olympic gold medal, graduated, a larger African American population would also serve to remind today's students of Penn's rich cultural heritage. However, students are granted a rich and eye-opening experience if they are open to exposing themselves to people with backgrounds dramatically different from their own.