Diversity

Location
Pittsburgh, PA
Undergrads
17,256
Tuition (in-state)
$26,280 ($16,590)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is huge. There are all different kinds of people from different backgrounds who also want to go different places in life.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: its okay not enough sometimes

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3 College Junior

Diversity: For the most part the campus is diverse.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: No one really judges other religions or ethnicity's because each one has their own type of organizations to be with one another. I am involved with a Christian ministry and my Indian friend is a member of an Indian dance team. Other sorts of clubs like this exist at the convenience of anyone.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: We have great diversity here! Everyone comes from different places with different backgrounds. It's great getting to know people!

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Courtney Vock
Hometown
Pittsburgh, PA
Major
Creative Non-Fiction Writing
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Diversity is a very subjective area for Pitt students, and what you hear really depends on who you talk to. Numbers speak for themselves-there is a large white majority at the University, and many people are from Pennsylvania or the surrounding areas. If you're coming to Pittsburgh from one of its many suburbs, you'll probably be impressed with the number of different people you can find. The same is true of the Oakland area, which is home to a lot of schools that are even more diverse than Pitt. For those from other cities or very diverse areas, however, the University itself may seem depressingly homogenous.

While diversity isn't a major issue around campus, there are many student groups available for minorities to gather and hold activities, promote causes, and socialize. In addition to groups based strictly on ethnicity, there is also a wide range of interests covered by these clubs. Religion, politics, athletics, music, and hobbies are all very diverse areas around Pitt, and these can sometimes be the best way to make new friends. You'll find that students have a huge range of backgrounds and beliefs, and there really are many niches to fall into. If you want to have a diverse social circle, it's entirely possible at Pitt; you may just have to look a little harder than the people you first run into on move-in day.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
2%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
32%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 21%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 20%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Pitt students are generally accepting of people with any lifestyle. There are a number of homosexual student groups through campus acting to raise awareness and foster a better environment for the gay and lesbian community. A few gay bars also exist in the area.
Political Activity
Political activity is abundant around campus. However, only a small portion of students actually involve themselves in it. There are many different clubs and organizations for political causes that students can become involved with and join, such as the Student Government Board (SGB), Pitt's student council.
Economic Status
There are students from every possible economic background you could imagine. Money is not something openly discussed between students, and it is not really an issue across the campus.
Most Common Religions
There are a few religious organizations throughout the campus. Although much of the campus considers itself Christian or Catholic, the most predominant religious organization on campus is the Jewish organization, Hillel. There are also a number of people who do not consider themselves to be religious or practice a variety of other religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of minority clubs on campus, including the Asian Student Association, the Black Action Society, and the Rainbow Alliance, to name a few. Minority clubs hold a strong presence on campus and are becoming more and more well known and diverse as the years go by.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 136 responses

  • 8% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 26% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 136 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 35% Moderate
  • 32% Not sure
  • 26% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 135 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 135 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 136 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 54% Very accepting.

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