Diversity

Location
Rochester, NY
Undergrads
5,512
Tuition
$42,890
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I've never felt excluded or seen someone be persecuted for their beliefs, race, or sexual orientation.

3 College Senior

Diversity: We are diverse in some areas and homogenous in others.

3 College Junior

Diversity: High diversity, low integration within groups.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Coming from a small town where a lot of people look similar and have similar beliefs, it was great to come to a place where the diversity really enhances the learning environment and students truly appreciate learning about other cultures and religions.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Minorities will have a hard time here for a lot of times.

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  • 148th
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  • 321st
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  • 1074th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Dave Levy
Hometown
Randolph, NJ
Major
History and International Relations
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UR brings in students from other countries, different backgrounds, and a range of cultures, but if they don't all mix it is an entirely different issue. Students will stick to their respective groups, and while the University expends effort on bringing in both minority students and international ones, the in-group tendencies still continue. The experience is also individual; a student may live on a hall with a large mix of diverse cultures or be in the exact same demographic stratosphere as their whole floor. Some also put forth the effort and meet new people, whereas others are complacent to remain in their comfortable circle of friends. On campus, whites are the majority, with a fair number of Asians and other minorities in the mix. People are generally friendly when interacting, and there are not many incidents of hate offenses, but then again, there is not a large amount of inter-mixing. It cannot be said that UR does not try to make the campus diverse; they certainly make it their project to attract minorities, but once they get here it becomes a different story entirely. Many stick to their own kind, so to speak, but this is not a blanket statement for the entire school. You will see students of different races and cultures hanging out, but you also see a white person from upstate New York everywhere. The meshing aspect could be improved, but the school is not exclusive by any means.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
11%
Hispanic
5%
International
11%
Native American
0%
White
60%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
66%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 19%
25+: 28%
Female Faculty
33%
Male Faculty
67%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
There have been a few incidents with hate and discrimination, but the gay community is fairly visible. An organization called the Pride Network is active on campus for GLBTQ students.
Political Activity
Generally left wing. There have been protests against the war in Iraq and the Israeli conflict recently. There are relatively few Republicans.
Economic Status
Mostly upper-middle class and rich kids. It is an expensive school, so many people who go here are very well off. However, that is not the case in all situations. There are many local kids who are firmly in the middle class.
Most Common Religions
Christians are the majority (Catholic and Protestant have large presences). There is a large Jewish minority and Muslims and Hindus are also well represented.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many multi-cultural and diverse greek organizations at University of Rochester. There are also various non-Greek student organizations that are active on campus, such as the Muslim Student Alliance, Indian Club, Israel Club, Black Student Union, and SALSA, the Spanish and Latino Student Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 53 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 38% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 53 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 42% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 54 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 54 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 54 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 69% Very accepting.

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