Diversity

Location
Burlington, VT
Undergrads
9,956
Tuition (in-state)
$35,612 ($15,284)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Freshman

Diversity: As a public university in New England, it is not be expected that the school is not very diverse. If you look hard, you can find people of different ethnic backgrounds, religious backgrounds, etc. However, in my experience, the community is very accepting.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: The University is very diverse and accepting of all ethnicity/races, economic background, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is so much a part of campus life, that the school requires everyone to take a minimum of two diversity courses.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Acceptance at UVM is one of the greatest you'll find anywhere. The only issue is that sometimes people go a little to over politically correct.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I like that there are so many religious organizations, but I sometimes really dislike some of the things they promote that go against my own personal belief. While it's okay to have differing opinions, sometimes these promotions are abrasive and offensive to me, and I'm sure there are better ways to promote those beliefs.

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  • 17th
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  • 438th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jason Bushey
Hometown
Burlington, VT
Major
English
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Racial diversity is an area where most UVM students agree there is a need for improvement. In spite of this, many students comment on their awareness of the University’s diversity with respect to progressiveness and individual thought, as well as the strong presence of the gay community. It is important to remember that diversity is not limited to the color of someone's skin. Religious, sexual, political, and racial diversity are important to a diverse community. Unfortunately, while UVM may have three out of four, that is not good enough. However, the school is actively pursuing expanding the ethnic and racial diversity.

While UVM is very good at bringing together people with different ideas and unique thoughts, it simply does not have a large flow of minority students. But, overall, UVM does tend to fare better than the entire state of Vermont, which is one of the least diverse states in the nation. In addition, UVM’s students are notoriously open-minded and not sheltered. Increased racial diversity would expand these qualities, and improve the community as a whole.

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
4%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
85%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
77%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 39%
22-24: 10%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Vermont was the first state to approve Civil Unions and is regarded as one of the most progressive and liberal states in the nation. Therefore, UVM is a tolerant place where people of all sexual orientations are accepted.
Political Activity
There is a strong political presence on UVM, whether cheering for an Obama victory downtown or protesting an on-campus speech by Newt Gingrich. UVM has College Democrats, College Republicans, and Socialist clubs. Also, an activist group called SLAP (Student Labor Action Project) fights for livable wages at UVM. So, while UVM gets a very liberal reputation, it is open to a number of differing political perspectives. After all, the city has a Progressive mayor and the state has a Socialist senator!
Economic Status
UVM students are generally from middle- to upper-class families. This fact has helped push rent higher and higher every year in Burlington, and the city itself is a rather expensive place to live.
Most Common Religions
While Christianity seems to be the most popular religion on Campus, Hillel, the SGA-recognized club on campus promoting the study of Judaism, also has a strong presence on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
ALANA (African, Latinos, Asian, and Native Americans)

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 52 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 44% Liberal
  • 23% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 8% Not sure
  • 42% Liberal
  • 44% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 52 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 52 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 53 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 64% Very accepting.
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