Charlottesville, VA
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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: UVA isn't as diverse as it should be. It's a big school but I find that a lot of the students are pretty similar (read: generally well to do). UVA can and should do a better job at admitting and supporting students who aspire to attend a university of such regard but may not have the finances to do so.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While the stereotype exists that everyone at UVA looks the same, there is definitely a huge diversity presence.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a great number of extremely diversified students on campus. Most of the time the level of acceptance is quite high in relation to everyone's political, ethnic or social backgrounds.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I personally think UVA is pretty diverse, or at least more so than most other colleges. However, there are students who will say the opposite. I do think there is a tendency to self-segregate based on race/religion, but I think overall the student body is representative of many cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Racially, things seem very self-segregated.

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Haley Bryant
London, UK
Media Studies
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Student opinion varies a great deal on diversity issues. Some believe that diversity at UVA is good and getting better, while others see the University as primarily a school for rich white kids. Much of this depends on personal experience. Many students have encountered self-segregation among the various campus groups and feel this is one of the biggest barriers to a functioning diversity. The best way to experience diversity at Virginia is to seek it out for yourself—there are many different people at the school, once you get past social cliques. Now that the old stereotypes of first year dorms have been eradicated, there is really a chance for all students to intermingle successfully.

Overall, UVA could do better with diversity, but at least the administration recognizes this and is trying to promote a new look for the school. Tolerance and political involvement are getting better, and despite the self-segregation, there are still days when you’ll be surprised at how many languages you hear spoken or the mix of different students you see studying together in the library or partying on the Corner at Baja Bean or No. 3. Online organizations like Sustained Dialogue are taking steps to promote a more fully united campus community with parties like "Mix It Up" and open forums for discussion of issues of diversity on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 14%
25+: 21%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
UVA is becoming increasingly more accepting of its gay and lesbian population. There are various active organizations at the University promoting gay awareness (Gay and Lesbian Christian Students Association, the Missionary, Out on Rugby, and the Queer Student Union). It took a while for UVA to get to this stage, though, and there is still evidence of intolerance in many places.
Political Activity
Charlottesville, while being a wonderful place to spend your four-year college experience, can be too sheltered from what's going on in the world. Obviously some events (like the war in Iraq) bring out a lot of passion in the student population, and there are plenty of active organizations that feed this political passion among those students (Critical Mass, Take Back the Night, Amnesty International, Children of War, European Society, The Declaration, and Republican and Democrat Organizations). The level of political investment on campus showed during the 2008 presidential election campaign.
Economic Status
UVA students come off as pretty wealthy—with their cars, clothes, and drinking habits, it would seem they would have to be. However, there are plenty of students on financial aid, student loans, and scholarships. While many are from the upper/middle-class, there is a bit of diversity in economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
There are a few prominent Christian groups within the University that regularly hold meetings. Some religious groups include: the Baptist Student Union, Buddhist Meditation Society, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chabad Jewish Heritage Student Association, Korean Catholic Student Ministry, Muslim Students Association, Quaker Worship Group, and many more. However, keeping true to Jefferson's ideal of the separation of church and state, there is no one religious affiliation associated with the University. Students tend to respect each other's beliefs.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority clubs at UVA, including the Black Student Union, Afghan Student Organization, Arab Student Organization, Asian Student Union, Black Student Alliance, Graduate Women in Business, Latin American Students Association, National Organization for Women at UVA, Society of the Virginia Irish, Society of Women Engineers, Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth (SPIC-MACAY), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Union. Some of these groups have a much bigger presence on grounds than others—e.g., the Black Student Union and the National Organization for Women at UVA.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 74 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 39% Moderate
  • 28% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 74 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 41% Moderate
  • 16% Not sure
  • 24% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 76 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 75 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 75 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 12% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 51% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 36% Very accepting.


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