Diversity

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Undergrads
23,366
Tuition (in-state)
$27,211 ($11,455)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Student

Diversity: There are people from all different walks of life but most everyone is accepting of each other.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Plenty of different people, clubs, faiths, all over campus.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not a good mix of races on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: diversity is welcome, but there is not that much

3 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is in the middle of the mountains, in the south. Enough said

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Heather Priestley
Hometown
Toano, VA
Major
Wildlife Science
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Virginia Tech has had some upsetting events in the past that may have hindered the diversity of the school. Of the two land-grant universities in Virginia, Virginia Tech is the historically white university and seems to be having somewhat of a difficult time overcoming this reputation. However, diversity at Tech is greatly increasing. While demographically more than 70 percent of the student body is white, it doesn’t always appear that way around campus. Dozens of races and ethnicities attend Tech, and students are generally very accepting of the diversity around them.

The majority of Virginia Tech students are white, but many other ethnicities are represented and seem to mix into the student body well, with very little tension. In the past, Tec hasn’t had the best reputation regarding diversity, but the school is making a conscious effort to promote diversity, in all aspects. Cultural demonstrations, such as the International Street Fair that showcases food, dance, and art from nations all around the world, are put on all throughout the year, and with clubs like the Asian American Student Union, LGBTA, and the Hindu Student Council, students have the opportunity to get involved and represent any demographic group they choose.
 

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
5%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
73%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
29%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 17%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 11%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Students at Tech are generally open and accepting of their gay peers. SafeZone stickers around campus encourage students to feel comfortable being themselves. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance (LGBTA) at Tech is an active group that embraces and encourages diversity.
Political Activity
Compared to many other college campuses, Tech is more moderate. Both the College Republicans and the Young Democrats often meet for lively political debates.
Economic Status
Students from many economic backgrounds go to Tech. Tuition here is lower than some other Virginia schools, and financial aid is available, making Tech able to meet the needs of those with lower economic status. However, there does seem to be a large majority of middle- and upper-middle -class students.
Most Common Religions
There are about 30 Christian student groups on campus, making Christianity the most represented religion at Tech. However, there are also students who are Muslim, Jewish, Unitarian, Buddhist, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and members of other religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a number of active minority clubs on campus. To name a few—the Black Student Alliance, Filipino American Student Association, Korean American Student Association, NAACP, and the Indian Students Association.
Did You Know?
Freshmen can choose to join The World or MOSAIC themed housing programs, both devoted to bringing together students of different backgrounds to promote diversity and understanding on campus.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 132 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 27% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 132 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 45% Moderate
  • 24% Not sure
  • 12% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 132 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 132 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Republican
  • 14% Democratic
  • 14% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 29% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 17% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 29% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 71% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 50% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 50% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 0% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 132 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 64% Very accepting.

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