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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: People are accepting of other cultures, races, religions and sexual orientations. However, very few are willing to actually learn about other cultures and actually interact on a deeper level with others of a different culture.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Yale has a very diverse community. Yale accepts students from a number of different countries and associations such as the International Students Organization, South Asian Society and the Asian American Cultural Center are very prominent. A number of students at Yale study on need-based scholarships so there is economic diversity. The LGBT community at Yale is also prominent.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: It is very open to all sexual orientations, also very good will all races, but not a very friendly place for conservatives.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: People are so interested in learning about one another and their unique backgrounds and perspectives. On the flip side, everyone was very open and willing to gently correct ignorance, rather than getting angry. That was absolutely amazing.

The downside was that you still had phenomena like all the black students sitting together at lunch, rich students just continually not understanding that money was a significant barrier for some people.

And then there's the fact that a lot of students, faculty, and administrators are completely willing to let a culture of misogyny slide, and even cover for star athletes or renowned professors who harass or assault female students.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: At Yale University, there are paople from almost every state and many countries.


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  • 42nd
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 276th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1354th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Glodo
Winter Park, FL
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Yale prides itself on its diversity and the freedom of expression on campus, and most students agree that the student body is diverse ethnically, economically, religiously, and geographically. The wide spectrum of lifestyles and backgrounds exposes students to a truly unlimited number of perspectives. Students feel free (and are often more than willing) to express their opinions; more importantly, they are eager to listen to other's opinions and broaden their worldview. This culture of free exchange creates an exciting atmostphere of learning amongst the students and sets Yale apart from other universities with a less diverse student population.

In addition, every perspective among the student body is represented in student organizations, clubs, and associations that are very present on campus. These groups help students find others with similar backgrounds and interests and provide extensive support as new Yalies transition into student life. If anything, some of the cultural groups can promote self-segregation because they bring together students with so much in common. However, the residential college system and the campus mindset generally succeed in shaping a community made of incredibly diverse young men and women all functioning together under the single title of "Yalie."

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 19%
25+: 38%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 24%
Native American: 0%
White: 56%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
Yale is very supportive of its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. The LGBT Co-Op at Yale provides a great support base and offers numerous educational and social events for all students, including films, discussions, concerts, and the all-popular LGBT Annual Ball. Yale also hosts a Queer Resource Center and offers peer counseling resources.
Political Activity
In general, the University and the student body tend to lean to the left-hand side of the political spectrum. However, there is a great amount of political diversity and open-mindedness. Most notable amongst the political groups is the Yale Political Union, the nation's oldest and most respected student debating society. Members of the YPU include the Liberal Party, the Party of the Left, the Progressive Party, the Independent Party, the Conservative Party, the Tory Party, and the Party of the Right. In addition, some students are involved in local politics, with Yalies frequently serving as Aldermen and board members in New Haven.
Economic Status
Due to an increase in financial aid and Yale's determined efforts to increase economic diversity, the student body now comes from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Most Yalies are on some kind of financial aid, and many are on full support. In years past, Yale was known for its legacies, however, in recent times their presence has diminished significantly. Legacies are never guaranteed admission to Yale and are expected to be as academically proficient as any other admitted student.
Most Common Religions
Yale was originally founded under religious principles, and the University continues to be supportive of all religions. The primary religions are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Bahá'i Faith, and Unitarian Universalism. All of these faiths have various student organizations that sponsor events throughout the year. The Chaplain's Office is a highly visible organization on campus that connects various religious groups through education and outreach (and offers free ice cream!). In addition, the Divinity School for graduates hosts many opportunities for religious discussions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Yale is the place to celebrate diversity, including cultural and ethnic heritage. Organizations on campus include the Black Student Alliance, Asian American Students Alliance, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, International Students Organization, NAACP, and many other groups celebrating countries from China and Cuba to Israel and Poland. These groups host meals, parties, holidays, performances, and events that are very popular.
Did You Know?
  • The Yale University Chaplain's Office offers support for students of all religions: www.yale.edu/chaplain/.
  • For a list of Yale's multicultural student organizations, check out www.yale.edu/admit/mrp/groups.html

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 21% Moderate
  • 38% Liberal
  • 23% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?     Based on 39 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 8% Moderate
  • 8% Not sure
  • 54% Liberal
  • 31% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 39 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 38 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 40 responses

  • 5% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 22% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 70% Very accepting.
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