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2 College Senior

Diversity: BC is widely known as one of the least diverse schools in American, and a few days on campus will show you why. The vast majority of the student body is the personification of the phrase "white privilege."

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: This is one of the least diverse places to go to school. Mostly upper class, straight white kids who are religious/went to catholic school.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is precious to BC.... because it is so rare.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is ok. The stereotype is that the school has mostly white people, which is true; 28% of students are of a minority race. However, that doesn't mean students only hang out within their own race. Some do, but not everyone.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: A lot of students seem to conform to the socially acceptable norms. This is probably became most students are very privileged.

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Cultivating a more diverse student body at Boston College may currently be the school’s largest problem. The majority of students are Caucasian and middle- to upper-class. And that’s probably all you’ll see when walking across campus. A lot of students feel that it’s not the school’s fault that many of the people it attracts hail from similar backgrounds. Yet, BC is diligently working toward drawing individuals from different upbringings and social demographics, and the other students are becoming more accepting and inclusive of what diversity it does have. Hopefully, this will help increase BC’s diversity in the future.

Overall, the school is aware of the lack of diversity on campus and is working to rectify the problem. Many students are not the least bit uncomfortable with the demographics represented at the school; others may press the issue. Potential students should recognize the social landscape before they decide to attend Boston College. Nonetheless, you really have to prepare yourself for a sea of pea coats in the fall and J. Crew skirts in the spring—it’s a very preppy campus. Once again, there are exceptions to this rule, but you have to search for diversity. Some people thrive in the fairly homogenous atmosphere while others detest it, but the mixed bag is hopefully becoming more assorted.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
9%
Hispanic
10%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
56%
Unknown
11%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
77%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 11%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 7%
Native American: 1%
White: 80%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
There are a couple of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, questioning (GLBTQ) organizations on campus-the largest being the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC). It functions as a semi-autonomous branch of the student government and is committed to developing resources for GLBTQ students, educating on GLBTQ issues, and building communities among and between students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni. Additionally, given Boston College's Catholic mission, GLC is also committed to engaging the religious mission of the University. Allies of Boston College is officially recognized by the school as a student group and its constitution states that it is there to provide support but not advocacy. As the name implies, the organization encourages dialogue between GLBTQ students and the greater Boston College community. Lambda, formerly the Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Community (LGBC), functions as a social committee run by GLC members and is dedicated to putting on social events for GLBTQ students. Although Lambda has repeatedly petitioned for recognition as a student club, it has been denied this status. The campus environment is generally tolerant of GLBTQ persons, but most students are unaware of GLBTQ issues. Additionally, the University offers no institutional resources for GLBTQ students.
Political Activity
Students are politically active on both the Republican and Democratic side, although more students are Republicans with the school being as conservative as it is.
Economic Status
Most students are middle- to upper-class.
Minority Clubs on Campus
AHANA, an acronym to describe individuals of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American descent, is a student group that, for over 20 years, has implemented programs to foster the diversity at Boston College. From extracurricular to academic, AHANA makes a huge impact on the lives of all students at BC. There are also other organizations on campus specifically for certain cultures or nationalities.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 14 responses

  • 86% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 7% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 7% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 80 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 36% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 80 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 16% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 30% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 81 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 80 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 14 responses

  • 64% No
  • 7% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 14% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 7% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 7% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 14 responses

  • 36% Republican
  • 21% Democratic
  • 43% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 14 responses

  • 57% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 36% 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.
  • 7% 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 15 responses

  • 20% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 53% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 27% 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 14 responses

  • 14% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 14% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 43% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 29% 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 80 responses

  • 32% Very accepting.
  • 55% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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