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4 College Freshman

Diversity: everyone minds their own business. Nobody cares what religion you are.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is definitely diversity, but very often people of the same commonalities stick together like sheep. There are people who venture out of their common circles, but there are also sheep.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many students from all over the world from different races, religions, sexual and economic backgrounds. Certain foreign students tend to stick together and not interact but I have met many others willing to meet new friends.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: There are tons of international students, but most of them come from the same places. The large majority of students come from New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and Connecticut and know very little about the rest of the country. Almost everyone here is extremely liberal and intolerant of people with other political views. There is a larger-than-usual gay community at BU.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is known for its diversity and being very accepting.

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According to the statistics, the majority of the Boston University population is made up of white, middle- to upper-class students. Nevertheless, many students report a large amount of personal exposure to minority groups on campus, which may be due to the size of the University, where even small percentages of students may seem like a whole lot of people. Depending on your classes, participation in campus events, and choice of social scene, you may or may not feel the effects of the comparatively low percentages of minority groups.

BU has a good reputation established in other parts of the world, so there are a large number of European students who attend BU, many of whom flock to the School of Management (SMG). Many of these individuals are found lining the perimeter of this building on any given day, clad in Gucci and D&G, smoking Marlboro Menthol 100s, and leaning against a newly waxed BMW—corporate America’s young hopefuls.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
11%
Hispanic
8%
International
18%
Native American
0%
White
45%
Unknown
11%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
82%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 11%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 25%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
42%
Male Faculty
58%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
BU has been in the spotlight for the surprisingly conservative views of the administration. While no student group within the University at the college level of education has been abolished, the gay activist group at the BU Academy (a high-school functioning under BU’s administration—a breeding ground for potential applicants), was banned from operation in several years ago. According to former BU President John Silber, these students were simply “too young” to explore any sexuality, let alone of the gay variety. This move brought a lot of negative attention to the University, and a gay professor in the Physical Education department resigned in protest of the ban. In general, however, there sometimes seem to be more gay men on campus than straight ones. The lesbian scene is slightly more concealed but definitely prevalent. Boston tends to be extremely tolerant to all forms of sexuality.
Political Activity
Political groups on campus tend to be more prevalent on campus during times of political distress in the world. While the student body is largely liberal, with a strong Democratic college chapter, there is an equally prevalent Republican college chapter on campus. BU also has many active political organizations that cover a wide range of issues including the ACLU, the Darfur Coalition and a newly formed Women's Center.
Economic Status
BU students span a wide range of economic backgrounds. However, the majority of students are middle- to upper-class.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism is the most prevalent religion on campus. There are also quite a few Protestants, Jews, and students who claim no religious affiliation.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is a club or organization working to represent nearly every minority that is found on campus. While some are certainly more visible than others, the amount of activity is the result of the effort put forth by the members of the individual group. Due to the size of the University, there is literally something for everyone.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 121 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 161 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 45% Liberal
  • 13% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 163 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 73 responses

  • 11% Republican
  • 53% Democratic
  • 19% Independent
  • 1% Other party not mentioned
  • 15% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 46 responses

  • 65% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 28% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 7% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 67% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 29% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?     Based on 122 responses

  • 71% Very accepting.
  • 23% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.

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