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5 College Freshman

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

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have friends from all races here.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is no typical student. We all come from very different backgrounds and are interested in different subjects. I've met many interesting people in my time here.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: No two of my friends are from the same place, of the same race or have the same income. That's a huge reason why I love my school.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: LOTS of people at BU are super filthy rich, like richer than I had ever experienced at home. It's really strange at first. But most people I met didn't really care about how much money I had; both of us being at BU seemed to level the playing field some.

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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 26 responses

  • 92% No
  • 4% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 4% 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 114 responses

  • 8% 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 114 responses

  • 16% Progressive/very liberal
  • 46% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 116 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 115 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 26 responses

  • 85% No
  • 4% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 4% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 26 responses

  • 15% Republican
  • 46% Democratic
  • 15% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 23% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 26 responses

  • 96% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% 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.
  • 4% 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 26 responses

  • 69% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 27% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 19% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 27% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 50% 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 115 responses

  • 73% Very accepting.
  • 22% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% 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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