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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people at Brown would tell you that we are willing to discuss at length most types of diversity - in regards to race, religion, politics, sexuality, gender identity, etc. We remain hesitant to address socioeconomic status. To be clear, Brown is home to many lower-class and middle class students, making it very diverse. But like other top schools, Brown draws disproportionately from very wealthy families. This economic divide is the last taboo on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone here is different! I have met such different people from coming here & it is one of my favorite things about being here.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Lots of great international kids here! I do wish that there were fewer gay men so that us ladies could enjoy ourselves more. There seem to be a lot more gay guys than gay girls, so you're screwed over if you're a girl. Nothing against gays, they just seem a bit overrepresented here!

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Brown prides itself on its diversity and its students' ability to confront conflicts that arise out of these categories.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Brown could be more diverse, but compared to most other colleges, it is probably pretty diverse.

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Brown makes an honest effort to promote socioeconomic diversity in the student body—the recent change to need-blind admissions is just one example of this goal. Also, a large endowment several years ago (the biggest single gift ever made to Brown) promises to preserve the goal of providing financial aid to deserving students. While the hard numbers indicate that there is a good deal of racial and economic diversity at Brown, the day-to-day interactions between students are the real test of diversity and tolerance at Brown. There a very few outright problems or public sentiments that indicate a lack of diversity at Brown. In spite of this, students do not necessarily integrate themselves in their social circles.

The University gives Brown the basic ingredients to enjoy diversity in political, economic, racial, and geographical areas. It also provides support for students who come from a variety of backgrounds. Regardless of background, every student will be in a situation where they are confronted with people and opinions that they have never experienced before coming here. The vocal nature of Brown students and the University’s outstanding policies, which protect freedom of student expression, mean that the school is as diverse as the students here make it.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
12%
Hispanic
10%
International
12%
Native American
0%
White
45%
Unknown
10%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
98%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 15%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 15%
Native American: 0%
White: 68%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Brown students and faculty are extremely receptive and friendly to all people, and there have been very few incidences of discrimination or hate crimes related to sexual orientation. The effort to promote queer politics and acceptance is spearheaded by the Queer Alliance. Twice a year, the organization hosts a huge dance that is among the most popular campus parties.
Political Activity
The majority of Brown students are very politically active. Many student groups form with a political focus, and acts to raise awareness for issues are commonplace in day-to-day life. Generally, the student body seems to lean more left. Although there is a small and vocal conservative voice, they are a clear minority. Even so, it is fully possible to go about life normally without any political involvement.
Economic Status
Brown recently made a major admissions policy change to accept students on a “need-blind” bases in order to promote quality of scholarship and demonstrated ability above affluence. However, the average Brown student comes from the upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Brown does not have a single predominant religion, and the majority of students claim to have no particular affiliation. However, sources show that some religious minorities have particularly high numbers at Brown. Services are provided for students of all religions; they list Bahat, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, and Sikhism as the most popular Brown faiths.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Third World Center at Brown was created in 1976 to meet the needs of all minority students and promote racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown community. Minority students receive a great deal of support from the Third World Transition Program: the presence of Minority Peer Councelors in freshmen dorms, student publications such as the African Sun and Somos, and program houses such as Harambee House. There are also plenty student organizations for a number of minority groups and their subsets.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 75% No
  • 8% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 8% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 8% 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 42 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 45% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 42 responses

  • 50% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 5% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 42 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 42 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 13 responses

  • 46% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 38% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 15% 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 13 responses

  • 15% Republican
  • 62% Democratic
  • 23% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 67% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 25% 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.
  • 8% 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 13 responses

  • 92% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 8% 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 12 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 17% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 17% 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 43 responses

  • 86% Very accepting.
  • 9% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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