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2 College Junior

Diversity: There is really no diversity here. Everyone is a white republican. We have a small population of gay students but they're too scared to open up because they would probably get made fun of. Really the only diversity here is a handful of black kids and some spanish students. By no means are the non-white kids not accepted, but there really aren't a good amount to start with.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: No diversity except for some hot latin babes. A few black people and not many asians. 97% white people I would say

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: A lot of white people.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is basically no diversity. Everyone usually has the same view and looks the same.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Campus is diverse and gives a mix of religions, races and backgrounds. Coming from a non-diverse state, being surrounded by the diversity was an appreciated cultural shock.

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There is no ethnic diversity on campus. Period. A huge chunk of the student body is Caucasian, while a decent amount are labeled as unreported, which leaves a pretty small percentage of the student body as racially identified. Hispanics, African Americans, and Asian Americans have the plurality. And while the University boasts students from every state, most hail from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. So this Northeastern university basically caters to Northeastern students. It is sad, especially considering CUA’s Washington, DC location, where every street corner is filled with diversity and culture.

Many students regret the fact that Catholic is not more racially diverse, since college is a good time for young adults to learn from other young adults who are different from each other in so many ways. But this is impossible when everyone is from a Philadelphia suburb. Be prepared for a sea of blonde, white students who can trace their ancestry back to Ireland or central New Jersey.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
9%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
60%
Unknown
14%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
99%
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 15%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 8%
Gay Pride
It is tricky, given that the University is the official university of the Vatican. There are no clubs specific to gay pride or gay students, but there is a formidable gay presence on campus.
Political Activity
The school, by virtue of its Catholic identity, is very conservative. Various Catholic-affiliated organizations, such as Students For Life and Esto Vir, exist at the University. But both CUA College Democrats and College Republicans are active on campus, hosting events, speakers, and parties.
Economic Status
Most students are from affluent to well-off families; however, most are generally modest about it. Students at CUA still play the part of "broke college kids," and it's not uncommon for students to find on-campus or even outside jobs.
Most Common Religions
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion for the obvious reason.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is little cultural diversity on campus, so the amount of minority clubs reflects that fact. The Filipino Organization of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) is the most prominent club on campus. While a few other clubs exist, they have little presence.

Student Polls

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

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% 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 30 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 23% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 10% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 29 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 0% Liberal
  • 10% Moderate
  • 62% Conservative
  • 21% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 29 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 29 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 12 responses

  • 75% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 17% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Republican
  • 25% Democratic
  • 17% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 25% I don't care about politics

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

  • 92% 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.
  • 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

  • 15% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 38% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 31% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 15% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 83% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 8% 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 30 responses

  • 27% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 17% It's hard to be a minority here.
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