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5 College Freshman

Diversity: You can find just about all kinds of people here. There are students of all races, religions, ethnicities, and national origins. The only non-diverse area is political affiliation. Republicans may be disappointed, especially socially conservative ones.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I feel as if the entire mission statement is diversity. It makes for a very interesting and enriching college experience

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is very inclusive and accepting no matter who you are, where you come from, what your differing abilities may be, or who you love and consider family.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Campus is pretty diverse in terms of ethnic/racial and religious diversity as there are a lot of international students bringing in a lot of different cultural experiences. There is also a diversity of sexual orientations on campus. Gender reassignment surgery has been recently added as a covered procedure on the Clark student insurance policy which is pretty cool. Politically, people are almost exclusively liberal and student economic background is pretty homogeneous; most people seem to come from upper-middle class households.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: You get to see a lot of different types of lifestyles here and it opens your eyes to getting rid of norms.

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If you were to visit Clark, you would hear talk of diversity coming from the mouths of every tour guide or administrator you spoke to. Diversity is one of Clark’s largest selling points, and it does attract a large number of prospective students looking to broaden their view of the world. However, some students are disappointed when they arrive on campus to find that many people remain very inclusive and make little effort to reach out to those outside of their own social or racial group. Yet, other students are delighted to be in the very tolerant and diverse atmosphere that Clark provides. Those students find that if you make the effort, then you will find yourself on the receiving end of many educational and enlightening cultural experiences.

Although the statistics don’t report outstandingly high percentages of ethnic differences, Clark’s diversity also hinges on the social, economic, and religious variations of its students. As far as Americans go, Clark draws in students from all over the country. Freshmen from the Northeast are often surprised to find how many students from California, Alaska, and Hawaii are among their ranks. Also, the general statistics on diversity only tell a part of the picture. Many students who identify themselves as white on paper are from places all over the globe. This is most apparent during the yearly International Gala event in which members of the Clark community come together to demonstrate a little slice of their heritage. In the same vein, Clark’s minority groups have a strong presence on campus and make large strides in breaking the apathy and integrating the whole student body.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Maine
  • New Hampshire
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 21%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Clark is very tolerant of gay students and has student groups such as GLBTA that promote acceptance throughout the campus. However, as accepting as Clark is, the gay population on campus is not very sizeable.
Political Activity
Clarkies tend to be fairly socially and politically liberal. There is a noticeable activist community, yet the larger portion of the student body remains aware but generally apathetic. Since the recent election, Clark students have been more politically active and outspoken. There are also many groups on campus that are related to Politics.
Economic Status
There is a wide range of variation between the economic backgrounds of Clark students. However, Clark provides excellent financial aid packages to many students, so chances are that differences between economic strata are not likely to be noticed.
Most Common Religions
Catholics, Muslims, Pagans, and all types of religions are represented at Clark through the student body and in various student groups. However, the Jewish religion is the most noticeable religion on campus. This may be due in part to the fact that Clark Hillel is one of the largest and most active student groups on campus. As for religious tolerance, everyone seems to accept everyone else regardless of their affiliation.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs are some of the most active and noticeable groups on campus. The Asian Society, Black Student Union, and Caribbean African Student Association are consistently hosting events, both large and small, that can be celebrations of culture or just for fun. They are also an archetype for racial tolerance and equality in and of themselves as they co-sponsor many of each other’s events throughout the year.
Did You Know?
Instead of "multiculturalism," Clark uses the term "interculturalism," which includes factors such as age, ability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and the place you call home.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 9 responses

  • 78% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 11% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 11% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 28 responses

  • 25% Progressive/very liberal
  • 46% Liberal
  • 4% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 28 responses

  • 46% Progressive/very liberal
  • 43% Liberal
  • 4% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 26 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 25 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 9 responses

  • 67% No
  • 22% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 11% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% 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 9 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 44% Democratic
  • 44% Independent
  • 11% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 9 responses

  • 78% 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.
  • 11% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 11% 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 10 responses

  • 90% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 10% 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 9 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 33% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 22% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 44% 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 28 responses

  • 86% Very accepting.
  • 14% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% 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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