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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are two parts to the diversity question at Conn: how the community responds to diversity, and who is actually represented. Let me be clear: Conn is your typical Liberal Arts school which means it is mostly white, upper class students. There are exceptions to this, but they are exceptions. The school is also very liberal, and some of my friends who are more conservative have trouble expressing their opinions on this campus. As far as religion, there is an active Jewish and Christian population, other groups have less resources and are less represented. There is an active center for LGBT+ individuals, though it is less visible than what I'm used to.

That being said, students and administration are very interested in holding conversations about diversity, even if they are at times uncomfortable, and challenging ourselves to ask what can I do to make it better. I would say the campus is pretty accepting, but not being an ethnic or racial minority I can't speak to that experience

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is pretty noticeable. They have many programs for minority students including an extra orientation. Politically, most people are very liberal.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a huge movement to get more diversity on campus. This is not a top-down approach of the administration forcing it, but a strong want from the students as well.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Not much political, religious, racial, socioeconomic, or ethnic diversity. Lots of boring WASPs from a suburb of an East Coast city who are apolitical.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is a very accepting one, and none of my ethnic or international friends have ever felt discriminated against.

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Diversity is difficult to measure at Connecticut College. While the school can't boast a high percentage of nonwhite students like some of its peer institutions, the spirit of diversity is at the heart of the Conn experience. Almost daily, there are dialogues, lectures, and presentations on topics ranging from affirmative action, to white privilege, to the experience of interracial dating on campus. The cultural groups are completely inclusive in their membership and are a strong force on campus life. There is even talk of including a diversity class in the General Education requirements, which would require students to take a class about another culture before they graduate. Simply put, Conn values diversity and is aware of the importance of race and culture in all aspects of students' education.

Students do have a point when they complain that the campus feels white, which at times can lead to homogeneity of option. Conn certainly needs to take a hard look at diversity in its faculty in order to increase the different perspectives that students are exposed to in the classroom. But to only complain is to close your eyes to the benefits Conn has to offer. Because of its small size, it would take self-segregation to attend Conn for four years and not befriend students, faculty, and staff from different cultures around the world. And when you want to go to study in another part of the world, there are some incredible study abroad options available.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
7%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
73%
Unknown
7%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
84%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 47%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 6%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
47%
Male Faculty
53%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus is very accepting of all sexual orientations and transgender and questioning students. A student group called Sexual Orientations United for Liberation (S.O.U.L.) acts as supporting group for its members.
Political Activity
The political temperature of Connecticut College is decidedly liberal, but many students are apathetic and apolitical. The most active political groups are the College Democrats, the College Republicans, and the outspoken CC LEFT.
Economic Status
Conn is a very expensive school, so most students predominately come from well-to-do backgrounds. Some of the students drive nicer cars than the faculty.
Most Common Religions
Most students are not outwardly religious, but there is a sizable population of Christians. Catholic masses, Protestant worship services, and Baptist Bible Study are held every week, as well as a Shabbat Dinner for the Jewish community. Other religions represented include Hinduism, Islam, and paganism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
It's impossible to miss Conn's minority groups because they constantly sponsor lectures, dialogues, dances, parties, and vigils. Some current minority groups are ATLAS, CCASA, I-Pride, La Unidad, Umoja, and the USSC.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 16% Progressive/very liberal
  • 53% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 24 responses

  • 25% Progressive/very liberal
  • 58% Liberal
  • 4% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 23 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 11 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 55% Democratic
  • 27% Independent
  • 9% Other party not mentioned
  • 9% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 8 responses

  • 62% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 25% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 12% 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 11 responses

  • 64% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 36% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 18 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 44% 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.
  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
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