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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is usually really tollerant.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: This is a PWI (Predominately White Institution) There is definitely a culture shock for some people.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Almost everyone is liberal and sides with the minority. The intolerance occurs if you are not liberal and you do not always take the minorities side.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The majority of the schools population is white. I never witnessed any unsavory acts by students that I felt was due to race.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There's a lot of different people of different backgrounds at Cornell. It doesn't feel that way because people merge into cliques and groups, making it difficult to interact with people different from yourself without a great amount of effort.

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For a small, liberal arts college located in America's heartland, Cornell boasts some great diversity compared to the local landscape. Incoming classes average 20 percent students of color and four percent international students. The number of students from diverse economic backgrounds also adds to the variety of students on campus. Numerous religions are present on campus, as well, from Catholicism to paganism and many things in between. However, religious practice is not a high profile activity for most students. Cornell does not have an extremely visible or active GLBTQ community, primarily because these students are well received within campus culture.

Tolerance, particularly of more liberal viewpoints, is something Cornell students and faculty alike do really well. Conservatives on campus are more likely to be criticized by students for holding right-wing views. Nevertheless, the College Republicans are an active student organization. Isolated incidences of intolerance do occur, but the overwhelming student reaction is an intolerance for intolerance.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
11%
International
6%
Native American
1%
White
65%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
85%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 48%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 6%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
48%
Male Faculty
52%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 2%
White: 90%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Cornell's campus is predominantly socially liberal and accepting of the GLBTQ community. Students are- successfully-encouraged by various organizations, events, and courses to be open-minded when it comes to people whose lives are different from their own. Alliance, Cornell's student organization for the "empowerment of queer people and allies," is well received on campus. Their "Safe Zone" signs, which indicate an individual who will be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy for a GLBTQ student, can be found throughout both the residence halls and academic buildings.
Political Activity
Cornell's political climate definitely leans to the left, though there are active student organizations for both democrats and republicans. Students are also involved in a wide range of other political issues, including poverty and the global AIDS crisis.
Economic Status
Cornell has a need-blind admissions policy, which means students from a wide variety of economic backgrounds are admitted. A majority of Cornell students receive financial aid of some type, whether it is need- or merit-based. Though many students come from middle-class homes, there are students from almost every walk of life. Additionally, there is no noticeable segregation within the student body based on socioeconomic status.
Most Common Religions
Religious affiliation is not something that is strongly emphasized at Cornell. The college itself is loosely affiliated with the Methodist Church, but the chaplain and office of spiritual life stress spirituality and open-mindedness. Cornell has student organizations with religious affiliations (ranging from Catholic to Jewish to alternative religions) that host events to promote both awareness and education about various religious holidays and practices.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Cornell boasts numerous student organizations focused on issues related to minorities or diversity in general on campus. BACO-Black Awareness Cultural Organization- focuses on awareness and empowerment through community and support. OLA-Organization for Latino Awareness-supports awareness and education about Latino culture on campus. Eyes of the World is an organization which serves as both a support system for international students and an outlet for students wishing to share or experience different cultural traditions and knowledge. These, and many other organizations, host a variety of events throughout the year, including movie screenings and discussions, speakers, and educational events on the OC. The Office of Intercultural Life sponsors an annual diversity conference which provides students an opportunity to showcase academic work and facilitates discussion on issues of race and ethnicity, gender, and class.

Student Polls

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

  • 25% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 48% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 35 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 13 responses

  • 23% Republican
  • 38% Democratic
  • 15% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 23% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 50% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 13 responses

  • 46% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 54% 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 28 responses

  • 39% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.

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