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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely diverse in terms of ethnic background and religious beliefs. Less diverse in terms of economic background due to the general need for support throughout childhood and funding for school itself. Still we pride ourselves as being open to "any person, any study".

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: I'll just state the obvious here: because of it's "elite" status, an Ivy will never be truly diverse because almost all of the students at an institution like this came from money... Think about it, the kids at a school like this had to be able to afford tutors in high school so they could get the competitive GPA and SAT scores necessary to be admitted, as well as participate in many extracurriculars, all of which require time and/or money to participate. Anyone who considers Cornell or any Ivy League college to be diverse has clearly never left the little silver spoon Long Island bubble they grew up in.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: As a school in the north, the political beliefs of the campus are naturally more liberal than many other places in the country. As a top college, Cornell works hard to ensure a diverse campus.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: It's been great meeting so many different types of people, everyone gets along and no one cares.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Cornell has great diversity of race, background, culture, and sexual orientation. And while it is probably the most socioeconomically diverse of the Ivies, many people are totally out of touch with reality. If you confront them about Cornell's tendency to be mostly wealthy kids, they'll reply "OMG not true! Like, two of my friends were raised by single moms." ... great job, CU

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Cornell professes a commitment to diversity, and this is evident on campus by the numerous clubs, organizations, and classes dedicated to a variety of ethnicities, races, religions, and political views. There are also many international students and faculty. Support services are available for every walk of life. However, these services may dwindle in the future as increasing budget cuts hit groups and departments dedicated to minority services. In recent years, bias-related incidents have risen on campus—ignorance and outright racism does still exist—but this is still the exception, not the rule.

Overall, students are ambivalent in regards to the diversity of Cornell’s actual student population. Some feel that the school is populated by a majority of Asians and whites from New York City and the Long Island area. Certain Cornellians feel separated from minority groups, while others have a culturally and ethnically diverse mix of friends. Without a doubt, the student body represents a broad range of ideas and backgrounds, even if social scenarios don’t always favor integration. As long as you’re aware of the many groups and their activities on campus, you will have ample opportunity to mix with all different types of people.
 

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
16%
Hispanic
10%
International
10%
Native American
0%
White
44%
Unknown
10%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
70%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 18%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 16%
Native American: 0%
White: 72%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There are different student groups dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students' issues, as well as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center on campus. There are also numerous classes in the Feminist, Gender, Sexuality Studies program.
Political Activity
Political activity is common on Cornell's campus. In addition to the standard Cornell Democrats and College Republicans, there are a number of smaller social-justice-oriented clubs on campus, focusing on issues ranging from anti-war to the environment to immigrants' rights. All of these groups make their views known through protests, information campaigns, and other activities. Ithaca is known to be a very liberal town, and this trend tends to influence the campus political climate as well.
Economic Status
Students are from various socio-economic backgrounds. There's a natural impetus to assume that the majority of the students, due to the high price of an Ivy League university, are wealthy, but there is a huge disparity of economic status on campus. Many students are not from high-income backgrounds, and they may feel marginalized by Cornell due to the high prices for books, housing, and tuition.
Most Common Religions
Cornell has a large Jewish population, as well as many Christians, Catholics, Hindus, and Muslims. There are a variety of clubs on campus, as well as services at Sage Chapel, a non-denominational house of worship on the campus. Special holiday-themed activities, such as Christmas caroling or Shabbat 1000+, are common.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Sample: La Asociacion Latina; Black Students Union; Minority Business Students Organization; Mosaic; African, Latino, Asian, Native American Programming Board; Asian Pacific Americans for Action; Hillel; Indonesian Association; Islamic Alliance for Justice; Multicultural Greek Letter Council; Direct Action to Stop Heterosexism; The Association for Students of Color

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 82 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 125 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 46% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 127 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 68 responses

  • 24% Republican
  • 38% Democratic
  • 13% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 22% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 39% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 49% 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 69 responses

  • 42% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 46% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 82 responses

  • 63% Very accepting.
  • 30% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% 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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