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Diversity: Diversity anywhere in New York bests any place on earth.

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Diversity: So much diversity. It's fun to end up being the only white person in your class sometimes.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: HUnter is very diverse! you will find someone of every background here. Black, white, spanish, asian, indian, christian, jew, atheist...satanist. This is one of the reasons why I like hunter.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Hunter must be one the most diverse campuses in the world, not just in where people are from but also in ages of students.

5 College Senior

Diversity: It is extremely diverse in Hunter College as well as accepting


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Hunter College is as diverse as the city in which it resides, and, like that city, it ranks as one of the most diverse of its kind in the country. Diversity is something that Hunter prides itself in, and it would have to be one of the College's biggest defining characteristics. Because of its diversity, there is a very welcoming and accepting air at Hunter; no one is likely to feel like an outsider, and students are free to be themselves. Walking down Hunter’s halls, you may share them with a woman wearing a khimar or a man wearing a do-rag. You may catch snippets of hurried conversations in Russian or Spanish. During Dean’s Hours (a block of time every Wednesday), you can participate in anything from the Bangladesh Student Association to the Salsa/Mambo Club. At bake sales, you can sample Middle Eastern cuisine in addition to Entenmann’s cookies. Generically speaking, you can find every “type” at Hunter, whether it be a jock, nerd, hipster, stoner, or prep.

Hunter’s students are not only diverse in color, but also in experience. The typical freshman is an anomaly. He can be a student fresh out of high school or a man with three children starting a new career. It is very rare to have a classroom full of students with similar backgrounds or of the same age, and that is something that makes Hunter a really incredible place. In one class, you can have a former child actress, a Soviet refugee, or a retired teacher. Not all of Hunter’s students have led fascinating lives, but the different life experience and education levels that students bring to the classroom make Hunter a truly diverse campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 4%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 20%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 9%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 10%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Sexual orientation is not an issue at Hunter. Hunter is a very accepting campus that has a visible gay presence through groups such as the Gay Men's Alliance.
Political Activity
As the most politically active school in the entire CUNY system, Hunter likely will host a protest and walkout at least once a semester. Everybody's voice is heard at the school. The Socialists tend to be the most visible group on campus. It is not uncommon to see international students regularly voice their opinions, as well.
Economic Status
Hunter is a very affordable school. Students at Hunter come from varying socioeconomic backgrounds, although many students pay their way through college.
Most Common Religions
Religion is not really a big deal at Hunter. There are groups like the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, which is really open to all students, as well as clubs for Buddhists, Hindus, Jews, and Muslims.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Hunter's minority club presence is a testament to its diversity. There are clubs for students of Caribbean, Latino, African, African American, Asian, and South Asian descent. Clubs can also be started if there is no particular club for a minority group.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 23 responses

  • 91% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 4% 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
  • 4% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

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

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 37% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 82 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 82 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 82 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 23 responses

  • 87% No
  • 4% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 9% 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 23 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 35% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 9% Other party not mentioned
  • 26% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 23 responses

  • 96% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 4% 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.
  • 0% 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 23 responses

  • 70% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 26% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 23 responses

  • 9% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 39% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 26% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 26% 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 83 responses

  • 76% Very accepting.
  • 23% 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.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.


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