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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body doesn't feel very open minded

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's pretty white and can seem very homogenous at times. However, there is a significant amount of diversity and many great and interesting people. Once you look past all the L.L bean boots and vineyard vines, you will find great, interesting, and unique people. Don't be put off by first impressions.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many international students who attend Dickinson.

That being said, 77% of the student body is white and hails mostly from the NE region.

3% Black, and 6% Hispanic. Dickinson promotes that it's a diverse institution, when in reality, it just isn't.

But almost all students are very open and welcoming to diversity.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Dickinson is diverse compared to conservative schools, but there's always progress that can be made. Minority students usually group together.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I love my friends, regardless of their differences.

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Though statistics will tell you that Dickinson has virtually no diversity, students who actively seek out a diverse group of friends are rewarded with an interesting mix of peers with varying viewpoints and ideas. The College has a close relationship with a number of overseas institutions, and frequently attracts students from various nations, including China, Bulgaria, Argentina, Great Britain, Turkey, and Greece, to name a few. There is also a level of political, economic, and racial diversity, though not apparent at first glance, comparable with that of most of Dickinson’s peer institutions. Furthermore, global education is a top priority here, and more than half of the student body studies abroad for a semester or more at some point during their college careers. Students who go abroad bring their experiences back to the college upon their return, fostering new ideas and diverse interactions.

Yet, like many liberal arts schools of Dickinson's size, the College does seem to have problems attracting a large population outside of white, upper-middle-class students from the suburbs. While there is a fair amount of minority students, they are small enough in number that they tend to feel more comfortable sticking together, and it’s not uncommon to see them sitting in big groups in the cafeteria. However, the College works very hard to foster diversity on campus, and on any given weekend, students may be able to attend such diverse activities as Middle Eastern dance parties, German club dinners, or various holiday celebrations sponsored by Religious Life.

 

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
6%
International
8%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
78%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 50%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 4%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
46%
Male Faculty
54%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 88%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Spectrum, the school's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender group, is a visible club on campus. Though homosexuality is accepted by students, it is not something people are particularly open about. Students could probably name every student who is openly gay-but that's only because there are not a lot of them.
Political Activity
Students are very passionate about politics, and the College Republicans and College Democrats are two of the most popular groups on campus. The student body is pretty evenly mixed, though professors are, on average, more liberal than the students they teach.
Economic Status
Most students come from middle- to upper-class backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Consistent with the demographics of the United States, Dickinson is primarily made up of Christians-mostly Protestants and Catholics. There is also a large, active Jewish population on campus. Hillel is known for hosting fun, inclusive events such as bagel brunches and holiday parties. In addition, there are many minority religions represented at Dickinson including Islam and Hinduism.
Minority Clubs on Campus
African-American Society, Asian Social Interest Association, Club Afrique, Dickinson Desi Association, Latin American Club, Middle Eastern Club, Spectrum (GLBT), UMOJA
Did You Know?
Dickinson has an entire office within the Division of Student life that is responsible for dealing with issues of diversity. The Office of Diversity Initiatives is "a multicultural resource center" that coordinates programming on a wide array of issues and works with student organizations to give a voice to all students on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 24 responses

  • 17% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 27 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 28 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 12 responses

  • 8% Republican
  • 67% Democratic
  • 8% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 20% 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.
  • 46% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% 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 26 responses

  • 42% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 8% 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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