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4 College Student

Diversity: There's basically every minority here, and there are plenty of clubs dedicated to cultures that you can join to meet with people of your minority

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Pretty diverse but mostly white and asian school. There is a huge number of cultural and religious organizations to make up for it and those are also very diverse because they are inclusive of the university and its peers.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of people here and classes definitely make it so that you must get to know everyone else.

3 College Student

Diversity: Drexel is mostly what you'd expect it to be. It reflects Philadelphia well - it's liberal and cosmopolitan and even fiscally diverse (despite what most people post.) Either I'm attracted to poor people, or there are just enough to have notable density. I think that many of them are from other parts of the city.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity at Drexel is great. There are so many people from all over the US and the world. I have met so many new people and learned about many different cultures. The economic background is mixed greatly as well. I know people that are at the university because of great scholarships and others who had the money to come here. Everyone at the university brings something new to the campus.

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Drexel's diversity plays a strong role in the college experience, making its students more worldly through their exposure to people of all backgrounds, including international students. This valuable exposure and interaction comes about in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, especially those related to community service, which are very popular at Drexel. The professors are diverse, as well, which certainly helps this cause.

Although Drexel students do get a lot of insight into other cultures in class and on campus, it is disappointing to see that many Drexel students, like most normal college students, usually limit their social groups to those of similar backgrounds. However, it is not that uncommon to see an interracial couple or a small group of friends that is ethnically diverse. Frat parties, on the other hand, are usually more racially/ethnically common. While Drexel has a diverse student body with respect to race and ethnicity, it is not very socioeconomically diverse. Unfortunately, the sky-high tuition only attracts a higher socioeconomic level.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 26%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
The campus is generally accepting of its gay students. In 2012, many gay students and supporters took part in a parade and protest against a Chick-fil-A panel being held on campus.
Political Activity
Most students are politically liberal. However, there is very little political activity on campus. Most students are uninterested in political activism. The administration does not support political activity and will not fund student groups that have what they deem is "a political focus."
Economic Status
Drexel has students from diverse economic backgrounds. The majority is in the range of lower- to upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
There is a vast array of religions practiced on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of minority clubs on campus, like Asian Students Association, Filipino Intercultural Society of Drexel University (FISDU), Hellenic Society, Japanese Undergraduate Student Association, Malaysian Students Association, Vietnamese Student Association, and West Indian Student Establishment (WISE), just to name a few.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 27 responses

  • 96% 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
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 114 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 114 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 28% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 117 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 116 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 27 responses

  • 93% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 7% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 27 responses

  • 15% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 30% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 26 responses

  • 88% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 8% 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.
  • 4% 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 27 responses

  • 52% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 44% 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 26 responses

  • 38% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 12% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 23% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 27% 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 115 responses

  • 58% Very accepting.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% 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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