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5 College Junior

Diversity: Diversity is everywhere and it's accepted and wonderful.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity is a hot topic at Emerson. The vast majority is white, so you'll often hear people (white and nonwhite alike) complaining about the lack of diversity on campus. Most students here come from upper-middle class households but an increasing amount are coming from wealthy families, but they usually tend to gravitate toward each other. Friend groups definitely form based on economic background. Most students are liberal, but there are definitely some conservatives, they just don't advertise their beliefs because they're in the minority. This school is one of the least religious schools in the country and it is one of the most LGBT-friendly.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have different personalities, but not very much representation through culture and ethnicities.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I personally believe that there is a great level of diversity, however, a number of students believe that there ought to be more racial diversity. I don't believe that the only sort of diversity involves race, so I don't see it as an issue because there are people from all backgrounds here. The largest ethic groups, broadly, I would say are both Western/Eastern Caucasians and Latinos/Hispanics, with a smaller number of Black and African students, and Asian students.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse sexual orientation's are widely accepted across the campus. However, liberal mindedness is the norm of most. Also, in terms of campus ethnic diversity, it is severely lacking. An article was just published about how there are less Black students enrolled in the 2012 Freshman class than in 1969 when they decided to increase the amount they would accept per year.

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The admissions office at Emerson prides itself on the diversity of its students. But anyone who looks at the numbers quickly gathers that the school is predominantly white, and anyone who attends a class learns that the school is mostly made up of liberal students and faculty. The exceptions to these, of course, exist and are refreshing. For example, when you finally have a class with someone who shares Republican views, you’ll find it either gives you the courage to discuss your idea or helps you strengthen your argument because of the challenge. Since Emerson is nestled in the very engine of Boston—the downtown area—students are exposed to all races, religions, and political ideas—although this doesn’t mean your roommate won’t look exactly like everyone else. The College does have a sizable gay community, which is well supported and positively contributes to the diversity of the school. Emerson is also home to many international students.

Overall, many Emerson students complain about the overwhelmingly white, liberal, wealth of the campus. But, aside from the numbers, there are differences everywhere you look. No matter what you look like, where you stand politically, or the size of your bank account, you’re welcome here.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 13%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus welcomes gay and lesbian students. The Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Student Life works to improve the quality of life for all students. The Office of GLBT Student Life works closely with the student organization “Emerson’s Alliance for Gays, Lesbians, and Everyone” (EAGLE). For more information visit www.emerson.edu/student_life, and click on GLBT Student Affairs.
Political Activity
Most students and faculty are politically and socially liberal. Both are generally outspoken about politics and politically active.
Economic Status
Let's just say that the phrase, "Do you know who her father/uncle/mummy/brother is?" isn't uncommon. Emerson students are loaded.
Most Common Religions
Emerson students are known for their liberal view on religion. However, Emerson does have a Center for Spiritual Life, which is home to student groups such as the Emerson Good News Fellowship, Hillel, and the Newman Club.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Despite the glaring “whiteness” shown in Emerson’s diversity statistics, minority clubs on campus such as ASIA, Amigos, and EBONI are abundant, active, and throw some of the best events.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% 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 37 responses

  • 16% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 8% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 37 responses

  • 49% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 5% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 38 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 37 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 12 responses

  • 67% No
  • 8% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 17% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 50% Democratic
  • 42% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 8% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% 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.
  • 9% 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 12 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 27% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 73% 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 38 responses

  • 74% Very accepting.
  • 18% 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.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.



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