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Diversity

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5 College Senior

Diversity: A very diverse place to go to school

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The school as a whole is very white. I'm asian and i honestly forget that I am some times because all my friends are white and i'm pretty much all surrounded by white people. I don't think it's a bad thing at all, but just something that i've noticed.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is not much ethnic diversity. You will have to join a cultural club if you want to find that. People I know have a very wide spectrum of political beliefs and I've found it's not one way or the other. As for religion, here are a lot of Catholics also but not everyone practices and people will not impose their beliefs on you

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is not a ton of racial diversity but students are still very tolerant and accepting of all differences whether economically, politically, religious, sexual orientation, etc.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm white but I came from an inner city high school, so it was definitely a change coming to a place so not diverse, but there are some great minority clubs and I've found the campus generally accepting.

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Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
8%
International
3%
Native American
1%
Two or More Races
5%
White
73%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
51%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Oregon
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 40%
22-24: 11%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 86%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
The gay and lesbian presence on campus is not a major one. There is HERO (a gay-straight alliance club), which sponsors awareness and activism events throughout the year. While incidents of discrimination are fairy minimal, there is still an ongoing debate about what the relationship between the school and openly gay groups should be. This is either reassuring or shocking, depending on your view.
Political Activity
Gonzaga students come from all areas of the political spectrum. The average student is slightly left of center, but there are also far more politically and socially conservative people here than average. While there is a good amount of discussion and debate, Gonzaga students will rarely make news or raise eyebrows for their political activism or passion.
Economic Status
Gonzaga students come from a wide variety of economic backgrounds, many aided by the school’s generous financial aid packages. Nevertheless, as with most private universities, there are many whose family pocketbooks run deep.
Most Common Religions
Most of the student body are Roman Catholic, and it shows. There are numerous extracurricular programs, retreats, and events of an explicitly religious (usually Catholic) nature. While other religions or agnosticism are also treated as normal, there's no escaping the fact that Gonzaga is, fundamentally, a Catholic school. If you find this troubling, you probably won't enjoy your time here.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a good number of minority clubs on campus, but few pull much weight in the campus scene. Apart from the HPIC (Hawaiian-Pacific Islanders Club) luau and the International Student Union dinner, minority clubs are, well, a minority.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 42 responses

  • 17% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 57 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 23% Liberal
  • 39% Moderate
  • 18% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 56 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 32 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 41% Democratic
  • 31% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 16% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% 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.
  • 5% 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 32 responses

  • 31% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 59% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 3% 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 42 responses

  • 48% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.

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