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4 College Junior

Diversity: Harvard does a great job of investing in a diverse student body, very supportive of other sexualities and strong vocal presence of minorities.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Harvard is an extremely diverse place in terms of race, background, economic status, sexual orientation, country of origin, all that stuff. People here tend to have a unique perspective and something that they contribute to the community around them.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse place where most people are open to hearing others' opinions, and actually interested in expanding their own views in an intellectual manner.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Look to I, Too, Am Harvard to see how well our school does with racial equality. Luckily, the conservatives on campus are few and far between.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is an incredible amount of diversity at Harvard, a fact that is evident in many of the clubs and organizations devoted to the celebration of such diversity and bringing together or like-minded individuals.

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Harvard undergraduates thrive on diversity because it presents alternate approaches and opinions on topics ranging from politics and religion to culture and sexuality. Harvard students tend to be among the most open-minded in higher education. Students of all races, backgrounds, and beliefs will find a forum in which they can express and discuss their opinions. Despite the wealth of diversity, some students do complain that most of the undergraduates come from a very narrow socioeconomic bracket.

Students hail from across the globe, and though this facilitates expression and individuality, it often fuels controversies that captivate the entire student body (check out www.thecrimson.com for recent controversies and debates across campus). If diversity is a must, then Harvard is certainly the right fit, but for close-minded souls, culture shock will certainly await you around every corner here.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
15%
Hispanic
8%
International
15%
Native American
0%
White
46%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
85%
Common States of Residence
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 15%
20-21: 16%
22-24: 18%
25+: 48%
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 27%
Native American: 0%
White: 57%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Harvard is tolerant of homosexuality, and the Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender and Supporters Allliance (BGLTSA) is constantly rallying to increase tolerance for homosexuality on campus.
Political Activity
Harvard possesses a largely liberal political base, but conservative political groups do make their presence felt. Nearly every student has an informed opinion, and the Institute of Politics provides an excellent forum for discussion and debate of current political topics.
Economic Status
The economic status of Harvard students ranges the entire spectrum. Some students work their way through school, while others never worry about finances. Most students come from upper-middle-class homes.
Most Common Religions
Harvard is certainly a secular University in which no one religion dominates the University. Christianity and Judaism appear to be the most represented religions. Religiously focused organizations have very little visibility on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Undergraduate minority students have the opportunity to join many clubs and organizations that are focused on improving the status of and fostering community among minority students on campus. Most notable is the Black Students Association (BSA).

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 17% 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 31 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 10% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 30 responses

  • 23% Progressive/very liberal
  • 47% Liberal
  • 7% Moderate
  • 7% Conservative
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 33 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 32 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 6 responses

  • 83% No
  • 17% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% 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 6 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 33% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% 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.
  • 20% 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 6 responses

  • 83% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 17% 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 5 responses

  • 60% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 40% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 0% 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 32 responses

  • 53% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% 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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