At first glance, Lafayette College is not the most diverse campus on the East Coast. Most of the student body is comprised of upper-middle class, mid-Atlantic Caucasians. The College catalog claims that 5 percent of the student population comes from outside of the United States; however, most international students do not interact with the rest of the student body and vice versa. Even among the American students, instances of racial/ethnic/class segregation are quite prevalent. Social circles are commonly split along the racial/ethnic divide. A saunter through the Farinon College Center will reveal pockets of such behavior; for example, students involved in the Posse program (which draws mostly inner-city ethnic minorities) typically hang out with other students in the program. Likewise, members of the same sports team or the same Greek house will also socialize within their own circles.
The College, for its part, does try to promote campus diversity. While there have been instances of anti-semitic behavior, these issues were promptly addressed by the administration and the student body. Events hosted by the International Students Association (ISA) are widely publicized, as well as programs organized by the Association of Black Collegians (ABC), the Association For Lafayette Feminists, and the campus LGBTQ group, QuEST (Questioning Established Sexual Taboos). However, the campus is not known for having the most LGBTQ-friendly student body. Few people of diverse sexual backgrounds attend Lafayette College.