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5 College Senior

Diversity: MIT is very diverse. I know people of all ethnic, economic, religious, sexual, and political backgrounds, though we are probably more liberal than your average college.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: MIT is filled with students from all over the world and from all walks of life. I have always found it to be an extremely open community in terms of receptiveness to opposing views and types of people. I feel like everyone can find their place at MIT.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Rich kids, poor kids, you name it. They're all here. In terms of ethnicity, there are mostly white kids and Asian kids, but there's a good number of other ethnicities as well. Overall, it's very diverse here. There are international students, many from Asian countries, some from African countries, some from Canada (haha). I never ran into many Europeans, though, but I know they exist. There are also people from South America, presumably. Politics, most I think are liberal, though you will find conservatives. Religion varies and as well as sexual orientation. Overall, the MIT community is just one big rainbow. I probably never once thought about diversity as something to be talked about 'cause it seemed to be the norm here.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I've enjoyed the diversity on campus as I come from a very homogeneous background. Everyone comes from very different places with very different beliefs. MIT is also accepting to how anyone identifies in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have not run into any issues regarding diversity personally, but there are people on campus who constantly push for more recognition of diversity, so I have to assume that there are still problems.

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The MIT admissions office strives to find brilliant and unique students. On paper, MIT is one of the most diverse campuses in the nation, and this diversity extends well beyond race to religion, background, political viewpoints, and personal beliefs. There are student groups and clubs for every possible interest, including political groups, cultural groups, religious groups, and a variety of combinations in between. The point is that although no two students at MIT are exactly alike, people still want to bond over the things that they share in common.

Racially, the only problem with all the diversity is a tendency for self-segregation. Students mingle in classes and activities, but some living groups and social networks tend to be divided along racial lines. For the most part, however, this segregation isn’t intentional, and barriers are easily broken. If you have any problems with any races, religions, or beliefs, MIT could shock or maybe even upset you. If you welcome diversity, new experiences, and open exchange of ideas and beliefs, you will be very comfortable at MIT.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
24%
Hispanic
15%
International
10%
Native American
0%
White
36%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
92%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 19%
20-21: 18%
22-24: 21%
25+: 41%
Female Faculty
23%
Male Faculty
77%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 17%
Native American: 0%
White: 64%
Unknown: 6%
Gay Pride
LBGT@MIT is a very active organization that has services, activities, and resources for LGBT individuals. In general, the community is receptive to diverse opinions. The Rainbow Lounge is a popular area for LGBT events.
Political Activity
MIT College Republicans and College Democrats exist, but they are not very active. Being that MIT is in the greater Boston area, most people have a generally left-of-center view on many issues. There is also Asian Pacific American Caucus, MIT Libertarians, and MIT Pro-Life.
Economic Status
Seventy percent of undergraduates receive either a need-based or merit-based scholarship. Undergraduates receive more than $78 million annually in scholarships from all sources.
Most Common Religions
There are no particular religious affiliations. People come from different backgrounds.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Chinese Students Club, European Club, Filipino Student Association, Hungarian Student Association, Hindu Students Council, Korean Students' Association, La Union Chicano por Aztlan, MIT Societo por Esperanto

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 7 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 27 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 37% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 11% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 26 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 25 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 25 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 8 responses

  • 88% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 12% 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 7 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 14% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 14% Other party not mentioned
  • 71% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% 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.
  • 0% 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 8 responses

  • 75% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 25% 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 7 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 14% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 57% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 29% 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 27 responses

  • 96% Very accepting.
  • 4% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% 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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