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4 College Freshman

Diversity: It is a very diverse school. That is one of the great things about it. Everyone is from everywhere and people are from someplace interesting.

5 College Junior

Diversity: People come here from every state and country around the world.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: 2019 has one of the most diverse classes the school has ever seen.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: NYU, like NYC, is extremely diverse and accepting, for the most part.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: NYU has the most diverse group of students from any other college I have ever visited. You find people from all over the world with every interest and backstory imaginable. This said, I have not yet encountered an instance where a minority is discriminated against or there have been a clash of ethnicities/religions/sexual orientation/socioeconomic class. Perhaps the most heated debates are about politics, but it doesn't tend to get personal or nasty.

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No matter who you are or where you come from, there is a place for you at NYU. While it is true that most of the student body hails from New Jersey, Long Island, and LA, the student population represents an incredible range of cultures and backgrounds. The students at NYU do a great job of both enforcing and breaking stereotypes about race, gender, religion, and other categories. Students can choose to join one or several clubs based on their ethnicities and spend most of their time with people just like themselves, or they can opt to steer clear of organizations that are based on race and form their own circle of friends.

Being in New York City, NYU definitely represents the entire spectrum of types of people. While well-to-do white students may be the majority, there is some of everything. In its events, organizations, and academic programs, NYU gives all students the opportunity to move beyond their comfort zones, and meet new and different types of people. NYU is a great place to redefine yourself, and every day you see people all around you at various points in the process. Overall, you will find people of almost any race, religious belief, etc.; thus, NYU is often a very accommodating community.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
17%
Hispanic
9%
International
12%
Native American
0%
White
39%
Unknown
16%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
76%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 19%
25+: 26%
Female Faculty
42%
Male Faculty
58%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 9%
Native American: 0%
White: 70%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
NYU is full of LGBT and ally students. The University supports them well with an active LGBT center that works with other campus organizations to facilitate programs like Safe Zone training. LGBT students are involved in all aspects of NYU, from politics and business to theatre and sports, and the majority of the student body is open and accepting.
Political Activity
NYU students love to protest. Whether it's over war, hunger in a foreign country, or the University president's policies, NYU students will be there in Washington Square Park or in front of a campus building with signs and megaphones.
Economic Status
With tuition as high as NYU's, quite a few students come from wealthy families, and those families support them generously while they study. Alongside a large affluent population, there are first generation college students and people putting themselves through school. NYU represents the whole range of socioeconomic possibilities, but the average student is upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
In a city like New York, you can find any religion you can imagine. Most students on campus claim to be Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Hindu.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs at NYU are proud organizations. From Afghan to Vietnamese and everything in between, there is a student group for every culture and country at NYU. Unlike high school, where people joined these clubs just to get in to college, all members genuinely want to be in the clubs.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 185 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 8% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 264 responses

  • 39% Progressive/very liberal
  • 47% Liberal
  • 5% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 271 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 135 responses

  • 4% Republican
  • 50% Democratic
  • 23% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 18% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 87 responses

  • 84% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 16% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 135 responses

  • 81% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 19% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 186 responses

  • 77% Very accepting.
  • 21% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% 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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