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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is a key component that NYU likes to boast about. Most people are accepting, and pretty tolerant.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: NYU is a microcosm of the world

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4 College Senior

Diversity: There are many different activities held for different kinds of people.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: NYU is overall very diverse. We have a lot of international students from very different backgrounds. We also have students who associate with a variety of sexual orientations. From my experience, we have a lot of non-religious students here, however, I do know a few seriously religious students as well. I think with such a large, diverse student body there is an active group for students of each religion to associate with. We do lack diversity in some ways, as well. Politically, the school is largely liberal, and due to the cost of attendance, the majority of students, especially international students, are of high economic status.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Rich white people

Rich international students

An occasional minority student thrown in...what 2% African American? Unacceptable for a schoool in such a diverse place as new york

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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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 48 responses

  • 92% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 2% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 4% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 2% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 178 responses

  • 16% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 8% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 177 responses

  • 33% Progressive/very liberal
  • 51% Liberal
  • 5% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 184 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 183 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 48 responses

  • 56% No
  • 10% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 27% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 2% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 4% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 48 responses

  • 4% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 27% Independent
  • 8% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 47 responses

  • 74% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 9% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 2% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 15% 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 48 responses

  • 79% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 21% 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 47 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 13% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 43% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 28% 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 179 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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