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2 College Freshman

Diversity: The racial diversity is a joke- this school is literally a sea of whiteness. Economically, almost everyone is upper middle class or VERY rich and its easy to feel alienated as a working class student. Politically, the student body is very split- most people seem kind of apathetic bordering on conservative, but there is also a strong and wonderful activist community for leftist and social justice-oriented students. As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have been met with nothing but acceptance from all of my peers, but there are a few rare instances of intolerance.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Large international community and urban setting helps add diversity.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have never met a group of people more diverse than the Northeastern student body. Everyone here is so open and accepting of diverse religions, cultures, sexual orientations, and beliefs. Most students I've met here are very liberal and open-minded, and the school culture reflects that very much.

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5 College Student

Diversity: SO many different people from different places, including many who have lived all around the world.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Northeastern University attracts students from all backgrounds, creating a very diverse student population.

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Northeastern places a strong emphasis on diversity, which certainly complements the fact that it is an urban campus in a large city. This diversity can be seen in the various races and nationalities of the student population, the wide array of student groups, and the several study abroad and overseas internship opportunities. There is truly something for everyone at Northeastern, and the University embraces and encourages diverse interests, choices, and ideals. The political activity on campus is prevalent and representative of the major political beliefs across the nation. The political organizations include the College Democrats, College Republicans, United Nations Association, and Young Americans for Liberty at Northeastern University. While the political influence on campus is respectful and certainly not overwhelming, it is a vibrant part of student life. 

Northeastern has various gay and lesbian organizations that are active on campus. Every year, Northeastern hosts its annual Pride Week, which is a week-long series of events that celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students. The goal of Pride Week is to raise awareness within the Northeastern community, as well as the general population, in an effort to gain acceptance and understanding for all. Religious organizations also play a large role on campus. The Spiritual Life Center is home to several diverse religious and spiritual groups including the Catholic Student Association, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Hillel, NU Hindu Student Association, Islamic Society, and many more. Religious groups are prevalent and reach out to students who are interested in participating.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
6%
International
18%
Native American
0%
White
48%
Unknown
11%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
77%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 24%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Northeastern has NU Pride, which is the group for bisexual, lesbian, and gay students. Being gay is no big deal at all at NU or in Boston.
Political Activity
Northeastern students tend to lean toward the liberal end of the spectrum, though you can certainly find Republicans among the student body, as well. The NU Democrats and NU Republicans are two student groups that are very active around campus and are particularly visible around elections.
Economic Status
Northeastern is an expensive school, but the vast majority of the student body receives financial aid. Some students are really poor, and others are astonishingly rich. Chances are, you'll find someone from every economic group.
Most Common Religions
Northeastern has its own Spiritual Life Center (SLC), where many religious groups hold meetings. Yoga sessions-which are sometimes offered for free-are frequently taught at the SLC, as well. Nearly every religious group is represented on Northeastern's campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Barkada, Cape Verdean Student Association (CVSA), Haitian Student Unity, NU Hillel, Hindu Vedic Vision Society (HVVS), and Latin American Student Organization (LASO) are just a few of the popular minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 125 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 168 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 42% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 169 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 88 responses

  • 6% Republican
  • 57% Democratic
  • 23% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 11% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 52 responses

  • 62% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 37% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 2% 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 88 responses

  • 61% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 38% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 1% 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 125 responses

  • 72% Very accepting.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% 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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