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3 College Student

Diversity: It is a very diverse campus on the surface due to the large number of international students. My experience has been positive as a black student, and I have a variety of diverse friends. I do feel like there are not many black or latina students, so diversity depends on the individual. In terms of socioeconomic backgrounds, most people are upper-middle class, but it really doesn't affect the experience of the school.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I've noticed a ton of diversity and a tolerance to diversity. I have yet to meet any ignorant or unaccepting students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The school is very diverse, but there is not interaction among the different ethnic groups.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: The diversity on campus is astounding. There are so many different people and cultures to learn from and become immersed in.

4 College Junior

Diversity: At Northeastern, you run into a wide range of people regarding ethnicity, country of origin, sexual orientation, and lifestyle.


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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 37 responses

  • 92% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 5% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 3% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 118 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 117 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 37% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 118 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 118 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 36 responses

  • 69% No
  • 8% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 19% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 3% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 37 responses

  • 8% Republican
  • 57% Democratic
  • 19% Independent
  • 8% Other party not mentioned
  • 8% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 36 responses

  • 83% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 3% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 8% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% 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 37 responses

  • 59% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 41% 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 37 responses

  • 8% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 8% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 32% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 51% 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 118 responses

  • 72% Very accepting.
  • 25% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% 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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