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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Regardless of everyones skin color and ethnic origins (certainly majority caucasian), I'd describe the dominant vibe of the campus as Midwestern Whitebread. Black students were very self-segregated. And rightfully so, given the amount of ignorance around.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A lot of people would say that NU isn't really all that diverse, but they obviously haven't seen what many other schools look like

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: For such an expensive and prestigious university, I think Northwestern does a good job of accepting diverse students, but I don't think there's social equality when it comes to socio-economic class more so than race.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is really great so you can find people you fit in with no matter what you views or sexual preferences are.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I don't think its as great as people claim. I think as a whole its not an intolerant school but when you break it up and actually talk to people there are a lot of stereotypes and I wouldn't say everyone is friends with everyone. Certain student groups really bring people together but I think the whole "all the Chinese kids sit together at the lunch table" thing is very true.

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Diversity is a touchy subject at Northwestern. Many people would be quick to talk about the large numbers of Asian and Indian students, most notably, the international students. Northwestern boasts a student body that hails from 30 countries and all 50 states, but the African American and Hispanic populations are noticeably smaller. For the most part, students are very accepting of the minority populations, whether they are racial, sexual, or economic. Northwestern does have a very steep tuition, but financial aid and other government grants allow for a student body that is very economically diverse. Unlike racial diversity, these differences are harder to spot, and everyone blends together from an outsider’s perspective. But for students in lower-income brackets, Northwestern students from other economic brackets can seem a bit spoiled. Hopefully, Northwestern will take measures to ease these tensions soon.

Minority social groups are very prominent on campus. The support groups range from the Multicultural Greek Council and ethnic a cappella groups to publications like NU Asian Magazine and BlackBoard Magazine. Other groups include Alianza (for Hispanic students), For Members Only (for black students), South Asian Student Alliance (SASA), African Students Association (ASA), and others. The multitude of multicultural student groups on campus provides good support to students who may feel lost in the shuffle.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
15%
Hispanic
8%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
50%
Unknown
12%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
75%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 22%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 17%
25+: 37%
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 14%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
One student group, Rainbow Alliance, addresses gay issues. Students on campus are usually pretty accepting of the gay community.
Political Activity
College Democrats, College Republicans, and Campus Greens/Activists are all student groups on campus, so there's a place for you, regardless of your political views.
Economic Status
It's relatively high-end, considering NU is a pricey, private institution. However, 14 percent of students in the Class of 2015 were Pell Grant recipients, which is a common identifier of lower-income students. This number seems to rise yearly.
Most Common Religions
Mostly Christian, Catholic, or Jewish
Minority Clubs on Campus
Several minority clubs are active on campus, including Alianza, For Members Only (FMO), Korean American Students Association (KASA), South Asian Student Alliance, and NU Thai Club. The clubs are very active in advertising their events. There are even a few minority a cappella groups, including Brown Sugar, Treblemakers, and Quad-A.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 9 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 67 responses

  • 21% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 7% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 67 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 61% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 62 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 62 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 9 responses

  • 89% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 11% 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 9 responses

  • 11% Republican
  • 56% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 11% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 8 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 9 responses

  • 44% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 56% 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 8 responses

  • 38% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 12% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 25% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 25% 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 69 responses

  • 54% Very accepting.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
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