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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I was surprised by how diverse Princeton is, especially for an Ivy League. There are so many people here from so many different countries. In most of my seminars, there was a fair representation of students of color. That being said, there are still cases of intolerance that have become apparent after such incidents as Ferguson. Politically, Princeton seems to be a bit split. There's only a small portion of people that seem particularly interested in politics but those that are can find their niche in either major political ideology. Religion isn't a major major part of campus but if you're religious, there are ways to get involved. There are students who make that a big part of their campus experience. Sexual orientation is also something that seems pretty acceptable here. In terms of economic background, I think that's the most taboo thing of all. While there are several students who come from lower-income families, Princeton as a whole doesn't really address differences in lifestyles. There are several (more) students of privilege here and if you're not one of those students, it could be easy to feel left out in some ways.

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1 College Senior

Diversity: Overly liberal. Students are more liberal than profs

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Coming from a predominantly white, straight, Christian, middle-class, Republican, omnivorous area, I thought it was so interesting to suddenly be surrounded by all sorts of ethnicities, sexual identities, religions, economic backgrounds, and mostly Democrats. It has been an amazing learning experience for me. However, I have heard from a few people who identify as queer that the campus is not entirely receptive to people trying to come out.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Princeton needs more true diversity.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Our campus it very diverse. There are people from different backgrounds, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

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Depending upon students' personal experience, some students think that Princeton is very diverse, and others think that there are few minorities at all. While not all students believe that Princeton is diverse, it is impossible to deny the range of student groups available to promote diversity awareness.

Princeton is not as diverse as some other Ivy League schools, but the school's demographics are diverse considering the racial and economic makeup of the surrounding town. Diversity at Princeton is starting to improve, because the University has recently instituted a no-loan financial aid program, which ensures that all financial aid will be given in the form of grants that do not need to be repaid. An increasing number of discussion forums have also helped raise awareness of campus diversity issues.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 14%
25+: 23%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 25%
Native American: 0%
White: 62%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Generally, the Princeton community is accepting of gay students, as seen by the popularity of Pride Alliance events. However, there is the occasional incident, such as anti-gay graffiti, that reminds students of a very small un-accepting minority.
Political Activity
The majority of Princeton students do not engage in campus political activity on a regular basis, but there is an active debate group, the Whig-Cliostrophic Society. The College Republicans and College Democrats also draw an energetic membership. There has also been a recent influx of campus political publications, notably the Princeton Tory, a conservative thought magazine. With so many Princeton alumni going into politics and so many politicians sending their children to Princeton, election time is always interesting.
Economic Status
Even though Princeton has the reputation for being an elitist institution, Princeton attracts students of all economic backgrounds because of its recent no-loan program. Rather than forcing students to leave school debt-ridden, Princeton now awards financial aid grants.
Most Common Religions
Princeton has several very visible campus religious groups, such as Agape, Athletes in Action, and the Center for Jewish Life. Princeton’s Religious Life Office gives students many on-campus options and outlets for religious practice, including weekly meditation and prayer meetings in the University’s recently renovated chapel.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Sampling of Campus groups, such as Princeton South Asian Theatrics and Naacho, have helped raise awareness of minorities on campus. The Black Student Union has a board in Frist that allows for better publicity of minority events on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 20 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 45% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 22 responses

  • 14% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 24 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 10 responses

  • 20% Republican
  • 40% Democratic
  • 10% Independent
  • 10% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 70% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 10% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 10% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 10% 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 19 responses

  • 53% Very accepting.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% 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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