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Diversity: Rutgers is #1 when it comes to diversity and acceptance. Once you step inside the Rutgers communty, you will be immediately engulfed in a place where everyone of every sex, identity, race, religion, political beliefs have come together to aim for a common goal: to learn and have a bright future. During orientation before my first year, the Orientation Leaders spoke to us about acceptances and differences that everyone may or may not face there. This is taken very seriously at Rutgers. There is even a list of words and phrases that are insulting to most people and must not be said to anyone. I love the Rutgers community mainly because of the diversity here. I walk around and on my way to class I witness a group of people. None of them have the same skin tone, fashion style, looks, accents, or even religion. College is one of the best places to meet many different people from different backgrounds.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is so much diversity at Rutgers!

5 College Senior

Diversity: Rutgers is one of the most diverse schools in the country. Diversity is one of the things we're best known for! Not only do I have friends from many different backgrounds, but I have friends who have come from around the world. Rutgers also does a lot to honor it's diversity, and students in particular are very involved in this. There are multiple student orgs for different ethnicities and religions, and many different ways to get involved in political clubs as well. The administration hasn't quite caught up to the students in terms of diversity, but we're definitely making progress!

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Diversity: its okay, most races/ethnicities hang out together

4 College Junior

Diversity: Rutgers is a huge school, and there are people of all ages and walks of life here, both from New Jersey and all over the world. But that being said, it is still pretty easy to find people whom you relate to on some level, which is great.


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Rutgers University is consistently praised as one of the top diverse colleges in the nation. However, it is common Rutgers knowledge that the different groups stick together, and that each campus has an influx of a certain religious or ethnic group. The segregated groups on campus are certainly obvious, but Rutgers students do not think it's a problem. They blame the separateness on the immense amount of religious and cultural student groups and organizations, and specialty housing that ultimately makes the students separate.

Students, however, are friends with people that are different from them, and it is common to see a group of people eating together in the dining halls that look nothing like each other. It is just that Rutgers students like to celebrate their cultures and religions with people who have the same backgrounds as themselves. Prejudice and racism don't thrive at all at Rutgers, and it seems as though everybody has respect for each other. In the past, when an event on campus occurred that was derogatory to a certain group, the members of the Rutgers community went above and beyond to show their support for the attacked party. Problems do occur at times on campus, such as the heated Israel Palestine debate, but the administration treats these problems delicately. They never stop a protest, but supply them with the necessary security. Student voices can always be heard on campus, whether it is political or cultural, and Rutgers hardly censors a demonstration. Rutgers isn't a box that sets you into the real world when you graduate-the real world is Rutgers.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 21%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 14%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 66%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Rutgers University is very accepting of the gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual community. Rutgers even offers courses in gay and lesbian studies, under the women studies major. The gay community is outspoken on campus, like most of Rutgers’s social and political groups. The gay community at Rutgers hosts many events for World Aids Day, National Coming Out Day, and Queer Appreciation Week. They also organize the Day of Silence on campus. On this day, many gay advocates vow not to speak for 24 hours to symbolize the masses of gay people in the world who do not come out. In the past, some students have duct-taped their mouths shut in silent protest.
Political Activity
Rutgers has many different political and social student organizations. It is common to see an organization protesting outside of Brower Commons, College Avenue’s dining hall. In recent years, there has been tension between Palestinian and Israeli students at Rutgers. At one demonstration, both groups stood on opposite streets protesting the other’s cause. Whenever a demonstration occurs at Rutgers, RUPD is close by. Rutgers students are very liberated, opinionated, and alive with their beliefs and causes, which makes for a vibrant public sphere in classrooms. Although Rutgers is extremely diverse, everybody coincides with each other in peace on campus. Whenever a hate crime occurs against a certain religious, political, or ethnic group on campus, the majority of the Rutgers community reaches out to help them.
Economic Status
RU students come from many different economic backgrounds. Since it is a public university, many students attend Rutgers for its affordable tuition. However, RU attracts people from all social classes because many students were impressed by its membership in the Association of American Universities, the high abundance of majors, and its honor as being one of the top 10 oldest colleges in the country.
Most Common Religions
The enormity of Rutgers University makes for many different religions. Rutgers students have been known to attend different religious sects than the ones they were raised in in the quest for self discovery and knowledge. Rutgers University has places of worship for many religions on campus. The release of Recognized Campus Ministries has been posted on the Rutgers Web site at http://studentaffairs.rutgers.edu/campusmin.html.
Minority Clubs on Campus
A sampling of minority clubs includes the Desi Intercultural Youth Association (DIYA), the Douglass Asian Women’s Association (DAWA), the Douglass Black Students’ Congress (DBSC), the Asian Student Council, the Chinese Dance Troupe (Rutgers), the German Club, the Rutgers Union Estudiantil Puertorriquena, Sharing Our Light, the South Asian Student Council, and the Turkish Students Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 223 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 348 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 32% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 350 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 196 responses

  • 10% Republican
  • 45% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 31% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 137 responses

  • 58% 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.
  • 4% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 1% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 195 responses

  • 64% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 31% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% 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 223 responses

  • 63% Very accepting.
  • 34% 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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