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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a good number of international students- most of them from Asia, china and india in particular. Aside from that, most students are white, and the administration is making an effort to acknowledge and fix its own issues concerning race. The Black Lives Matter movement gained traction on campus because there is such a noticeable racial demographic on campus. We also have a large population of jewish students.

1 College Junior

Diversity: In terms of political views, basically no diversity. Hillary supporters this past year received threats for advertising "I'm With Her" posters. Imagine every obnoxious liberal hipster you hate in one place.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: If you're queer, this is the place to be. All genders and orientations are accepted pretty much universally across campus, and there's bigotry going on, it'll be called out instantly. There are smaller circles of cishets who resent SLC's queerness, but nobody likes them. Race is becoming more and more of a talked-about issue on campus, and generally speaking students are very aware of racial issues, but it's a pretty white campus and there's still a lot of work to be done there. Economically, it's rich hipster central. If you see someone who looks homeless, they're probably the child of millionaires. Politically, SLC is super liberal, and while there's a tendency towards the policing-faux-liberalism instead of real discussion that can be difficult at times, there are also circles of brilliant active liberals. Your political views will definitely be challenged here, and no matter how liberal you were going into it, you'll be more so coming out.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: In a nutshell. You can not survive long at Sarah Lawrence if you are a Republican. It is a die hard Democratic group.

Racial diversity is limited. It is a mainly white college but there are a few faces from other races. There is no racism at the college. No one honestly cares, if you are a nice person, people will be nice to you. Sexual diversity is the big star. You will have a better chance meeting people by far if you are a bisexual or heterosexual. Completely straight people are the minority.

Economically, students try and keep it on the low, but there is not many I have met who did not come from a privileged background of some sort.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: A school adage is gay before May and man is that accurate. Infer what you will, but this is rumored to be the best lesbian college in the country. Straight males, its a number game my friends. If you know what's good for you, matriculate here now!

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Diversity is a sore spot on campus among students, faculty, and administrators. Complaints about a lack of ethnic and economic diversity are supported by the stats. It’s one of SLC’s most glaring weak spots, but there is no easy solution. The College is trying to increase its financial aid resources so it can accept more students from solidly middle-class backgrounds, but in the meantime, the imbalance will remain intact. Political diversity is another sensitive subject. Conservatives are such a minority that it’s difficult to find any non-liberal viewpoints during discussions. Recent renovations on campus have designated areas for non-partisan political meetings as well as for non-denominational spiritual practice.

When it comes to sexual diversity, SLC triumphs. Open dialogues about human sexuality are encouraged on campus and in the classroom. If this kind of attitude makes you uneasy, then SLC may not be for you. There is a significant gay, lesbian, and transgender population, and tolerance is a non-issue. Clubs such as the Queer Voice Coalition organize campus-wide events and workshops to foster a community that not only accepts individual preferences, but is also willing to explore and question cultural notions of sexual identity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
8%
International
7%
Native American
0%
White
59%
Unknown
14%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
87%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 39%
22-24: 15%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
48%
Male Faculty
52%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The gay community is a major force in all aspects of SLC life-from the curriculum (in which there is a lesbian, gay, and transgender studies field) to the most popular on-campus party, the Sleaze Ball, organized in part by the Queer Voice Coalition. There's a good chance that if you ask an SLC student if he or she is gay or straight, they'll tell you that they're neither and that they're attracted to personalities, not genders. While acceptance of gays on an individual basis is a non-issue, some students complain that homosexuality comprises too much of the SLC identity. The slogan of choice among students is, after all, "Queer in a year or your money back."
Political Activity
Despite a history of political activism, students often complain that the campus, on the whole, is apathetic to political happenings and too lazy to get involved. Liberalism is predominant, and conservatism is usually severely frowned upon.
Economic Status
The sky-high tuition and lack of financial aid means that a majority of students comes from wealthy backgrounds. Some students flaunt it, others try to hide it, and often those students who aren't as well-off are vocal in their resentment of the abundance of "rich, white kids" on campus.
Most Common Religions
Religion is not trendy at SLC, but there are Christian, Jewish, and Muslim organizations. There is also a non-denominational spiritual space on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are highly-visible and very active on campus. For example, the Asian Pacific Island er Coalition for Diversity (APICAD) publishes a newsletter and runs barbecues, a homemade food delivery service, and other public events to generate awareness of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander cultural issues.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 23 responses

  • 52% Progressive/very liberal
  • 26% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 31 responses

  • 77% Progressive/very liberal
  • 16% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 32 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 16 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 81% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 11 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 16 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 22 responses

  • 64% Very accepting.
  • 27% 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.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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