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Diversity

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1 College Senior

Diversity: not accepting of difference unless it fits in

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The campus is extremely diverse in all aspects. This is fueled by the large number of international students at the school. However outside of Greek organizations the different groups tend to stick together within their own social circles and very few branch out.

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4 College Student

Diversity: Diversity is key and is valued as such.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: All groups are represented and welcomed.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: On the whole, people are very supportive of sexual orientation (evidenced by our strong LGBTQ community). Discussion of politics, religion, and socioeconomic background are not particularly common, but on the whole students are very accepting of people across the spectrum in those areas.

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Stanford is known for its large unique population. White students are only a 34 percent majority, and other minority groups such as black, Hispanic, and Native American are represented in huge numbers compared to other schools. Stanford does not participate in Affirmative Action; the admissions committee works hard to make sure the school is diverse with qualified students. 

Diversity at Stanford is not just defined by race and ethnicity; it is also defined by socioeconomic level, first generation college, foster care, places of residence, religious affiliation, and sexual orientation. With many community centers, cultural-themed dorms, and diverse faculty members, Stanford celebrates uniqueness. If you are excited to be immersed in an environment with every kind of person from every kind of background, then Stanford is for you. There is no one right answer or one right opinion.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
18%
Hispanic
15%
International
13%
Native American
1%
White
36%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
62%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 19%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 22%
25+: 37%
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 16%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 63%
Unknown: 16%
Gay Pride
The campus and surrounding communities are highly accepting of gay students. There are support groups on campus, such as QSA (Queer Straight Alliance), and the gay community is relatively visible within Stanford. There are gay parties, and one co-op unofficially serves as a center for gay students who want to live together.
Political Activity
Most students identify as left/liberal or apathetic. There are relatively few protests, though a few professors and students will put together occasional rallies for or against various political issues. Despite the overwhelming liberal tendencies, there is actually an active pocket of budding young Republicans who get moral support from the Hoover Institution-a conservative academic group on campus.
Economic Status
Stanford certainly makes an effort to diversify, not only in racial and ethnic terms, but also in regards to economic status. There are some very poor students here, but also some extremely rich ones. Your average Stanford student is upper-middle class, but you will find a range of financial levels. Your roommate could be first generation college and your classmate could be royalty.
Most Common Religions
Christianity (Protestant and Catholic), Judaism, Islam
Minority Clubs on Campus
Most minorities at Stanford have some form of a community center and many associated clubs. There are ethnic political groups and organizations (MEChA, NAACP), and there are also many ethnic Greek, business, and religious organizations.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 86% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 14% 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 48 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 48 responses

  • 21% Progressive/very liberal
  • 48% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 48 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 48 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 8 responses

  • 38% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 50% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 12% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 7 responses

  • 14% Republican
  • 57% Democratic
  • 14% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 71% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 14% 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.
  • 14% 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 8 responses

  • 75% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 25% 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 7 responses

  • 29% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 14% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 43% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 14% 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 47 responses

  • 87% Very accepting.
  • 11% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% 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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