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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Nowhere else in the world will you find the most brilliant people of all backgrounds.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: People are accepting of others and diversity is embraced.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: Stanford has the luxury, as a highly exclusive institution, of being able to craft a class diverse in race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic diversity, and much more. Students are uniformly talented, fun loving, and brilliant, and that's about the only thing uniform about them

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Though the diversity on campus could certainly be better, I believe that it's better here than at most colleges.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: One of the most diverse schools as far as every aspect goes except for international students. But the school is not just ethnically diverse, but very socioeconomically diverse, thanks to the financial aid

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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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 54 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 70 responses

  • 21% Progressive/very liberal
  • 49% Liberal
  • 20% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 70 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 29 responses

  • 14% Republican
  • 52% Democratic
  • 21% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 55% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 45% 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 30 responses

  • 63% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 37% 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 54 responses

  • 83% Very accepting.
  • 15% 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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