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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There's 80% white people on campus. 70% women. It's hard to find people to relate to because of this.

4 College Junior

Diversity: A lot of diversity but every ethnicity is segregated.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The schools likes to brag how they have a diverse campus. While we do have many international students, most students are white and from Long Island or the city. As far as political beliefs, this school is extremely liberal. If you're a conservative you'll have a tough time adjusting as many students are not welcoming to those with conservative beliefs. LGBT is prevalent on campus, you'll definitely fit right in if you're gay, lesbian, etc... The school is not religious at all

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a good deal of diversity within the campus regarding race and and sexual orientation.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: No diversity in political views. One of the most liberal schools

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While SUNY New Paltz is, statistically speaking, comprised mostly of white females, the school prides itself in its diverse and open-minded student body. After all, it is from this diversity that the University's intellectual and cultural richness stems.

There's a place (and, likely, an organization) for every student, regardless of his or her ethnicity, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Most of the students and faculty seem to be liberal, but diverging political beliefs are welcomed, not shunned, as they only serve to enhance discussion.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
12%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
64%
Unknown
8%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
7%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 21%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
51%
Male Faculty
49%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Most students at NP would agree with the beloved luminary Lady Gaga: "No matter gay, straight, or bi, lesbian, transgendered life"-we're all on the right track, baby. But in all seriousness, straight students are generally very accepting and supportive of students who don't identify as straight. Organizations like the Queer Action Coalition (QAC) are not only present but active on campus. Plus, QAC hosts an annual drag ball that's guaranteed to be a blast.
Political Activity
Most of the student body is progressive, and many students are socially and politically active. Demonstrations are frequent on and around campus; in the past, there have been organized trips up to Albany to protest state-wide issues like budget cuts.
Economic Status
As one of the most affordable SUNY schools, most students come from modest economic backgrounds. Some are the first in their families to attend college. Other students are comfortably middle class. No one really cares about how much money you have, and the few students who do come from money don't drive fancy cars or rock ostentatious gear.
Most Common Religions
As a state school, religion is not really present on or around campus. There are some exceptions: on Ash Wednesday, many students walk around with crosses of ash on their foreheads. There are also a few practicing Muslims who wear hijabs. But for the most part, nobody knows or cares about others' religious beliefs (unless you're discussing them in a history, anthropology, or philosophy class).
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are tons of minority clubs on campus, some of the biggest including the Black Student Union and the Asian Student Association.
Did You Know?
There's a 3-to-1 female-to-male ratio.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 62 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 44% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 79 responses

  • 30% Progressive/very liberal
  • 47% Liberal
  • 5% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 79 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 39 responses

  • 8% Republican
  • 41% Democratic
  • 13% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 38% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 24 responses

  • 88% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 12% 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 40 responses

  • 85% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 15% 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 62 responses

  • 66% Very accepting.
  • 29% 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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