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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I've met and seen millions of international students from all over the globe (mainly from China), and there are millions of ways international students can get involved and meet other international students around campus. In just the US, most of the students here are from the northeast or from California, but there are still a ton of people like me (from Alabama) that come from other places around the country.

3 College Senior

Diversity: The campus is very diverse, but I know some racial and sexual minority groups do not feel entirely accepted. That's not to say that everyone in these groups feels unaccepted, but some students do, and are participating in movements on campus to make it better.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is fair amount of diversity for being a private university but theres lots of prejudice. Racial slurs are very abundant on campus

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a ton of different people here. Some people are racist toward the Chinese international students, though.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Somewhat segregated but it's pretty diverse and there a lot of international students.

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SU, like most colleges, likes to brag about having a culturally-diverse student body. Although Syracuse may not be the most diverse campus around, there are a significant number of minority students here. That said, pure numbers and statistics do not determine the true diversity level on a college campus; intermingling between cultures is what's important. However, Syracuse, like many other "diverse" universities, shows a distinct lack of social interaction between people of different backgrounds. Whether it is in the student center or in the extracurricular activities students chose to participate in, the separation is evident, despite the University's best efforts to promote cultural unity. On the other hand, though, students of different economic backgrounds mesh together here quite well.

There is, however, a great number or clubs and organizations that cater to minority students. Black and Latino fraternities are an influential force in bringing dances and speakers to SU. Places like the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Resource Center and the Winnick Hillel Center are key elements of the SU community, and they are welcome to everyone, not just people that fit their respective group interests. Also, majors like Middle Eastern, Native American, African American, and Latino American studies are seeing a rise in student interest.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
10%
International
5%
Native American
1%
White
59%
Unknown
10%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
65%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 17%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 7%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
You won’t find many acts of intolerance against homosexuals at SU. The city of Syracuse has a fairly active gay community, both politically and socially, as there are many clubs aimed toward gays in the area. At SU, there is a Pride Union, as well as a LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) resource center on campus.
Political Activity
There are a bunch of political groups on campus. They tend to be more prevalent on campus during times of political distress in the world beyond SU. Due to the recent events in the U.S., the political scene has dramatically increased in visibility.
Economic Status
Although students come from many different economic and social backgrounds, the majority of students at SU fall either in the middle- or upper-middle-class category. Being a private school, and an expensive one at that, it leads to this distinction. Interaction between castes, however, has never been an issue.
Most Common Religions
There is a large variety when it comes to religion, as well. Although SU probably has more Jewish students than most colleges, the percentage is not overwhelming one way or the other. There are many churches within walking distance of the campus, as well as a few temples and one mosque. The new Winnick Hillel Center has boosted interest in the Jewish organization.
Minority Clubs on Campus
SU has an abundance of clubs that cater to very specific groups. Such clubs as the African Students Union, Asian Students in America, Association of International Students, and Caribbean Students Association are just some of the many clubs aimed at minorities. However, there are also clubs like the Multiracial Experience and Students Advocating Multicultural Equality that bring cultures and races together.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 32 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% 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 125 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 42% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 7% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 125 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 127 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 128 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 33 responses

  • 85% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 15% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 32 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 50% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 32 responses

  • 84% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 6% 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.
  • 9% 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 33 responses

  • 42% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 55% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 3% 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 32 responses

  • 12% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 6% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 44% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 38% 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 123 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 14% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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