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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I am African-American (my parents are African but I was born here) and before Temple, I have always gone to predominantly minority schools so going to Temple and being among a lot of white people was a culture shock for me. Even so, I haven't had any serious issues regarding my race since I've been here. But I'll admit that some of the friends I've made at Temple have said ignorant things about race and gender and these same friends are those who came from predominantly white areas.

Even though Temple is mostly white, it does boast a diverse population. I've been heavily immersed in the Indian culture because of the friends I've made here and I love it. I've also made a lot of gay/bisexual friends. I have never had such a diverse group of friends before I got here and it's amazing how much I've learned about the world just by living in Philadelphia.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I absolutely love the diversity here at Temple. it is one of the main reasons I chose to apply here!

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I absolutely love the diversity at Temple University and it was one of the main reasons why I chose to attend. The LGBT community is very prevalent on campus, and one of my best friends is an international student from Kuwait.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: While the school claims to be diverse, it's not unless you look for the diversity

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is very diverse and accepting of all students.

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Temple broadcasts the fact that it is a diverse school. It has a large population representative of most ethnicities, but Temple is a predominantly white school. Still, with all the diversity at Temple, you could possibly find someone from the same hometown, with the same birth date, and with the same major. During the first year at Temple, you will see the same faces, but once you start exploring Temple, you will definitely see how diverse it really is.

Diversity is one of the main reasons why many Temple students decide to come here every year. There is at least one person from the school that will have a different religion, creed, background, or race, and it doesn’t hurt to get to know that person, even if only for your personal growth. What’s amazing at Temple, or probably most diverse colleges, is that you meet people you never thought existed.

Facts & Statistics

African American
14%
Asian
10%
Hispanic
5%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
59%
Unknown
7%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
21%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 22%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 70%
Unknown: 8%
Gay Pride
The campus is tolerable to those who are gay.
Political Activity
Most, if not all, campus organizations get involved in some political issue or another, whether locally or nationally. Issues involve everything from gay rights to abortion to discrimination. Temple University and its students have really become known for deep roots in the community.
Economic Status
The students at Temple come from different backgrounds financially. You will never hear anyone speak of the "rich kids" or anything like that-Temple students seem humble in their status.
Most Common Religions
There are a few Christian clubs and groups on campus that hold events. The Muslim Students Association is probably the largest religious club on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority organizations on campus; for example, Black Student Union, Cambodian Association, and Hillel. All of these organizations have made their mark on the campus community and the people that they serve.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 45 responses

  • 93% No
  • 2% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 2% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 2% 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 170 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 31% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 170 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 39% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 175 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 174 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 46 responses

  • 76% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 17% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 7% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 46 responses

  • 13% Republican
  • 48% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 15% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 45 responses

  • 91% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 4% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 2% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 2% 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 46 responses

  • 61% 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.
  • 2% 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 45 responses

  • 11% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 13% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 38% 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 170 responses

  • 67% Very accepting.
  • 26% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.

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