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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly upper class white kids. Pretty accepting white kids, but a bunch of white kids nonetheless.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people are rich, most people are white, and most people are very liberal. That being said, "most" is not all. As a rich, white, liberal person, I love Tulane and I easily make friends from similar socioeconomic backgrounds, but Tulane is a very diverse group of rich white people. Students come from all over the world, there is plenty of international students coming from Asia, Australia, Europe, South America, and Africa, and basically every American state. There is also a very prominent Jewish community at Tulane, hence the nickname "Jewlane".

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of international students. Tulane has students from many many countries around the world, and it is definitely something they brag about often. However, there are definitely many more white students than any others. In terms of racial diversity, it is very lacking. Many of the students are from wealthier families as well, and the Jewish community is huge.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: it's a LOT of snotty rich northerners, not many people from the south. not many black people either. All the asians stick together. People are very liberal compared to what I'm used to coming from a prep school in the south, and I was fairly liberal compared to most of my peers back home

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: What Tulane lacks in racial diversity, it makes up for in other ways. We are the most geographically diverse school in the country, and have many international students. There is a decent amount of religious diversity, although the majority of students are either Jewish or Christian. Tulane is a pretty liberal school, but there is still a decent amount of conservatives here as well.

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Does Tulane have a lot of diversity? The way you answer this question all depends on your past experiences. Naturally, if you went to an elitist private academy with less than a handful of minorities enrolled, you’ll get here and see a couple of African Americans and Indian students and will be amazed at the amount of diversity. However, if you went to an inner city high school or a public high school where the white population was slowly becoming a minority, you’ll come to Tulane and think this is the largest white population at a school you’ve seen in a long time. After all, the white population is 80 percent of the total.

Racially and ethnically, this school is lacking on diversity. There are a lot of strongly represented cultural organizations, but the numbers are small. IATU, Hillel, and the Catholic Center constantly advertise activities that their clubs are putting on each week; joining these groups, or at least going to one activity, will help you better understand different cultures and religions. It’s also a good way to meet new people in the fall semester. The diversity of Tulane comes from the amount of kids hailing from all over the country. You’ll have friends that live in California and Manhattan, and that in itself is somewhat diverse. Outside of the Tulane bubble, there is a city that is full of diversity and culture. New Orleans is predominantly African American, and there is also a notable population of Caucasians, Cajuns, and Creoles, among others. It is a type of diversity that is only found in this part of the country, and in a sense, city itself makes up for Tulane’s lack of diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 15%
18-19: 15%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 18%
25+: 24%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 7%
Native American: 0%
White: 71%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
MOSAIC is a gay-straight alliance club, and the dominant group on campus for promoting tolerance based on sexual orientation. New Orleans and Tulane are both fairly liberal climates, so sexuality isn't a broad problem on campus.
Political Activity
On average, Tulane is an apathetic campus. However, there is a large following with the College Republicans and Democrats, and the USG (Undergraduate Student Government) is taken seriously. If you're into politics, there are a lot of groups you can get involved with. The Newspaper, the Tulane Hullabaloo, is pretty liberal - especially the magazine The Arcade that comes out every other week. The Hullabaloo always devotes space to cover the weekly USG meeting, and has had articles about local and national politics. Tulane is mostly liberal, but if you are a Conservative you'll definitely find a big niche of your own.
Economic Status
You cannot go to school here without a scholarship and not be rich. With tuition and room and board costing nearly $50,000 a year, Tulane is extremely expensive. However, a lot of students here are here on scholarship, so there is a certain population of middle and lower class students.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism, Judaism, Protestantism
Minority Clubs on Campus
African American Congress of Tulane, Asian American Students United, Celtic Society, Indian Association of Tulane University, Latin American Student Association, Men of Color, MOSAIC, Muslim Education and Cultural Committee for Awareness, Multicultural Council, Muslim Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers, Tulane African Student Association, Tulane Chinese Student Association, Tulane Chinese Student & Scholars Association, Tulane University Vietnamese Associations, Students Organized Against Racism, Black Law Students Association, La Alianza del Derecho (Hispanic Law Organization), Latin American Medical Student Association, Pacific American Law Students Association, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Student National Medical Association, Tulane Asian Medical Student Association

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 63 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 35% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 83 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 46% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 84 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 45 responses

  • 18% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 27% Independent
  • 7% Other party not mentioned
  • 7% I don't care about politics

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

  • 38% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 58% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 46 responses

  • 46% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 52% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 63 responses

  • 35% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 17% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.


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