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4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's a pretty diverse school. I have friends from all over the place.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Vancouver is home to some of the most diverse people in the world. There are probably as many Canadians as there are international students.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: UBC is a pretty diverse campus as well as being accepting of the student body regardless of ethnic/race, religion, economic background and sexual orientation. I am not sure about the political beliefs of our student body since I am not affiliated with a political party.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus has so many people from different backgrounds and countries. There are so many people from different cultures and I would consider this university to be very much indeed international.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: This campus is one of the most diverse I have ever seen. I've met so many people from different backgrounds and therefore learned about a lot of cultures.

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UBC has a very culturally diverse community. While the majority of the community consists of Caucasians and Asians, UBC's international and exchange student programs are among the best in the country. The campus is home to people of various races, religions, and sexual orientations, but more importantly, the community is extremely tolerant of the diversity. Multiple clubs exist to support and raise awareness for cultural and religious differences, while weeks are dedicated to support those with different sexual orientations. One of the most well-publicized events on campus is Coming Out Week, aimed to support closeted homosexuals, bisexuals, etc. Awareness weeks such as these are largely supported not only by focus clubs, but also by the University itself. During Coming Out Week, all University banners around campus are changed to rainbow flags in support of the event. Furthermore, the lobby of the Student Union Building is open to clubs and external organizations, allowing them to spread awareness with booths. Economic differences between students may be observed, but do not impact the community in any negative way. Occasionally, students will see another student driving to class in a Lamborghini, but no explicit discrimination has been reported. Students with higher economic backgrounds generally conform to their surrounding environment. In a sense, it could almost be said that the diversity of UBC pressures all students to be tolerant of one another.

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Gay Pride
The GLBT club is one of the most organized and well-known clubs at UBC. The club is very active in raising awareness for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transsexuals alike. Aside from Coming Out Week—a week dedicated to raising awareness for GLBT, supported by the University—the GLBT club is often seen around campus handing out merchandise and support to all whom may be in need of advice. With that being said, the community is very tolerant of people of all sexual orientations.
Political Activity
Politics are not a big part of the University community. While there are several clubs dedicated to both American and Canadian politics, political activity is generally not observed around campus. Some political posters and campaign booths may be seen around election time, but students are certainly not pressured into taking a political position. If asked, however, most students would consider themselves moderate or liberal.
Economic Status
Most students are aware of the economic background and diversity of the campus. There is no explicit segregation between people of higher and lower economic backgrounds; however, occasionally, you can see one or two students drive to class in a Lamborghini or Ferrari.
Most Common Religions
There is no one common religion at UBC—though, one corner of the campus does have a Christian church near the School of Theology. Religious groups and clubs can sometimes be seen setting up booths in the Student Union Building, mainly for fundraising purposes. The community is very tolerant of all religions to the extent where it is almost impossible to not know about a religious holiday or event, as there will most certainly be a campus-wide event on the specific day.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Due to the vast amount of clubs, truly minority clubs are often overshadowed by big cultural clubs. Although all clubs have equal amounts of access to venues and advertising, the lack of members and funds often hinder minority clubs from hosting large-scale events and in turn hinder publicity, as well. However, these clubs still prove to be a more comfortable environment for students who share the same characteristics and help them adapt to the new campus environment.
Did You Know?
  • There are more than 300 student-run clubs administered under the Alma Mater Society.
  • A lot of clubs have their own offices on the second floor of the Student Union Building.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 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 25 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 12% Moderate
  • 16% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 25 responses

  • 20% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 12% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 32% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 23 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 22 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 6 responses

  • 67% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 33% 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 6 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 17% Democratic
  • 33% Independent
  • 17% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 17% 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.
  • 0% 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 7 responses

  • 57% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 14% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 14% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 14% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 6 responses

  • 33% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 33% 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 26 responses

  • 65% Very accepting.
  • 31% 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.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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