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Diversity: There's a lot of diversity on campus. Also, different facilities for different types of minorities.

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Diversity: The school can be too liberal at times but it's alright.

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Diversity: People are very welcoming of diverse viewpoints and peoples.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Lots of intellectual diversity and a good number of international students. University makes an effort to promote diversity of economic background with several scholarship programs.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty much everyone I've met is super accepting - people take into account preferred pronouns, which is something that I realize not every school does.

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You won’t find a campus more diverse than at the University of Chicago. There are people on campus from all backgrounds and ethnicities. The school attracts a lot of international students. Chances are, you’ll have class with someone from a different country. Having so much diversity on campus is a huge advantage for students. They can expand their worldviews and learn about new cultures simply by talking to their classmates. Beyond ethnic diversity, there is also a lot of variety in people’s beliefs and lifestyles. The entire campus is very religiously tolerant. Students of different religions tend to cluster together to celebrate their faith. Bond Chapel, located on the main quad, holds several services throughout the day for each group. In addition, you’ll find every political view known to man at the University. There’s always a chance for you to learn about different political alignments in presentations and RSO (recognized student organization) meetings. The school is very tolerant of differences in sexualities, too. The Office of LGBTQ Student Life has a large presence on campus and throws quarterly events to raise awareness.

The University doesn’t tolerate any kind of hate crimes. If you ever feel that you’ve been a victim of prejudice, there is a Bias Response Team hotline that is available 24/7; they’ll help you work through the incident. The University wants to have a tolerant and diverse atmosphere for its students. Just walk out of your dorm room, and you’ll see the school has succeeded.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 20%
22-24: 17%
25+: 42%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 15%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 16%
Native American: 0%
White: 62%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus is extremely tolerant of different sexual orientations. The Office of LGBTQ Student Life has a big presence and oversees several RSOs in which students can participate. They throw annual events like "Drag Ball" to help raise awareness and gay pride on campus. Also, if you are ever confused about your orientation or experiences you might be having, the office is open for counseling. In general, people at the University of Chicago are very tolerant of each other's lifestyles and show the LGBTQ community a lot of support.
Political Activity
At the University, you will find students with a right-wing extremist view all the way to the far left with the hippies and communism. The range of political affiliation is endless. There are organizations that support various views, like the College Republicans. You can also hear speakers from various parties give presentations throughout the quarter. The rest of the student body is incredibly tolerant of other political views. You might see some people getting into a heated argument over health care policies, but in the end, students just love to debate different ideas, and the wide spectrum of political views gives them a chance to do just that.
Economic Status
Because Chicago has a need-blind admissions policy, there are people from every economic background imaginable. The University works to provide a lot of financial aid and work-study programs so people from lower-income households are able to attend. You will have some trust-fund babies, but no one really flaunts their wealth or judges people based on economic status.
Most Common Religions
No matter what religion you practice, or if you practice none at all, there is a place for you at the University of Chicago. Some of the most popular places are the Calvert House for Catholics, the synagogue for Jews, and the mosque for Muslims. Bond Chapel also hosts daily services for a variety of religions. If you don't subscribe to any one belief, that's also OK; there are groups that are dedicated solely to spirituality rather than a recognized faith. If you are an atheist, there is also an RSO for you. Overall, if religion is a big part of your life, it can certainly remain so at the University. If it's not, there are a ton of chances for you to become more involved or you can just avoid it completely.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a ton of different RSOs for minority students, all under the umbrella of OMSA, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. This office grew from the Coordinating Council for Minority Issues, and today works to support the academic success of students of color at the University and to create a more inclusive campus. The office also hosts several meetings and events each quarter to raise cultural awareness on campus.
Did You Know?
If a student ever feels like he or she is the victim of a hate crime, the Bias Response Team hotline is available 24/7 to aid the student. The number is (773) 702-2427.

Student Polls

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

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 35% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 70 responses

  • 23% Progressive/very liberal
  • 59% Liberal
  • 13% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 1% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 63 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 25 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 24% Democratic
  • 32% Independent
  • 8% Other party not mentioned
  • 24% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 67% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 33% 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 26 responses

  • 77% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 23% 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 63 responses

  • 78% Very accepting.
  • 14% 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.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
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