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4 College Junior

Diversity: Although it may not look like it, UNH is seriously a very diverse campus. The diversity is supported through multiple organizations on campus and everyone is very accepting.

5 College Junior

Diversity: UNH is not one of the most diverse areas. A lot of New Englanders

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of international students, but they tend to segregate themselves from the rest of the student body.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's not very diverse but there are groups for everyone.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There's many different classes offered that provide the diversity and I have friends that are lesbians. There are also people of different race.

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UNH administration has long been assigned the difficult task of trying to bring diversity to a small campus in the middle of New England. Generally, New Hampshire is not a state that appeals to diverse students. This may never change because many minority students will have to travel great distances to come here, and will, consequently, be far from their own cultures. On the other hand, most of the multicultural students here are actually long-time New Hampshire residents.

For minority students who do come to UNH, the campus tries very hard to make the transition an easy one. There are many student-run organizations, such as OMSA, that help students keep in touch with their culture and meet new people with similar backgrounds. The multicultural themed dorm is one option, but some students feel that these dorms have a tendency to separate minority students, rather than integrate them into the general student population. While it’s true that UNH may never become a poster school for diversity, students and student administration should continue the attempt to diversify the campus by all means.

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
2%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
81%
Unknown
10%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
55%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 41%
20-21: 39%
22-24: 10%
25+: 7%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 9%
Gay Pride
UNH is very accepting of the gay culture, which is very prominent on campus. Many events tailored specifically to the gay community, as well as gay awareness, are held on campus.
Political Activity
UNH tends to be very politically active, especially around the presidential primaries.
Economic Status
The economic statuses of students tend to lean more toward the upperclass, with many students from rich prominent towns in southern New Hampshire and Massachusetts. However, UNH is a state school, and there are many "blue collar" students as well.
Most Common Religions
UNH has a very active Christian fellowship and Jewish organization, and new groups are popping up every year.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Office of Multicultural Students Association (OMSA) is a very hardworking student organization. They hold numerous events to help raise awareness of student minorities and give minorities a great way to meet people with similar backgrounds and interests.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 21 responses

  • 90% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 5% 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
  • 5% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 93 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 91 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 35% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 94 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 93 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 21 responses

  • 90% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 5% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 5% 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 21 responses

  • 19% Republican
  • 10% Democratic
  • 24% Independent
  • 10% Other party not mentioned
  • 38% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 21 responses

  • 100% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% 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 21 responses

  • 52% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 48% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 21 responses

  • 10% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 5% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 24% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 62% 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 93 responses

  • 45% Very accepting.
  • 51% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% 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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