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5 College Freshman

Diversity: It's an elite Catholic university, so mostly white, straight kids. More latinos than you'd expect. Lots of geographical diversity.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Tons of white kids. There could definitely be more ethnic diversity and religious diversity. There is a great deal of sexual diversity.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The university is still predominantly upper to middle class Catholic whites but this is because the majority of those who apply fall into this category. As many kids went to Catholic high schools as public, creating a conservative mood on campus.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being a Catholic university, many characteristics seem to be almost homogenous and the student body is not very diverse overall.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: People in both college and dorm are accepting.

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If Notre Dame wanted to change its mascot, it could replace the Fighting Leprechaun with a white kid wearing a crucifix-roughly 75 percent of the student population is white and Catholic. Nevertheless, the University is continuously attempting to reach out and attract minority students. Quite a few minority students do choose to attend Notre Dame, and many minority groups band together in alliances that act as celebrations of ethnicity. While these events are popular and promote ethnic understanding among students, everyone agrees that the University is trudging along a long and winding road to diversity.

The lack of diversity is one of Notre Dame's greatest weaknesses. No matter how diligently the University wrestles with this weakness, its success in attracting minority students has always been marginal. Although Notre Dame is not a campus that promotes discrimination, many non-white students may sometimes feel out of place. The ethnic alliances provide minority students with some comfort, but, despite this, the University receives low marks for diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
10%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
72%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
93%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 15%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
30%
Male Faculty
70%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Overall, Notre Dame’s campus is rather conservative, but homosexuals are given a voice on campus (The Standing Committee on Gay and Lesbian Student Needs) and are treated with respect by fellow students and faculty, alike.
Political Activity
Political organizations on campus include Amnesty International, College Democrats, College Libertarians, College Republicans, Model United Nations, ND for Animals, Progressive Student Alliance, Right to Life, and the Women's Resource Center.
Economic Status
Generally upper-middle to upper class.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism
Minority Clubs on Campus
Ethnic and cultural organizations at Notre Dame include the African Students Association, Asian American Association, Asian International Society,

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 17 responses

  • 88% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 6% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 6% 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 48 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 15% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 27% Conservative
  • 10% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 47 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 2% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 60% Conservative
  • 15% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 50 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 48 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 17 responses

  • 71% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 6% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 18% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 17 responses

  • 41% Republican
  • 18% Democratic
  • 29% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 12% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 50% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 44% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 6% 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 17 responses

  • 12% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 47% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 41% 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 17 responses

  • 6% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 53% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 35% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 6% 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 48 responses

  • 23% Very accepting.
  • 67% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
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