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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Racially the student body is not exceptionally diverse but I have met a lot of international students

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Ethnically/racially it is very diverse. In terms of economic background it is not.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: There are people from many backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, and nationalities at the school. However, many of them might come from similar experiences, like their parents are doctors or lawyers. Socio-economic diversity needs improvement, particularly on a social level, but as a high-need student I feel like the administration supports me well.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity on campus is great, there are students from all 50 states as well as from nearly 100 countries. I have met students of various cultures and religious backgrounds. Integration, however, could be better as often times minority groups tend to self-segregate and keep to themselves because of fear of not being accepted.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Penn is so diverse I have been here one term so far and have met at least 4/5 people from each continent. Also, they are so friendly. The staff is diverse too and there are open groups discussing LGBT, religion and race. I have met people from diverse economic background so I would really rate Penn highly on such integration.

Acceptance is very high. Am actually a member of a christian prayer group but most people are from different religions and they go to different churches on Sunday - and that's acceptable.

There is open talk about current political situations... and people are very honest about their opinions (It's not ''weird'' talking about politics - Even though I haven't seen die-hard political groups promoting their agendas

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Although Penn students come from a range of economic and racial backgrounds and have varying political viewpoints, there are underrepresented groups whose increased presence would perhaps enhance the cultural breadth of the community. Hispanic and African-American students each make up a meager six percent of the student population. Some students find this to be a problem, asserting that the large Asian and non-Christian populations do not make up for the fact that other minority groups are not adequately represented.

Students are not the only ones who believe that certain minority groups should have a stronger presence on campus. The admissions office has stated that they take race into account when deciding whether or not to grant admission to a high school student. Last year, the school launched an initiative to attract more African American students to apply and matriculate as undergraduate students at Penn. At the school where Sadie Alexander, the first African-American women to receive her PhD, studied, and John B. Taylor, the first black American to win an Olympic gold medal, graduated, a larger African American population would also serve to remind today's students of Penn's rich cultural heritage. However, students are granted a rich and eye-opening experience if they are open to exposing themselves to people with backgrounds dramatically different from their own.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 20%
25+: 36%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
There are many on-campus groups run by and for the gay community of Penn. In fact, there are probably more groups than most people realize. Although the majority of students are very accepting of the gay community, students do not tend to be extremely aware or involved. Nevertheless, Penn has one of the longest-standing LGBT centers of its kind, having been built in 1982. It is widely considered an excellent resource for those who make use of it.
Political Activity
On a campus with almost 10,000 undergraduate students from 50 states and countries all over the world, almost every political viewpoint is represented, and the campus is pretty much evenly split as far as conservatism and liberalism. Liberals often feel that students tend to have conservative viewpoints, while conservative students feel the opposite. Penn is a liberal school overall, but considered one of the more conservative universities of the seven Ivys. Many students are relatively apathetic and, although they may have strong opinions, choose not to be an active force for any cause. However, there are decent amounts of activist groups who are very passionate and dedicated to covering environmental, social, and governmental issues.
Economic Status
There are students of all economic means at Penn. However, many, if not most, undergraduate students enjoyed a relatively privileged upbringing.
Most Common Religions
Judaism is a very popular religion among Penn students. Hillel’s membership lies in the thousands, and there are services offered for all Jewish denominations. Christianity is also common, although there is a much lower percentage of Christian people on campus than at most other schools. There is a church on campus, as well as many other local places of worship. There are also Christian clubs including a Christian á cappella group.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Penn’s minority organizations contribute to the social character of Penn’s campus. Many throw parties and cultural activities usually welcome the entire community, no matter which race, to participate.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 60 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 85 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 47% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 88 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 47 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 57% Democratic
  • 17% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 13% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 66% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 31% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 3% 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 47 responses

  • 68% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 30% 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 61 responses

  • 62% Very accepting.
  • 33% 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.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.


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