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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body is very diverse but people from different groups don't interact as often as they should. College is a lot like high school in that way

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse campus in every way. Very supportive of LGBT community also.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: Super diverse and lively -- different cultures are apparent on our campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are very inclusive and accepting of those different from them.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is plenty of diversity on campus, but you find that a lot of people come from the same socioeconomic background.

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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 12 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 52 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 35% 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 51 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 45% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 54 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 52 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 13 responses

  • 62% No
  • 8% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 23% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 13 responses

  • 23% Republican
  • 54% Democratic
  • 23% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 92% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 8% 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 13 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 8% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 25% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 58% 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 53 responses

  • 60% Very accepting.
  • 36% 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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