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2 College Junior

Diversity: let's just put this out here... Pitt is 84% white, so only 16% of the student population is a minority. Most students come from areas where the population if maybe 95% + white and think that PITT is incredibly diverse, but to me it's just the opposite. It's odd being a minority here. Some people treat it as nothing and that's great, but others treat and act as if im some sacred piece of meat.They put me on this minority shelf, even though I grew up in America speaking English and listening to the backstreet boys and watching Lizzie McGuire like any other kid. But, I may just be naive to how people haven't experienced diversity as much as other may have.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity and the acceptance of all diversities are great on and off campus at the University

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1 College Senior

Diversity: Pitt is an overwhelmingly white, middle-class, brown-haired, jeans-wearing, Columbia-sporting, hockey-watching, STEM-studying school. This rating conflicts with most of the ratings on this page, so let me account for that. Most students at Pitt are from suburbs of Philadelphia or small towns in middle Pennsylvania or small towns in the outskirts of Pittsburgh or small towns in eastern Ohio. They generally come from these middle-American backgrounds where 98% of the population is white. At Pitt, 80% of the population is white people like them. But from their perspective that's a 1000% increase in the amount of non-white peers they are exposed to in their daily lives. So that, I think, is where all this "wow Pitt is so diverse" nonsense comes from. If you come from a background of even moderate diversity, Pitt students get very samey and predictable very fast.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Pitt is only about 8 percent African-American but one positive that comes out of it is that the black community is very close knit

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is such variation in ethnicity at the University of Pittsburgh that it is almost impossible to differentiate between a "majority" or a "minority." At the university, everyone is welcome and is treated with fairness and respect.


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Diversity is a very subjective area for Pitt students, and what you hear really depends on who you talk to. Numbers speak for themselves-there is a large white majority at the University, and many people are from Pennsylvania or the surrounding areas. If you're coming to Pittsburgh from one of its many suburbs, you'll probably be impressed with the number of different people you can find. The same is true of the Oakland area, which is home to a lot of schools that are even more diverse than Pitt. For those from other cities or very diverse areas, however, the University itself may seem depressingly homogenous.

While diversity isn't a major issue around campus, there are many student groups available for minorities to gather and hold activities, promote causes, and socialize. In addition to groups based strictly on ethnicity, there is also a wide range of interests covered by these clubs. Religion, politics, athletics, music, and hobbies are all very diverse areas around Pitt, and these can sometimes be the best way to make new friends. You'll find that students have a huge range of backgrounds and beliefs, and there really are many niches to fall into. If you want to have a diverse social circle, it's entirely possible at Pitt; you may just have to look a little harder than the people you first run into on move-in day.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 21%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 20%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Pitt students are generally accepting of people with any lifestyle. There are a number of homosexual student groups through campus acting to raise awareness and foster a better environment for the gay and lesbian community. A few gay bars also exist in the area.
Political Activity
Political activity is abundant around campus. However, only a small portion of students actually involve themselves in it. There are many different clubs and organizations for political causes that students can become involved with and join, such as the Student Government Board (SGB), Pitt's student council.
Economic Status
There are students from every possible economic background you could imagine. Money is not something openly discussed between students, and it is not really an issue across the campus.
Most Common Religions
There are a few religious organizations throughout the campus. Although much of the campus considers itself Christian or Catholic, the most predominant religious organization on campus is the Jewish organization, Hillel. There are also a number of people who do not consider themselves to be religious or practice a variety of other religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of minority clubs on campus, including the Asian Student Association, the Black Action Society, and the Rainbow Alliance, to name a few. Minority clubs hold a strong presence on campus and are becoming more and more well known and diverse as the years go by.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 33 responses

  • 82% No
  • 3% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 3% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 3% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 9% 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 144 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 26% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 144 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 150 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 149 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 34 responses

  • 65% No
  • 3% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 26% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 33 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 48% Democratic
  • 15% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 18% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 33 responses

  • 76% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 6% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 12% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% 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 33 responses

  • 58% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 36% 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.
  • 3% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 33 responses

  • 12% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 12% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 45% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 30% 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 145 responses

  • 53% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 7% 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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