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2 College Senior

Diversity: Pitt is overwhelmingly white, and there are a few black students. Asians are quite underrepresented, and I can't recall ever seeing a Hispanic student in any of my classes, including giant gen eds.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a moderate level of racial diversity on campus.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Pitt is not a diverse school. People may think that it is because they come from even less diverse places, generally suburbs in Pennsylvania, so to them any city area seems "diverse". The vast majority of students are white, middle class people from Jersey, Long Island, or "Outside Philly". We have a significant amount of international students, but they're essentially all from China, so not much diversity there.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: My classes seem diverse but I'm not too sure about the rest of the campus

3 College Senior

Diversity: The thing is, most Pitt students are from Pennsylvania, which is a very non-diverse state apart from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Many of its students come from either the suburbs or the middle of nowhere, meaning that they've only ever encountered white people. I actually met a student that told me that their first encounter with someone of Jewish heritage was on campus, which is shocking to me. This usually translates to a rather small minority population at Pitt. BUT, what I found so surprising is that despite our homogenous student population, the vast majority of students are progressive and fight hard for gender and racial equality. I've come across very VERY little instances of intolerance, and everyone seems to want to diversify their school.

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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
6%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
3%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
32%
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
39%
Male Faculty
61%
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 149 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 176 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 32% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 182 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 65 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 43% Democratic
  • 17% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% 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 32 responses

  • 47% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% 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 65 responses

  • 54% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% 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.
  • 2% 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 150 responses

  • 51% Very accepting.
  • 41% 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.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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