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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Well, I mean they did invite Milo Yiannopolous to speak, and they said it was "free speech." Do with that what you will.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I'm a minority woman, so I won't lie here. The school is 70% White, so expect to see mostly white students. However, there are SO MANY minority groups on campus, if you join those groups, it will feel like campus is very diversity! I joined at least three minority groups on campus, but I also join two honor societies with some diversity. Even though campus is 70% White, other cultures are greatly appreciated. I have never encountered racism on campus, but that's just coming from me.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I feel friends around me are tolerant about the political beliefs and racial diversity.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I really enjoy Pitt because of all the diversity it has on campus.

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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.

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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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 153 responses

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

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 191 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 197 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 80 responses

  • 18% Republican
  • 44% Democratic
  • 15% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 40% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 53% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% 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 80 responses

  • 49% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 45% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 5% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 1% 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 154 responses

  • 51% Very accepting.
  • 42% 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.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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