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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is lacking. I have friends who are minorities who feel comfortable and who do not feel comfortable. It's something the school is actively working on. We just got a new president who is black, gay, and a first generation college student so I am hoping that he will help work on increasing diversity and acceptance.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Though a lot of kids are from California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington, there are a great deal of students outside of those areas and plenty of diverse kids. I came from a school where we only had two Indian kids and five African-American kids and the rest were primarily white, so the breath of fresh air is nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: It is a very accepting and non-discriminating campus, but most students are middle to upper-class and Caucasian.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: Most of the students I meet tend to come from the same socioeconomic class as I, and most grew up in upper middle class suburbs and are white. We do seem to have a pretty vibrant gay community though

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: 60/40 female male ratio. We have kids from Hawaii and thats about as diverse as we get.

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It is true that the student population is somewhat homogenous and that there are many Caucasian students who come from a few areas, like Washington, California, Oregon, Colorado, Alaska, Hawaii, and Idaho. Diversity is accepted and explored at University of Puget Sound in many classes from gender studies to African American studies to religion. Some students may mock the school's claims to diversity, but this is only in failing to recognize that diversity cannot merely be measured or compared by skin color. Diversity goes beyond race and culture, and many students appreciate the perspectives brought about in regard to the LGBT community, different religious groups, political organizations, and students from high- and low-income families.

The administration and student body highly value a diverse atmosphere, bringing speakers with different points of view and encouraging students to look at all issues from multiple perspectives. Each year, the school chooses a theme of diversity to explore through academic lectures, artistic events, and student activities. The theme for one academic year was "America at a Crossroads: Roots and Routes." Initiatives like this are a great example of the efforts of the administration to encourage the acceptance of people with a variety of characteristics, morals, and values.

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
7%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
76%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
79%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 42%
20-21: 40%
22-24: 9%
25+: 6%
Female Faculty
45%
Male Faculty
55%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 89%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Tolerance for homosexuality is high at UPS. Several campus groups such as BGLAD (Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians, and Allies for Diversity) and the Gay/Straight Alliance represent homosexuals on campus and work for progress on national policy. However, the number of openly gay students is relatively small.
Political Activity
Political clubs and demonstrations are plentiful on campus. Several student organizations represent the entire political spectrum. The campus is very in tune with the international scene. With the clash of ideas in student-hosted debates on issues from the Israel/Palestine conflict to rebuilding Iraq to fair trade coffee, a visitor might initially mistake UPS's campus for UC Berkeley.
Economic Status
Aided by significant scholarships, UPS draws from a diverse economic background, but the plurality of the students come from dual-income, upper-middle-class families.
Most Common Religions
Religion is not generally discussed on a day-to-day basis, but those that are outwardly broadcasted are Christianity and Judaism. I think a majority are agnostic.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority groups on campus. The clubs with the largest membership are the Black Student Union (BSU), Asian Pacific Student Union (APASU), Native American Student Association (NASA) and the Jewish Student Organization (JSO). All of the clubs meet at the diversity center, a well-kept building across the café.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 36 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 45 responses

  • 38% Progressive/very liberal
  • 49% Liberal
  • 11% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 42 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 14 responses

  • 7% Republican
  • 79% Democratic
  • 7% Independent
  • 7% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 40% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 37 responses

  • 62% Very accepting.
  • 30% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 5% It's hard to be a minority here.
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