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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Other than with political views, the campus is extremely diverse. If you so much as utter Trump's name, you'll start an immediate conversation with about 15 people around you. However, nobody takes issue with LGBTQ persons, and I've met several openly gay students who are very vocal about their sexuality and haven't ever been harassed. That said, every once and a while you'll get your stereotypical southern conservative who may be racially biassed online. Yik Yak was banned on campus for this reason. Other than that, I haven't heard of any incidents of tension due to ethnicity or sexuality. I'm a CIS straight white male though, so what do I know. White privilege and all - we are still in America.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The students at University of Rochester are extremely diverse, coming from all over the country with different religions, ethnic/racial diversity, and past experiences. I have never met such a diverse group of students until I enrolled at this school.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: From what I have seen most people are accepting of everyone. We have a lot of foreign students so it isn't like there are few ethnicities on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are people on campus from a types of backgrounds and as a whole the student body is very accepting.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Honestly, the school could use a bit more underrepresented minorities. There's an overwhelmingly homogenous way of thinking across campus and people's beliefs are not challenged often enough, in my opinion. There are a couple different ethnic groups--enough so the average student from a predominantly white background would think that they're exposed to "so much diversity"--but different races don't interact much, except when briefly talking during orientation and the occasional interracial friends walking around on campus. It's probably just de facto segregation because naturally, people want to be with others of same interest, and sadly most often than not, similarity of interest comes with similarity of race, sexual orientation, and/or background. Most students don't seem to acknowledge that both the majority and the minority can benefit from more diversity, but that's a whole different debate...

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UR brings in students from other countries, different backgrounds, and a range of cultures, but if they don't all mix it is an entirely different issue. Students will stick to their respective groups, and while the University expends effort on bringing in both minority students and international ones, the in-group tendencies still continue. The experience is also individual; a student may live on a hall with a large mix of diverse cultures or be in the exact same demographic stratosphere as their whole floor. Some also put forth the effort and meet new people, whereas others are complacent to remain in their comfortable circle of friends. On campus, whites are the majority, with a fair number of Asians and other minorities in the mix. People are generally friendly when interacting, and there are not many incidents of hate offenses, but then again, there is not a large amount of inter-mixing. It cannot be said that UR does not try to make the campus diverse; they certainly make it their project to attract minorities, but once they get here it becomes a different story entirely. Many stick to their own kind, so to speak, but this is not a blanket statement for the entire school. You will see students of different races and cultures hanging out, but you also see a white person from upstate New York everywhere. The meshing aspect could be improved, but the school is not exclusive by any means.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
10%
Hispanic
5%
International
13%
Native American
0%
White
56%
Unknown
8%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
66%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 19%
25+: 28%
Female Faculty
33%
Male Faculty
67%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
There have been a few incidents with hate and discrimination, but the gay community is fairly visible. An organization called the Pride Network is active on campus for GLBTQ students.
Political Activity
Generally left wing. There have been protests against the war in Iraq and the Israeli conflict recently. There are relatively few Republicans.
Economic Status
Mostly upper-middle class and rich kids. It is an expensive school, so many people who go here are very well off. However, that is not the case in all situations. There are many local kids who are firmly in the middle class.
Most Common Religions
Christians are the majority (Catholic and Protestant have large presences). There is a large Jewish minority and Muslims and Hindus are also well represented.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many multi-cultural and diverse greek organizations at University of Rochester. There are also various non-Greek student organizations that are active on campus, such as the Muslim Student Alliance, Indian Club, Israel Club, Black Student Union, and SALSA, the Spanish and Latino Student Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 61 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 94 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 44% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 95 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 54 responses

  • 22% Republican
  • 37% Democratic
  • 30% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 11% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 67% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 31% 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 55 responses

  • 64% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 33% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 62 responses

  • 68% Very accepting.
  • 29% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.

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