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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Extremely diverse ethically and LGTBAQ community. Teachers often have accepting stickers on their doors. The international community is large and very connected.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a very noticeable amount of diversity on campus

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very ethnically and racially diverse-though it does still have a majority white population-and many organizations exist to unite people of the same ethnicity and/or race as well as celebrate different cultures. The multicultural center is also a great resource for students, especially international, that want to make a home out of UTD There are over 100 options for getting involved on campus religiously, the school even provides a special prayer/meditation room for students who wish to use it. There are 3 politically based groups, that I am sure of, and a few other groups are, at least somewhat, politically active. There are two LGBT+ groups at UTD, both of which are greatly supported by the University's Women's Center, one of which is very active in trying to make and enforce policies that help and protect LGBT+ individuals; however they face barriers on some issues when it comes to the rest of the University. The LGBT+ community itself is very supportive and connected for those who seek it out.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a large presence of diversity on campus and there is a large acceptance of those who are different. Religion is not an issue on campus if even mentioned and most students here are liberal.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Literally one of the most diverse campuses around

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There was once a joke at UT Dallas that Indian students here make up 50 percent of the population, while the rest are Chinese. This joke is bad, at least statistically, since nearly 50 percent of the students are white, while non-US citizens only account for less than 5 percent. What makes UTD sometimes seem like a minority school is the large body of Asian American and Hispanic students. This interesting mix of ethnicity creates a unique cultural hot spot that is UT Dallas, ranging from the purely American to the heavily foreign to those in the middle and influenced by both. UTD students, with few exceptions, love this diversity, and welcome all opportunities to meet new people and share their cultures and beliefs.

Speaking of beliefs, it’s common to meet people who hold political or religious ideals opposite of your own. Have no fear: Embrace the differences to explore new depths in your beliefs. Students and faculty members frequently talk about current events around the world, and, more often than not, the discrepancies and multiperspectives help enrich these discussions. Of course, you can always close your eyes, cover your ears, and not speak a word about these topics, but few choose to do so. At a place so globalized as UT Dallas, it’s easier and more fun to accept and integrate diversity into your life than make unintelligent—and not funny—racist jokes.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
24%
Hispanic
16%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
44%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
8%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 16%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 32%
25+: 30%
Female Faculty
28%
Male Faculty
72%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Generally, the LGBT community will find UT Dallas a pleasant college experience. Homophobia, however, still exists here and there, lurking in the heterosexist jokes, rumors of potential LGBT students, and subsequent frowns. The conservative and Christian influences typical of Texas contribute somewhat to this state, but any discrimination, if at all, is almost never seen or felt. There are organizations dedicated to helping the LGBT on campus. The Student Counseling Center welcomes students seeking guidance at no extra cost, while the Galerstein Women's Center offers an open and sympathetic community to anyone in need. The Multicultural Center and Dragonflies (Asian gay social group) represent cultural diversity's power in combating homophobia.
Political Activity
Being a Texas public university, UTD has a surprising amount of politically left-leaning students. One third of the students surveyed consider themselves liberal, while only 20 percent of them lean right. Moderate, or nonleaning, students take up another third, and overall roughly 40 percent of the students believes their campus to be politically independent.
Despite fighting restlessly for the development of UTD and the well-being of its "citizens," the student government has yet to receive its due share of attention. The government's events are still somewhat ignored by the majority of students, its affairs attended to only by the most active students on campus. All being said, UTD students largely acknowledge the SG's proactive role is improving the University for one and for all.
Economic Status
Economic disparity exists on campus, but it's neither too apparent nor severe. You won't see a lot of rich kids on campus, and you can be the only one of your kind if you drive a Lamborghini. Many students are on scholarship while others work part time to pay for tuition and living, so you tend not to see a lot of big spenders. Even those entirely covered for by affluent parents don't seem to live too lavishly, and students of various economic backgrounds hang out with each other all the time. People are not afraid to cash out on their hobby or passion, though, be it a pingpong paddle, a DJ station, or a car.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is probably the most popular religion on campus-to nobody's surprise. It's not unusual for Christian students to "introduce" the religion to nonbelievers, either. Nonetheless, international students from India, the Middle East, and East Asia bring with them unique features of their own religions. For example, Islamic students are visible on campus, and celebrations for the Lunar New Year attract and excite a big part of the student population. Atheists also have an organization of their own, called Atheists, Skeptics, & Humanists (ASH). These religious groups operate in harmony with each other, encouraging respect and empathy.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs on campus are many. International students from different places, from the Philippines to Korea and Mexico, have their own student association to organize cultural events and carry out community service projects. Associations for finance, accounting, and engineering also exist for Hispanic students. Overall, these minority organizations are active and effective in enriching the diverse college experience for UT Dallas students.
Did You Know?
Many of the student government's projects are popular and well-received, including free passes for Dallas public transportation (the DART), free blue books, pencils and Scantrons, and airport pickups for international students, to name a few.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 81 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 127 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 33% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 126 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 66 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 17% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 26% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 41% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 55% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 67 responses

  • 39% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 55% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 82 responses

  • 66% Very accepting.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% 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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