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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: UVa is a school of self segregation. Races stick together and look down and mock those of their race who don't hang out with their own. If you are a minority who wants to break the mold and hang out with mostly white students and join a IFC/ISC there is nothing wrong with it and people are very accepting of that. Some frats are said to be racist, but some of the top Sororities have members of diverse background. Just go where you feel comfortable is the only advice I can give.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UVA feels very white, but I think a large majority people of people are committed to embracing all forms of diversity. This place is not conservative and small-minded.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UVA is a fairly diverse campus. There are a lot of international students, but for the most part, a lot of the students fit into a typically "UVA" stereotype/mold (NOVA).

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: UVA is getting more diverse. Once you get to know the students, you see that it is not the stereotypical preppy southern school that it was at first glance.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are many different people on grounds, but it is easy to get stuck in homogenous groups and not take notice of variety.

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Student opinion varies a great deal on diversity issues. Some believe that diversity at UVA is good and getting better, while others see the University as primarily a school for rich white kids. Much of this depends on personal experience. Many students have encountered self-segregation among the various campus groups and feel this is one of the biggest barriers to a functioning diversity. The best way to experience diversity at Virginia is to seek it out for yourself—there are many different people at the school, once you get past social cliques. Now that the old stereotypes of first year dorms have been eradicated, there is really a chance for all students to intermingle successfully.

Overall, UVA could do better with diversity, but at least the administration recognizes this and is trying to promote a new look for the school. Tolerance and political involvement are getting better, and despite the self-segregation, there are still days when you’ll be surprised at how many languages you hear spoken or the mix of different students you see studying together in the library or partying on the Corner at Baja Bean or No. 3. Online organizations like Sustained Dialogue are taking steps to promote a more fully united campus community with parties like "Mix It Up" and open forums for discussion of issues of diversity on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
11%
Hispanic
5%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
57%
Unknown
11%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
35%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 14%
25+: 21%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
UVA is becoming increasingly more accepting of its gay and lesbian population. There are various active organizations at the University promoting gay awareness (Gay and Lesbian Christian Students Association, the Missionary, Out on Rugby, and the Queer Student Union). It took a while for UVA to get to this stage, though, and there is still evidence of intolerance in many places.
Political Activity
Charlottesville, while being a wonderful place to spend your four-year college experience, can be too sheltered from what's going on in the world. Obviously some events (like the war in Iraq) bring out a lot of passion in the student population, and there are plenty of active organizations that feed this political passion among those students (Critical Mass, Take Back the Night, Amnesty International, Children of War, European Society, The Declaration, and Republican and Democrat Organizations). The level of political investment on campus showed during the 2008 presidential election campaign.
Economic Status
UVA students come off as pretty wealthy—with their cars, clothes, and drinking habits, it would seem they would have to be. However, there are plenty of students on financial aid, student loans, and scholarships. While many are from the upper/middle-class, there is a bit of diversity in economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
There are a few prominent Christian groups within the University that regularly hold meetings. Some religious groups include: the Baptist Student Union, Buddhist Meditation Society, Campus Crusade for Christ, Chabad Jewish Heritage Student Association, Korean Catholic Student Ministry, Muslim Students Association, Quaker Worship Group, and many more. However, keeping true to Jefferson's ideal of the separation of church and state, there is no one religious affiliation associated with the University. Students tend to respect each other's beliefs.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority clubs at UVA, including the Black Student Union, Afghan Student Organization, Arab Student Organization, Asian Student Union, Black Student Alliance, Graduate Women in Business, Latin American Students Association, National Organization for Women at UVA, Society of the Virginia Irish, Society of Women Engineers, Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Among Youth (SPIC-MACAY), Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Union. Some of these groups have a much bigger presence on grounds than others—e.g., the Black Student Union and the National Organization for Women at UVA.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% 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 76 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 38% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 76 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 41% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 80 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 79 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 16 responses

  • 81% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 6% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 12% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 16 responses

  • 25% Republican
  • 44% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 62% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 12% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 19% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 6% 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 16 responses

  • 25% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 69% 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.
  • 6% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 16 responses

  • 25% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 6% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 38% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 31% 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 77 responses

  • 35% Very accepting.
  • 52% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 12% 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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