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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Vandy is a very accepting and diverse place. Despite it's WASPy reputation, it has made leaps and bounds in diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly wealthy whites wearing designer clothing, especially the Greeks. Students generally dress the same way: for guys, it's polos, boat shoes, and brightly colored pants/shorts; for girls, it's headbands, leggings, boots, and scarves.

Most of the gays and liberals are segregated to McGill. The rest of the school seems pretty evenly split or apathetic.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I haven't spent a lot of time on the undergrad side of campus, but I've noticed a lot of different types of people on the Peabody side of campus.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: There's all kinds of people here.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a fair amount of diversity across campus. It is often overshadowed by the dominant Greek scene which has little-to-no diversity.

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Diversity and integration are extremely touchy subjects. It is one thing to have diversity on paper, but quite another to actually achieve true diversity. Obviously, you cannot have real diversity if different kinds of people are not well represented, but once that has been achieved, it is up to the students to follow through.

Vanderbilt has become more diverse over the last few years, and the admissions board has made a real point of trying to continue to bring different kinds of people into the Vanderbubble. They've really made good progress recently. What remains to be seen, however, is whether or not the students (of all groups) at Vandy are interested in making a concerted effort. Right now, the answer is no.

Facts & Statistics

African American
8%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
8%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
62%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
91%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 18%
25+: 27%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a growing gay community at Vanderbilt, and they have a very noticeable and positive presence on campus. The gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender association at Vandy is called Lambda—no one can escape the Greek nature of the school—and it holds regular meetings and events. Homophobia definitely exists at Vanderbilt, but it is almost entirely kept under wraps.
Political Activity
There are occasional rallies at Vanderbilt for a wide scope of causes. It seems that about half of the school is passionately and actively involved in politics, while the other half remains apathetic. Not much of a middle ground exists, but on the average, the student body has become more interested in the outside world in recent years.
Economic Status
Most students come from middle- and upper-class families.
Most Common Religions
The most popular religions on campus are Catholicism and Protestantism, but there are large and growing populations of Jews and Muslims. In fact, the Jewish student groups on campus are among some of the most active organizations at Vanderbilt.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Student Union, Muslim Student Association, Asian-American Students Association, Masala South Asian Cultural Exchange, Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students, African Student Association

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 12 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 47 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 23% Liberal
  • 36% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 47 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 11% Liberal
  • 36% Moderate
  • 36% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 47 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 47 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 12 responses

  • 83% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 17% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 8% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 75% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 8% 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.
  • 17% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% 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 12 responses

  • 8% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 67% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 25% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 12 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 8% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 42% 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 47 responses

  • 28% Very accepting.
  • 49% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 17% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
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