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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We're a Southern school. Doing better, but still so far to go.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse despite the Southern school reputation

5 College Junior

Diversity: People underrate how diverse Vanderbilt is. We still have slightly fewer asians than other schools, but trust me, there are a lot. In terms of blacks and hispanics, I'd say we have more than most schools. With that said, there is room for improvement. Vandy knows that, and each class is becoming more and more diverse. Campus is probably close to half and half in terms of political beliefs, we have people representing all sorts of SES (great financial aid), but overall students are rich. Probably fewer LGBT individuals because of stigmas of the south, but a strong majority are open to anyone. Geographic diversity is amazing. We have people from everywhere, and we have been getting more from the West Coast recently, which is the only area that probably used to be underrepresented. Great diversity now, and with the direction of the school, I think we will be one of the most diverse campuses in the country in a few years. Nobody should be afraid of Vandy because they are a racial or ethnic diversity; just because we are in the south does not change the fact that we are a diverse, open environment.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are clear attempts to improve diversity by the university. Some have been successful, others haven't.

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.

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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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 57 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 16% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 77 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 14% Liberal
  • 48% Moderate
  • 26% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 77 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 41 responses

  • 24% Republican
  • 39% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 10% Other party not mentioned
  • 15% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 40% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 56% 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 41 responses

  • 27% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 61% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 12% 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 57 responses

  • 28% Very accepting.
  • 49% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 18% 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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