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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Yale is very diverse! A lot of wealthy people but there's also some variety.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The administration tries to give the image that the campus is really diverse in all aspects, but when you really get down to it, the majority of students are affluent white heterosexual males. That demographic still holds the highest position in campus, and in some departments, women still fight for acceptance (both as students and professors).

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I feel that Yale is very diverse when it comes to ethnic and racial backgrounds, I'm always meeting people from different countries and experiences.

I would hesitate to say that there's as much diversity in economic background, most students come from families with comfortable incomes. That's not to say there aren't a few outliers.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: People are accepting of other cultures, races, religions and sexual orientations. However, very few are willing to actually learn about other cultures and actually interact on a deeper level with others of a different culture.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Yale has a very diverse community. Yale accepts students from a number of different countries and associations such as the International Students Organization, South Asian Society and the Asian American Cultural Center are very prominent. A number of students at Yale study on need-based scholarships so there is economic diversity. The LGBT community at Yale is also prominent.

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Yale prides itself on its diversity and the freedom of expression on campus, and most students agree that the student body is diverse ethnically, economically, religiously, and geographically. The wide spectrum of lifestyles and backgrounds exposes students to a truly unlimited number of perspectives. Students feel free (and are often more than willing) to express their opinions; more importantly, they are eager to listen to other's opinions and broaden their worldview. This culture of free exchange creates an exciting atmostphere of learning amongst the students and sets Yale apart from other universities with a less diverse student population.

In addition, every perspective among the student body is represented in student organizations, clubs, and associations that are very present on campus. These groups help students find others with similar backgrounds and interests and provide extensive support as new Yalies transition into student life. If anything, some of the cultural groups can promote self-segregation because they bring together students with so much in common. However, the residential college system and the campus mindset generally succeed in shaping a community made of incredibly diverse young men and women all functioning together under the single title of "Yalie."

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 19%
25+: 38%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 24%
Native American: 0%
White: 56%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
Yale is very supportive of its gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students. The LGBT Co-Op at Yale provides a great support base and offers numerous educational and social events for all students, including films, discussions, concerts, and the all-popular LGBT Annual Ball. Yale also hosts a Queer Resource Center and offers peer counseling resources.
Political Activity
In general, the University and the student body tend to lean to the left-hand side of the political spectrum. However, there is a great amount of political diversity and open-mindedness. Most notable amongst the political groups is the Yale Political Union, the nation's oldest and most respected student debating society. Members of the YPU include the Liberal Party, the Party of the Left, the Progressive Party, the Independent Party, the Conservative Party, the Tory Party, and the Party of the Right. In addition, some students are involved in local politics, with Yalies frequently serving as Aldermen and board members in New Haven.
Economic Status
Due to an increase in financial aid and Yale's determined efforts to increase economic diversity, the student body now comes from a wide variety of socio-economic backgrounds. Most Yalies are on some kind of financial aid, and many are on full support. In years past, Yale was known for its legacies, however, in recent times their presence has diminished significantly. Legacies are never guaranteed admission to Yale and are expected to be as academically proficient as any other admitted student.
Most Common Religions
Yale was originally founded under religious principles, and the University continues to be supportive of all religions. The primary religions are Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Bahá'i Faith, and Unitarian Universalism. All of these faiths have various student organizations that sponsor events throughout the year. The Chaplain's Office is a highly visible organization on campus that connects various religious groups through education and outreach (and offers free ice cream!). In addition, the Divinity School for graduates hosts many opportunities for religious discussions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Yale is the place to celebrate diversity, including cultural and ethnic heritage. Organizations on campus include the Black Student Alliance, Asian American Students Alliance, Ballet Folklorico Mexicano, International Students Organization, NAACP, and many other groups celebrating countries from China and Cuba to Israel and Poland. These groups host meals, parties, holidays, performances, and events that are very popular.
Did You Know?
  • The Yale University Chaplain's Office offers support for students of all religions: www.yale.edu/chaplain/.
  • For a list of Yale's multicultural student organizations, check out www.yale.edu/admit/mrp/groups.html

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 42 responses

  • 24% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 57 responses

  • 32% Progressive/very liberal
  • 49% Liberal
  • 7% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 60 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 27 responses

  • 7% Republican
  • 67% Democratic
  • 11% Independent
  • 4% 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 17 responses

  • 76% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 24% 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.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 78% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 19% 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.
  • 4% 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 42 responses

  • 67% Very accepting.
  • 24% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% 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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