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What are some colleges with great racial integration?(opposite to tight cliques)

lolononojololononojo Posts: 149Registered User Junior Member
Many colleges accentuate the diversity of the student body but when I take a closer look, some just have clusters of races choosing to socialize within their groups most of the time. For example, Cornell is one of the schools with fair amount of diversity yet small interaction between racial groups.

I do understand that how one chooses to act is indeed what decides the groups he/she hangs out with, but I still think it would be better if the general atmosphere at the school was a melting pot rather than a salad bowl :D

Interestingly, some schools with "low" diversity with majority being white can have less "clustering" compared to schools with "high" diversity.

Personally, I find it more comfortable to be at a place where there less tight-knit ethnic clusters.


What colleges do you find racially integrated-in social terms?
and what are some colleges where there aren't much interactions between each ethnic clusters? Plus, feel free to talk about your views concerning this issue.
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Replies to: What are some colleges with great racial integration?(opposite to tight cliques)

  • compaq10compaq10 Posts: 264Registered User Junior Member
    none :)
    seriously
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Posts: 7,652Registered User Senior Member
    the CUNY schools do a pretty good job from what I've heard
  • Gryffon5147Gryffon5147 Posts: 3,765Registered User Senior Member
    Yale. I'm not even kidding.
  • kwukwu Posts: 4,759Registered User Senior Member
    Compaq10 is right. No "elite" school whose student body is half "elite" will have true "racial integration."

    There will clearly appear to be "racial integration" at a school where most of the minorities have grown up in privileged households, have been whitewashed and accustomed to hiding their true cultural identity.

    I'm talking about a school where everyone can be himself or herself and still feel an accepted part of the greater community.
  • pierre0913pierre0913 Posts: 7,652Registered User Senior Member
    ^in that case you mean both socioeconomic and racial diversity
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 68,297Registered User Senior Member
    Gosh, this is a problem all over the country. Articles and books have been written about this.

    "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity

    Amazon.com: "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?": A Psychologist…
  • lolononojololononojo Posts: 149Registered User Junior Member
    I see.

    Then what are some schools reputed for horrible or maybe great integration?
    The only one I know is UCLA which is known for bad racial integration.
    Especially for tight-knit Asian (to be more specific, Christian Asians) groups.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Posts: 68,297Registered User Senior Member
    Are you trying to find colleges to apply to where you'll find a lot of various ethnic groups socializing together on a regular basis?
  • fleishmo6fleishmo6 Posts: 103Registered User Junior Member
    temple u in philadelphia is as racially diverse as you would want
    being a large state school in the heart of philly
    has every major as well as almost all grad programs
    dental,med,pharm,physical therapy and law school, and a hospital are all found under the temple u umbrella
    used to be a commuter school but now it cannot build dorms fast enough
    great college town with many colleges within 30-40 mins
    penn,drexel,villanova,swarthmore,haverford, st.joes, la salle, u of del, bryn mawr are all a short ride from campus
    a subway stop for transportation into center city philly is on campus where u can get to all of the museums and historical sites as well as all the proffessional stadiums within 20 mins
    great opportunities both academically and socially
  • blackeyedsusanblackeyedsusan Posts: 2,407Registered User Senior Member
    Rice. Its residential college system promotes racial and multi-cultural integration and social interaction. It's even ranked #2 by Princeton Review for race/class interaction!
  • collegebiomedcollegebiomed Posts: 392Registered User Member
    ^^^I agree with Temple
  • liu02bhsliu02bhs Posts: 657- Member
    Howard
    Spellman
  • lolononojololononojo Posts: 149Registered User Junior Member
    @mom2collegekids

    Yes, but I was trying to focus more on the integration itself. So it would not matter for me whether students are from 52 different countries or 25 different countries.
  • slik nikslik nik Posts: 1,083Registered User Senior Member
    I second blackeyedsusan's recommendation of Rice. I have finished my first year at Rice, and I am amazed with how much interaction there is between different races due to the residential college system. Yale also has a residential college system, so I am not surprised someone mentioned that as well.
  • iCalculusiCalculus Posts: 425- Member
    Princeton, as crazy as it sounds, seriously. I found it to be more integrated than Columbia, MIT, Brown when I visited those campuses.
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