NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - U.S. News & World Report has named Rutgers University the most diverse university in the country, but students don’t see the benefits of it and neither do I. But that might be because Rutgers is such a melting pot for cultures.
Rutgers takes pride in the diversity of their school, stating that there are many different people from different religions and ethnicities. The school consists of 49 percent white students, 24 percent Asian American, ten percent Hispanic, 9 percent African American, ten percent out of state, six percent unknown, and two percent international, according to collegeprowler.com.
“Once you step foot onto campus, you can see all the diversity immediately”, said Jackie Quinto, a Rutgers Newark student.
The Newark campus stresses the diversity factor the most, providing information on how diverse they are on the home page of their website. U.S. News & World Report named the campus number one in the entire country.
“The school is diverse, but that does not mean cliques don‘t form,” said Geovany Quienteros, who isn’t a student but has visited the campus various times. “Out of the many times I‘ve been there, you see the ‘white’ clique, the ‘Indian’ clique, the ‘Spanish’ clique, etc.”
This separateness isn’t all a coincidence though. The school has many associations and groups dedicated to a certain religion or ethnicity like most schools, but that doesn’t mean there’s a lot of discrimination.
“If you go to a dining hall, you‘ll see a table full of 20 people, each completely different looking when it comes to race and religion. It‘s actually pretty common,” said Quinto. “Personally, my three main friends are all each of a different race.”
Upon first glance, you see all the different demographics sticking together and there are no visible benefits, but students don’t see any issues either. Also, when an issue occurs because of racism or prejudice, students actually band together. The most recent issue has been the Tyler Clementi case.
When Clementi committed suicide after he was recorded having sexual relations with another man, a huge number of students of different ethnicities and sexual orientation banded together for protest and candle light vigils.
“That‘s where our diversity comes together. When we need each other and need to get together, you‘ll see every single race at one place”, said Quinto.
Rutgers is proud of its diversity and doesn’t hold it back no matter what the case is. Whenever there is a protest against something, the school doesn’t censor the groups and instead, provides security for them.
Collegeprowler.com wrote, “Rutgers isn‘t a box that sets you into the real world, when you graduate-the real world is Rutgers.”
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