For a small, liberal arts college located in America's heartland, Cornell boasts some great diversity compared to the local landscape. Incoming classes average 20 percent students of color and four percent international students. The number of students from diverse economic backgrounds also adds to the variety of students on campus. Numerous religions are present on campus, as well, from Catholicism to paganism and many things in between. However, religious practice is not a high profile activity for most students. Cornell does not have an extremely visible or active GLBTQ community, primarily because these students are well received within campus culture.
Tolerance, particularly of more liberal viewpoints, is something Cornell students and faculty alike do really well. Conservatives on campus are more likely to be criticized by students for holding right-wing views. Nevertheless, the College Republicans are an active student organization. Isolated incidences of intolerance do occur, but the overwhelming student reaction is an intolerance for intolerance.