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Diversity: Sometimes TOO MUCH diversity is frustrating

4 College Freshman

Diversity: all kinds of girls on campus

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Agnes is probably the most accepting school around, everyone is welcome

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Agnes Scott has the largest diversity ever.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Incredibly diverse! Students are from different countries, different states, have different religions, ethnicities, etc.but everyone is extremely tolerant and welcoming.


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  • 74th
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  • 118th
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  • 1276th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sofia Barrera
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For being such a small, private school, Agnes is extremely diverse when it comes to cultures, ethnicities, places of origin, and economic backgrounds. There are clubs abound that represent minority groups across nearly all cultures, orientations, and religions, that often make their presence known throughout the year. There is a wonderful tolerance for minority groups, religions, sexual orientations, and liberal opinions; however, all of this tolerance of diversity can make those who don't quite fit the "minority" spectrum feel undervalued.

Students who don't feel like they fit the "diverse" or "multicultural" label often don't know where it is they are likely to be accepted if they pursue admission into clubs and organizations. Often, it takes a leap of faith to join a club, but the leap is often rewarded. Through meetings and extracurricular activities, most multicultural organizations do a wonderful job at making everyone feel included once a new person decides to join. Agnes is a wonderfully inclusive community, but a person must be proactive in joining clubs and community activities in order to assuage the threat of exclusivity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 46%
20-21: 40%
22-24: 7%
25+: 4%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 9%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Agnes has a highly tolerant attitude toward LGBT students, faculty, and staff. Although LGBT faculty and staff are underrepresented statistically, those who are on campus participate in events hosted by Affinity and Ascend, the two LGBT clubs on campus, as well as events in the Metro Atlanta area.
Political Activity
The College doesn't officially participate in political issues; however, much of the student body is politically active. There are a lot of people who work with Amnesty International, Young Democrats, Living Wage, and various other organizations and issues. There is a strong liberal community at Agnes; the Republican and conservative students aren't well represented.
Economic Status
There is a large range of economic backgrounds represented at Agnes, and about 70 percent of Agnes Scott students qualify for and receive need-based financial aid. The College is very generous with scholarships, and a majority of students receives some sort of financial aid supported by the College.
Most Common Religions
Agnes prides itself in its diversity; however, religiously, the College is not quite as diverse as it would like to be. There is a large range of Christian faiths represented at Agnes, as well as Muslim and Jewish faiths. Religious groups include Religious Life Council, Baptist Collegiate Ministry (BCM), Daughters of Gaia, Fellowship of Christian Students (FCS), Jewish Student Association (Agnes Scott Hillel), Muslim Students' Association (MSA), New Life Campus Crusade for Christ, Newman Club (for Roman Catholics), New Westminster Fellowship (Presbyterian), Rose & Shield (Lutheran), Unitarian Universalist, and the Wesley Fellowship (Methodist). The multicultural organization Masala-SACE also educates the campus about multiple South Asian beliefs and practices.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Agnes has wonderful multicultural clubs on campus that are visible and well-known throughout the community. They are listed and described as follows: Affinity (LGBT),
African West Indian Student Association (AWISA), Asian Women, Ascend (formerly known as LGBTQIAQ Collective),
Daughters of Gaia (nature worship), International Student Association (ISA), Jewish Student Association (Hillel), Latinas UNIDAS, Masala-SACE (South Asian culture), Muslim Student Association (MSA), Feminist Club (formerly known as WAVE), Witkaze (the black student association of Agnes Scott), and the Woodruff Scholars Organization (WSO). Each of these groups is represented as a body called the Committee of Student Multicultural Organizations (COSMO) and through COSMO these groups are able to harbor understanding through partnered events and activities.
Did You Know?
  • In 2011, the undergraduate student population represented 41 states and territories, and 29 countries.
  • There are 13 religious organizations on campus, which are inclusive of Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Asian, and earth-centered religions.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 32 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 32 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 16% Moderate
  • 9% Not sure
  • 50% Liberal
  • 22% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 32 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 31 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 19% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 81% Very accepting.
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