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5 College Freshman

Diversity: American University is one of the most accepting places I've ever been, and I'm coming from NYC. The school is incredibly supportive of LGBTQ* rights and is constantly supporting inclusion and safety for everyone on campus.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: AU is known for it's diversity and acceptance of students with various political, sexual, economic and racial backgrounds. Very diverse campus and a lot of international students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: AU takes pride in flaunting how diverse the university is and how accommodating it is.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People go out of their way to be accepting in regards to everything. Saying that faculty and most students here are "politically correct" would be an understatement.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Socioeconomics are hardly diverse. Lots of well off kids. Expect a certain standard of attire and dedication to designer labels. No one is intolerant towards variety in sexual orientation!


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  • 5th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 21st
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1390th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jesse MacDonald
Law & Society
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AU has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, with students from all 50 states and a very high international population. Students come from all different ethnic, family, and religious backgrounds. Very few students are awarded scholarships because AU is not overly generous with handing out financial aid packages. Although there are some students on full scholarships at AU, most students are from wealthy or middle-class families. 

The female population outweighs the male population, and there are a number of gay and lesbian students. The majority of girls at AU complains that there are not enough eligible guys to date. 

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 18%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Two words: very accepting. The GLBTA Resource Center takes an active role in helping AU students find GLBTA-related volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities.
Political Activity
Known as the most politically active school in the country, AU boasts very active College Democrats, Libertarians, and Republicans, in addition to a myriad of special issue groups.
Economic Status
Though AU is certainly culturally diverse, most students are upper-middle class, with a significant population being much wealthier.
Most Common Religions
AU is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but there is also a large Jewish population.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs on campus include: South Asian Student Association, Black Student Alliance, Muslim Student Association, and Latin American Student Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 73 responses

  • 7% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 37% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 73 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 7% Moderate
  • 4% Not sure
  • 47% Liberal
  • 42% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 73 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 73 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 74 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% 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.
  • 78% Very accepting.



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