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3 College Junior

Diversity: Sure there are a lot of international students and some ethnic/racial diversity. Economic diversity? Not so much. Most people are pretty well off, and you can tell. The student body tends to lean left politically.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The AU campus is very diverse and students are accepting of all.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: AU tries too hard to be diverse.

3 College Senior

Diversity: In terms of racial diversity, American University is mostly white, but the atmosphere is very accepting of all races. We are incredibly politically correct so it could be that any prejudice is masked, but for the most part race doesn't matter. Sexual orientation also doesn't matter. We have a large amount of LGBT students and we are extremely supportive. A former student government president came out as transgender and was congratulated with open arms. What does matter is political beliefs. Majority of people are liberal, democratic or both. At AU, if you don't agree with every political opinion another student does, it often becomes hostile and unpleasant.

5 College Student

Diversity: american is crazy diverse. its basically as diverse as all of the students aim to make the world. people of every background and group you could ever think of are here.


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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 76 responses

  • 7% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 38% Liberal
  • 16% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 75 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 7% Moderate
  • 4% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 41% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 76 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 76 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 76 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.
  • 20% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 78% Very accepting.



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