Diversity

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$32,665
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5 College Junior

Diversity: This college is a veritable melting pot of diverse peoples and cultures! Whoa! If you ever want a radically different viewpoint on life, all you have to do is stick your head out the window and ask! As a draqonqueer otherkin, I'm used to extreme discrimination, but I was surprised to find that I was mostly accepted; there were a few instances of oppression throughout the year, but it was a picnic compared to regular life. A+

3 College Junior

Diversity: Same races always become a group. This may be because of the groups that are oriented just for that race, or maybe it might be the conservative close minded people that decide to join these groups

5 College Senior

Diversity: I would not be the same person had I not attended Austin College. I grew up in a predominately white, small town in Texas and had never had friends of different races, religions, or cultures. My friend group here is EXTREMELY diverse in all aspects. My best friends are from China, Pakistan, Whales, India, Belgium, Europe. They are Muslim, Christian, Atheist. I have friends who are Gay or Bisexual. The diversity that this school has to offer is insane. It is incredible.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Austin College really has a diverse campus. There are students from every background and nationality which really add to the experience of being at Austin College. The different interests groups on campus also help add a very diverse and educational feel. Attending in Austin College definitely opens your eyes not only at a collegiate view but also at a worldly view.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I see all kinds of people on campus.

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  • 193rd
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  • 562nd
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  • 1202nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Graes
Hometown
Granbury, TX
Major
English and American Studies
Grad Year
2013
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The beacons for diversity on campus are the flags hanging in the cafeteria that represent the approximately 30 countries from which AC students hail. While the majority of students are white, middle class, and from Texas or Oklahoma, you will run into the occasional student from New York, Tennessee, Nigeria, or France. You may wonder, "Now, how did he or she end up in Sherman?" And the best part is that it's okay to ask. You see, while the student body is not necessarily diverse in the truest sense of the word, the people are overtly open-minded about all cultures and lifestyles. It's all about learning from one another in the AC family, and you shouldn't expect anything less from a campus that lives and breathes studying abroad, Jan Term experiences, and global outreach.

The AC community is a nurturing environment, no matter what group you're representing. Muslim students can remain close to their religion by connecting with their peers during Ramadan, and their Christian friends may even fast with them for a few days in support. Many gay students find the courage to "come out" when they arrive in the haven of AC. And if that's not enough for you, the president of this Presbyterian-affiliated college is a Jewish woman.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
14%
Hispanic
14%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
62%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
11%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Minnesota
  • Oklahoma
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 46%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 8%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 2%
Native American: 2%
White: 91%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Most students are accepting of their homosexual classmates. If anybody has a problem with homosexuality, he or she generally just ignores the gay students, aside from an under-the-breath comment here and there. In general, AC offers gay students a safe haven, and most students will go to bat for their gay colleagues.
Political Activity
There are representatives from all variants of political backgrounds at AC. The Young Democrats and Young Republicans groups on campus actively campaign for their own causes. While many may say there are more liberals on campus, the truth is that most students are relatively moderate. While they tend toward liberalism often, they generally like to steer down the middle path when it comes to politics.
Economic Status
Pretty much everybody at AC receives some form of scholarship or financial aid, so economic background is not a source of discrimination. While it may become evident in a group of friends who don't have as much money as others, everyone is generally respected and not looked down upon. Yes, the majority of students come from middle-class families, but it is not a factor in social group division.
Most Common Religions
AC is loosely affiliated with the Presbyterian church, and many students are Christian. However, there is also a large population of Muslim students, which is especially apparent during Ramadan. Religious awareness is promoted with celebrations offered by different religious groups throughout the year as educational experiences for other students.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of minority clubs at AC, and you'll find everything from Black Expressions to the Asian Student Association to the Indian Cultural Association. These organizations are extremely active on campus and host regular awareness events. Other students are open to the groups and take part in their campus-wide activities.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 35 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 34% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 35 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 9% Not sure
  • 54% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 35 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 34 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 36 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 58% Very accepting.

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