Centenary was once a white, all-male college. While things have changed a lot since 1825, the College still lacks a diverse student body and faculty. The students are still overwhelmingly white, though now the girls vastly outnumber the guys. Most of the African Americans are on the men's basketball team. There is a minority club on campus and an African American fraternity, too. While the College isn't adverse to a diverse student body, Centenary seems to be unable to attract many other people besides white, middle-class students. While most of the student body falls under the middle-class spectrum, there are a few rich kids and several students that are barely scraping by. Almost every student at Centenary receives a scholarship, so students who would typically be unable to afford tuition can get by with loans and work-study programs.
Some of the diversity comes from international students who, while still overwhelmingly white and mostly European, at least bring a non-American perspective to class discussion and student life. Added to the lack of diversity in the student body is an incredible lack of non-white professors. Most students are incredibly accepting of differences, whether it is race, religion, or sexuality. Outreach, the gay awareness organization, has had a few problems with other students messing with their signs, but nothing incredibly serious. The biggest tensions on campus tend to arise when students discuss politics. Though Centenary lacks a diverse population, it seems to be improving, and almost everyone is accepting of differences.