Elon, NC
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Diversity: Diversity is out #1 initiative

2 College Senior

Diversity: The university likes to boast that we're super diverse, but we're really not. They accept more black, hispanic, and international students every year, but diversity goes beyond skin color. Perhaps our struggle lies in the intrinsic culture of the school, and the fact that it's very expensive. Most students are well-off, southern preppy, Republicans, vaguely religious/spiritual, and straight. There isn't much deviation from that, except maybe in the Performing Arts department. Also, they offer almost every black or hispanic student full scholarships even though most of them can pay. Meanwhile, I'm scraping by because I'm white.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: There is diversity but it is not very apparent.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Overall there is not much diversity on campus, but Elon's definitely working to change that.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Elon is trying to bring in more minority students in every incoming class but diversity is currently lacking at Elon. Many minority students bond over the fact that they feel there are not a lot of students that look like them on campus.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Lauren Flood
Ridgefield, CT
Business Administration (Minor: Leadership)
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One of Elon's definite weaknesses is its lack of diversity. In many of my classes we've discussed this issue, and both students and faculty are pressing for a more diverse school. While talking with some of my black friends, they voice their concern about the small amount of African Americans at Elon, and how it affects them as a part of the race. Sometimes a student will see a Hispanic or Indian student and make a joke like, "there walks diversity at Elon." Many students want higher diversity, and in the next few years, they might get it.

Elon's administration is aware of the University's cultural shortcomings, and how much they anger students. The admissions office has responded by creating a student ambassadors team, made up of minority students, to recruit high school students who are also minorities. These ambassadors also facilitate orientation weekends by having talks with minority students about opportunities for them on campus in minority clubs or sororities or fraternities. Furthermore, many students have voiced an opinion that admissions should try to go to areas that have diverse populations and promote Elon in the high schools there. Even though diversity is at a terrible low at Elon, there is indeed hope for a more diverse campus in the coming years.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 40%
22-24: 8%
25+: 5%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a high level of acceptance of homosexuality at Elon. The University follows a policy of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and also offers same-sex domestic partner benefits to staff members.
Political Activity
Political activity at Elon is moderate, and largely encouraged by the University. Elon often invites diverse speakers with various backgrounds and beliefs, understanding that students at Elon represent a wide variety of political views.
Economic Status
Elon is a private, southern university that breeds preppy students. Most students are of the upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Cultural Society, Diversity Emerging Education Program, Elon's Finest, Elon University Gospel Choir, Intercultural Relations Club, Multicultural Leadership Roundtable, Multicultural Student Council, S.M.A.R.T. (Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent), Spectrum, Student Ambassadors Committee, Historically Black Sororities and Fraternities

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 44 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 16% Moderate
  • 43% Liberal
  • 14% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 43 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 30% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 12% Not sure
  • 16% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 43 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 43 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 43 responses

  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 56% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 35% Very accepting.
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