Diversity

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Undergrads
28,733
Tuition (in-state)
$21,673 ($6,507)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I love the cultural diversity of all the students at my school. We all share the same pride and FSU culture.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity at my school, in a lot of different ways.

5 College Junior

Diversity: It's an amazing melting pot!

4 College Junior

Diversity: I love the diversity of the school because it gives you a chance to see other people's culture and background.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is plenty of diversity throughout the campus. I would say this is about average for any University.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Cheryl Justis
Hometown
Daytona Beach, Fla.
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Florida State appears to strive towards diversity among the student body. Recent statistics show that FSU has seen minority enrollment increase over 30 percent in the last few years. In addition to financial assistance and aid programs for the economically challenged, the school also offers the CARE program to assist students in adjusting to the social and academic atmosphere. FSU also boasts a large number of international students, as well as over 250 student organizations. This broad range of representation will give students the opportunity to meet and hang out with people of a similar background and to intermingle with people from different backgrounds. Also, keep in mind that Florida A&M University, a predominately minority school, is only a few blocks away, which serves to deepen the ethnic and cultural diversity of the area. Most students agree that attending FSU is a great way to broaden your horizons and gain exposure to a variety of people and cultures.

Even though it is firmly situated in a conservative, government-oriented town, FSU has a diversity that is competitive with any institute of higher learning. Florida State is a model ethnic melting pot, with the student body being comprised of a large number of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. The school also has a number of ethnic-based student associations that offer a wide range of services and support. FSU is also open-minded enough to include a gay, bisexual, and transgendered student organization that not only offers camaraderie in a group setting, but also support for those in need and a proud and outspoken proponent on campus issues.

Facts & Statistics

African American
9%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
16%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
67%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
11%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 21%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
While Florida State is in the south, both the FSU and the local community show a high degree of acceptance for alternative lifestyles and people with different types of sexual orientation. There have been no violent crimes against homosexuals in recent history. The University also hosts the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Student Union and SafeZone.
Political Activity
The most visible political activity on campus, other than student government, is usually activists protesting either real or perceived injustices. In the past, Florida State has had a mass camp-out on Landis Green that lasted over a month.
Economic Status
You’ll hear the usual complaints about “rich kids,” and more than a handful of students drive cars you know they didn’t pay for themselves. However, the economic status of the student body varies, and FSU does a good job of bringing in students from all walks of life.
Most Common Religions
FSU is mostly Christian, but many other religions are also represented. Many consider Tallahassee to be part of the Bible Belt, and the city plays host to a number of churches.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are quite a few organizations on campus that represent minorities and offer them a voice in student affairs. The list of organizations includes the African Student Association, the Chinese Student & Scholar Association, the Cuban American Student Association, and the South Asian Students Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 261 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 260 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 39% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 265 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 264 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 20% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 261 responses

  • 52% Very accepting.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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