Diversity

Location
Atlanta, GA
Undergrads
18,059
Tuition (in-state)
$27,874 ($9,664)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We are extremely diverse and people from different religions affiliate with each other.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: it's a very large campus so everyone differs vastly when compared with highschool students.

4 College Senior

Diversity: We have a little bit of everybody

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is great on campus. It wouldn't be interesting if everyone was the same

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Our student body is immense, and Georgia State is within the top 10 colleges in the nation for student diversity among religion, ethnicity, political beliefs, etc. One will almost never find much consistency of the same race/culture, belief system, etc. of students at our college. Nonetheless, our student body (in terms of diversity of all sorts) are extremely diverse and distinguished amongst other colleges to say the least.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 135th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 286th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1270th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Megan Urry
Hometown
Franklin, New Jersey
Major
English, Journalism
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Diversity is a big part of what Georgia State is known for. Almost every ethnic group is represented in some shape or form, and there are always events sponsored by culture clubs, aimed at sharing customs with other students. There are also lots of "specialized" organizations, ranging from minority clubs and organizations (Asian Studies Club, Black Student Alliance) to religious and sexuality groups (Catholic Student Assocation, Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity), and they all coexist respectfully. We also have lots of international students that seem to enjoy the tolerant, city atmosphere.

Georgia State has a larger population of non-traditional students than most universities, as well. With GSU's location right next to residential neighborhoods where people live and work, adults often decide to go back to school at Georgia State and get their degrees by taking evening classes or going to school part-time. Graduate students are also abundant in number. The campus definitely encompasses students of every age, shape, and color.

Facts & Statistics

African American
38%
Asian
10%
Hispanic
7%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
36%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
5%
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 23%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 23%
25+: 28%
Female Faculty
48%
Male Faculty
52%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 8%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 13%
Native American: 0%
White: 68%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
The Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity is one of the largest student organizations on campus, and they hold regular meetings every month, as well as multiple events throughout the year. Their events are some of the most popular to attend, by club members and non-members alike.
Political Activity
Given the school's urban location and diverse population, the campus "leans" more toward the left politically. The College Republicans and the Young Democrats are two of the largest political organizations, and they regularly participate in campus debates, as well as try to bring attention to various current events and issues that affect students. The school also has "free speech zones" on campus where non-school-affiliated groups can demonstrate or share their ideas. Over the years, these zones have caused quite a bit of controversy, particularly when fundamentalist groups came to campus.
Economic Status
A lot of the scholarship students at Georgia State are recipients of the HOPE scholarship, a state government-funded scholarship that covers tuition and fees for students that maintain a 3.0 GPA and graduate from a Georgia high school, so a large portion of the student body is in-state. There are a handful of students that are awarded funds because of athletics or academics, but there isn't a very large gap between scholarship students and non-scholarship students. There are too many students that come from different backgrounds, and it's a public institution-so economic status isn't a big deal.
Most Common Religions
Most students are Christian, but there are lots of other religious groups dedicated to non-Christian ideals (the Muslim Student's Association, the Latter-Day Saints Association, and the Pagan Student Alliance for Religious Tolerance are a few examples). There are opportunities for students to engage in whatever belief system they wish to get more involved in.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are dozens of clubs on campus dedicated to minority groups and their cultures, and there are events sponsored by these clubs happening on a regular basis. These clubs are very active and prominent on campus-the sheer number and variety of these clubs are evidence enough of this.
Did You Know?
  • The Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity is one of the largest student organizations in Georgia with more than 600 chartered members.
  • In a recent poll of American colleges and universities, Georgia State ranked 17th regarding campus diversity.
  • There are students from more than 140 different countries currently studying on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 169 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 37% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 169 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 30% Not sure
  • 33% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 173 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 172 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 170 responses

  • 3% 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.
  • 26% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 69% Very accepting.

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