Diversity

Location
Huntingdon, PA
Undergrads
1,527
Tuition
$35,780
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Diversity: One of the growing issues of concern at the school is diversity and balancing it in a liberal arts institution. The school has maintained an effort to resolve disagreements and the president is constantly engaging students on all levels in debates about diversity and its role here.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are not many minorities on campus at all.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: we are not a diverse campus

4 College Student

Diversity: In Juniata College you can find the diversity every where. Lots of international students, especially Chinese.

4 College Student

Diversity: We have students from across the United States and all over the world. It's a great way to learn about different cultures and meet new people.

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  • 163rd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Diversity is a touchy subject at Juniata, mainly because for all it's talked about on campus, there really isn't much. The school is overwhelmingly made up of white, middle-class suburbanites, and it shows everywhere except in the brochures. But the College's lack of diversity is not from lack of trying. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works incredibly hard to bring more ethnic diversity to the school. The office has made good strides, and everyone constantly talks about the subject, but it's slow going. There's even less ethnic diversity in the area, and that doesn't help.

At the same time, Juniata does draw students with different religious and political backgrounds from all over the U.S. The majority is Christian and politically liberal, but you'll find a little of everything. The school also has a comparatively large international population, especially for a college in the boonies of Pennsylvania. Minority and international clubs are very active on campus, and mark different cultural holidays and traditions with celebrations. The international students do tend to stick together, but they're not exclusive. It's easy for students to immerse themselves in a cosmopolitan mindset if they have the desire to. When it comes down to it, Juniata's a very tolerant, open-minded, internationally-oriented campus. It just can't quite muster enough ethnic diversity to mirror its diversity of thought.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
10%
Native American
0%
White
79%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
43%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 5%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 92%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Juniata is a very tolerant and accepting campus, but aside from the club AWOL (All Ways of Loving), the gay community on campus is fairly quiet.
Political Activity
Many students at Juniata are political, and most of those who fall into that category are liberal. However, with the last presidential election, more conservative students began speaking up and making their presence known. Clubs represent both sides of the political spectrum on campus, but those who speak up about politics—and there are many—usually hail from the left.
Economic Status
You can find students from many different economic backgrounds at Juniata, but the majority hails from middle-class suburbia. This has both ups and downs—you won't find many snobs on campus, but at the same time, it doesn't help with the school's quest to improve diversity.
Most Common Religions
Juniata is affiliated in name with the Church of the Brethren, and Christianity is easily the predominant religion at Juniata, with several different clubs taking a significant role on campus. However, other religions are also represented, and the United Spiritual Community works to bring awareness of different faiths to campus. The Muslim Student Association is active, and there is a Hillel group on campus, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority and international clubs on campus, and all are very active, often working together to continue some of Juniata's finer traditions. Annual events such as Eid Dinner and the presentation of "The Vagina Monologues" are immensely popular, and the international clubs in particular regularly host dinners, film festivals, and immersion days for students with an interest in learning about other cultures.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 25 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 44% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 12% Moderate
  • 12% Not sure
  • 60% Liberal
  • 16% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 25 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 24 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 26 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 50% Very accepting.

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