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4 College Junior

Diversity: I am not really set to one side of things. I do not base my life around others lifestyle.

4 College Junior

Diversity: La Roche College is a very diverse school. International students attend this college and people of various races and ethnicity. Most of the international students are Middle Eastern; but there are Asians, Africans, and I know a Russian.

College Sophomore

Diversity: there are so many foreigners in our school

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is very diverse and there are people from international countries such as Italy and Africa.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Not a lot of GLBTs at this school, more Saudi Arabian students, some African, some Chinese. Meet a lot of different cultures.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amy Pennington
Zelienople, Pa.
Writing/French minor
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One word to accurately describe La Roche is "diverse." With students from 28 countries and different economic and social backgrounds, diversity is something that La Roche prides itself on. In 1993, former College President Monsignor William Kerr established the Pacem in Terris Program (Latin for "Peace on Earth") to help young people from conflicted and developing countries get an education. This scholarship-based program brings students here from around the globe in hopes of helping them understand how to end the international conflicts that plague their native countries. When they graduate, students in this program are expected to return to their homelands and help educate their fellow countrymen.

As you walk across campus, you'll hear Spanish, English, French, Arabic, Albanian, and other languages. Look across the sea of faces, and you'll see students from Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo, Yemen, Nepal, Jamaica, and the U.S., among others. Special services offered to international students include an English lab, international student center, ESL programs and classes, host family programs, and special orientations. Most students are happy to be a part of such a diverse community during their college years, and the ones who aren't usually end up transferring before the end of their freshman year.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 16%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 92%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a gay-straight alliance on campus, but homosexual students here are not excessively active for gay rights.
Political Activity
The students seem pretty liberal here.
Economic Status
Most of La Roche's students come from upper- to lower-middle-class homes.
Most Common Religions
Protestant, Roman Catholic
Minority Clubs on Campus
GLOBE (international students) is active on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 13 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 31% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 23% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 50% Moderate
  • 25% Not sure
  • 17% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 12 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 11 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 13 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 15% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 54% Very accepting.


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