Diversity

Location
Baton Rouge, LA
Undergrads
22,207
Tuition (in-state)
$22,265 ($6,989)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: LSU is very diverse. There is always a group that you can find that will fit something you're looking for.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It's a predominately white college. But there are people from all over the country going there. No one makes fun of you because of your race or ethnicity. Those things aren't important, everyone is worried about their education.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: People from around the world go to LSU so there is a huge intertwining of cultures, religions, and belief systems.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Its pretty diverse. But you do have to keep in mind that it is a PWI so it is majority white but you do still see other ethnicities all throughout the campus.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Overall, at an undergraduate population of around 25,000 people, majority of them are white, Christian, and conservative. But having such a large population helps loosen the constant flow of similar people. Our campus needs a lot more people of different backgrounds and heritage before it can be the best example of diversity, but I suppose it could also be worse (not by much though really). My school is in the South and overrun with similar religious beliefs, but a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds. Having opposing religious beliefs, political beliefs, sexual orientation, race (non-white) and/or being of a lower economic class really is a hardship in this environment and becomes a part of everyday life. Diversity may be slightly visible here, but it is not readily accepted.

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  • 80th
    Most Conservative Schools
  • 1314th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1315th
    Most Liberal Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kim Moreau
Hometown
Baton Rouge, La
Major
Journalism
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Many years ago, there was this little thing called the Civil War. The South has thenceforth been known as a place filled with predominantly white males who do not really seem to care too much about other cultures. And even though the days of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement may be over, the South is still lacking in diversity. God bless LSU for trying, but the numbers don't lie. With nearly 80 percent of the population being white and the rest meagerly spread among other races, it's hard to say LSU is a diverse place, though the administration often touts it as so.

However, compared to the South in general, LSU is doing a much better job than other universities. The school is doing its best to promote the efforts of diversity. Student organizations and several University programs are helping to get the word out about people of differing cultures and give the campus a more congealed, melting-pot-like atmosphere. LSU has several international students, as well, which helps to expose students to people of other countries through their tenure at the University. Students of other cultures often meet others of the same background, start organizations based on their common bond, and try to get other people on campus informed about their ways of life. Despite low numbers in size, most other groups have a chance to have an equal voice in matters of the University. Many students of all races are trying to raise the flag of diversity and create a university that is better racially-distributed.

Facts & Statistics

African American
11%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
4%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
21%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 17%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
35%
Male Faculty
65%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
The campus gay community takes an active part in ensuring that other LSU students learn to be more accepting of the gay community. Spectrum unites those with alternative sexual preferences in a group to give students of varying sexual preferences a voice.
Political Activity
LSU is in the South, e.g., the "conservative heartland." Republicans dominate, and the College Republicans are known not only for their large number of students, but their great parties. However, the more liberal-minded aren't absent, and there are plenty of opportunities for people to share and spread their ideas.
Economic Status
LSU has students from every economic background. Students range from ├╝ber-wealthy to those working to pay their own way. Students tend to cluster around those with similar economic statuses.
Most Common Religions
There are a slew of Christian groups, and several churches are located on campus. Many students are active in the different Christian groups, such as the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) or Chapel on the Campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
LSU has a number of minority organizations from the Black Student Union to the Saudi Club. Most clubs are used mainly as an opportunity for students to meet those with common cultures and aren't governing clubs of campus.
Did You Know?
LSU has more than 300 different student organizations, allowing students an opportunity to get involved with people with similar interests.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 83 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 24% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 23% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 82 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 29% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 27% Not sure
  • 11% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 85 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 84 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 83 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 54% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 35% Very accepting.

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