Diversity

Location
Murfreesboro, TN
Undergrads
18,403
Tuition (in-state)
$21,826 ($7,210)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: MTSU is an extremely diverse campus. Everyone seems to get along with everyone else without culture, ethnic background or religion getting in the way. Many students are open to accepting others for who they are without trying to change them. On any college campus there is always gonna be some debate over politics and religion but there is not any dominating group over another. The campus is not perfect in any way at all, but it does give students the privilege to express themselves however they want and feel without being looked down upon.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a big diversity there is no specific race that stands out among another.

5 College Junior

Diversity: It allows students to keep an open mind.

4 College Junior

Diversity: the campus is very well diversified and split between race, gender, religious views, and sexual orientation. Some challenges involved are mild racism of towards white, and a few disgruntled cases of gay and lesbian intolerance. other than those few challenges its wonderful. politics on campus are interesting and bring up thoughts of ethics and morality within the mindset of those participating.

3 College Senior

Diversity: There is this one guy that comes on campus once per semester and yells at people that they're going to hell because they're gay or because they're a woman wearing capris. I had pants and a tank top on showing nothing except my shoulders and he told me I was going to hell. I just laughed. Other than that it's great!

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

MTSU prides itself on its diversity. There have been no reported hate crimes, and the campus institutes a myriad of racial diversity activities. As you walk across campus, you might pass a person strumming a guitar under a tree, and on your other side, you may see a group playing music and rapping. You'll come across dozens of nationalities. In fact, there are students from more than 70 countries, and around 20 percent of attendees are minorities. The campus sponsors Hispanic, Native American, and Asian/Pacific Islander heritage months, to name a few, but the most recognized and participated in is African American Heritage Month. Workshops, displays, and speakers are available to all students. The University also has a high percentage of nontraditional students who are working parents or are adults returning for a degree. It is also a very accessible campus for people with disabilities. MTSU's Disabled Student Services offers assistance to people with physical and mental disabilities, such as blindness, hearing impairment, and learning disabilities.

According to past Student Affairs surveys, 60 percent of students said they have gained a better appreciation for other cultures, and 98 percent said they expected to make friends with students whose race or ethnicity is different from their own. However you look at it, the campus is a good slice of the real world.

Facts & Statistics

African American
18%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
3%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
70%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
6%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 26%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
45%
Male Faculty
55%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is 100 percent tolerance here. The gay community is not isolated and is seen throughout the campus community.
Political Activity
Political activity at MTSU is primarily liberal.
Economic Status
Most students are middle class and from the Tennessee area. Lower-income students have additional financial aid options that give them the resources needed to continue their education.
Most Common Religions
Catholic, Protestant
Minority Clubs on Campus
Lambda Theta Alpha (Latin sorority), Minority Graduate Student Association, and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) are just a few of the many minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 120 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 19% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 15% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 120 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 38% Not sure
  • 20% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 121 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 120 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 121 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 53% Very accepting.

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