Diversity

Location
Jackson, MS
Undergrads
828
Tuition
$30,974
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Diversity: To Each Their Own – Diversity at Millsaps College is ever present each day you walk across the campus. Attending a small liberal arts school, the college attracts students of all racial, economic, political, religious and sexual backgrounds. The college has groups that represent all facets of a diverse student population and has annual festivals and programs that showcase, support, and allow students to explore all the different ethnicities and beliefs of the students that attend our college. Diversity is not shunned, but welcomed among all our students. Our administration encourages us to find, voice, and stand behind our backgrounds and beliefs and provide opportunities to do so.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many different races and religions at Millsaps despite it's Methodist title. The religion department is very accepting and interested in learning and teaching about all religions. I feel like almost every type of person can find a place at Millsaps

Niche User

Diversity: Everyone is very cliquish. There are different tables for black people, white people, and other. It's a self-sustained segregation, and everyone notices but nothing much really happens about it.

Niche User

Diversity: Most people will tell you that there is no diversity in Millsaps and in Jackson. The student body does overwhelmingly favor Caucasians and conservatives, but people do turn out for cultural interest meetings, Friday forums on subjects that are a bit unfamiliar, and awareness concerts. Millsaps hosted a number of movies for the Jewish Film Festival. Plus, Jackson has the International Museum of Muslim Culture. How many people do you think know that?

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Diversity: It's very deceptive to read the campus publications. The Purple and White just doesn't reflect the opinions of everyone else. They are too liberal for me to pick it up. They say they're interested in handing out some columns to different people, but that's just window-dressing. They always turn out to be caricatures.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Bryan Dupree
Hometown
Plaquemine, LA
Major
Political Science and French
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With such a small student body, diversity might seem an afterthought. The students here are generally Caucasian and from the upper-middle class. On the other hand, there are signs that minority groups are becoming better represented. An organization called the Multi-Cultural Association engages the many different cultural backgrounds on campus, staging the Multi-Cultural Festival each fall, which features diverse performances from square dancing to rap music to classical piano. The College newspaper, The Purple and White, also gives a voice to individuals on campus. Even if diversity is lacking, minority groups are nevertheless well-acknowledged. Minority organizations are gaining steam, holding forums for the entire community, and promoting the cultural qualities in a positive way.

One of the reasons that Millsaps is attractive to minority students and those from the working-class backgrounds is because of the school’s financial aid packages. The College generously funds non-traditional students, bridging the economic gaps between varied social statuses. As with many universities, however, costs have risen. If these trends continue, it is believed that campus diversity may decline.

Facts & Statistics

African American
9%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
3%
International
2%
Native American
1%
White
76%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
68%
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 11%
25+: 5%
Female Faculty
46%
Male Faculty
54%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Millsaps is a very open campus in many ways. Because of this, public displays of gay pride are rare. Students generally have a feeling of acceptance and therefore do not harbor the need to prove themselves.
Political Activity
While the majority of professors are liberal in their ideology (as with most of academia), the students are very well balanced. It is difficult to define the typical Millsaps student politically, because the spectrum is so broad. The Millsaps student may be defined as slightly to the left of the median, but this may be simply because the Democrats are more active on and off campus. Still, Republicans are encouraged to voice their opinions and have ample space and time for expression.
Economic Status
Most students at Millsaps are considered "well off" economically. Still, there are others who would be unable to afford Millsaps without the scholarships and federal aid.
Most Common Religions
Millsaps is a Methodist affiliated college. While the majority of students may not be Methodists, Christianity remains the dominant religion. That being said, there are students who are active and enthusiastic about other religions and value sets. For example, the Muslim Student Association maintains a prayer room, which is accessed only by those students and is used as an unofficial on-campus Mosque. Also, Jackson is the home of the International Museum of Muslim Cultures. The Hindu religion has a large presence on campus through efforts by the religious studies department, the Office of Multi-Cultural Affairs, and the Indian Association in Jackson.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Some underrepresented groups who have organizations on campus include Black Student Association, Muslim Student Association, and the Jewish Cultural Organization.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 60% Not sure
  • 20% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 0% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
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