Diversity

Location
Montreat, NC
Undergrads
421
Tuition
$22,784
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Diversity: haven't seen any problems related to racial or ethnic issues

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Montreat is a private Christian college but not everyone there is Christian. The school has a lot of international students as well as student from all over the US. Most of the students are accepting of others I am not really aware of the LGBT community but I am sure it is present. The cultural diversity is pretty obvious. There is a lot of different ethnicity and race diversity within the student body.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most everyone is Christian but not everyone. There are some gay couples and some very liberal people but overall it is a conservative college.

5 College Junior

Diversity: This college accepts people for who they are. They accept all ethnic backgrounds, economic backgrounds, political beliefs, religion, and sexual orientation.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: With only about 500 traditional students I would say that a large percentage are of the minority.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Imari Scarbrough
Hometown
Amberson
Major
English and Communications
Grad Year
2013
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Montreat College is very diverse, especially for such a small college. International students from Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, and many other places have called Montreat home. Though the demographic is primarily Caucasian, students of any ethnicity are eagerly welcomed and ushered into the community. Sexual diversity is less obvious; there are not many gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender students on campus, though the number has increased in the past couple of years. Although sexual orientation causes some conflict—primarily due to religious differences and interpretations—students generally agree to disagree. Because many Montreat students focus on philosophical and religious studies, differences in sexual orientation are sometimes debated and often discussed by those who are interested in philosophizing, though the discourse is by no means forced.

Overall, Montreat is a very eclectic environment to study in, with people from all walks of life becoming your classmates, dorm mates, and roommates. Since students come from such diverse backgrounds, the history and culture they bring with them often prove to be interesting facets in classroom debates, cultural studies, communication studies, and other academic activities. Outside of class, most students love to learn more about other cultural practices, beliefs, and new ways of thinking, regardless of whether they agree with it. Although disagreements do arise between students' various beliefs, especially where sexuality or religion is concerned, most students use their diverse living environments to learn and love, benefiting themselves and the College.

Facts & Statistics

African American
24%
Asian
0%
Hispanic
2%
International
2%
Native American
1%
White
65%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
39%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 19%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 8%
25+: 50%
Female Faculty
24%
Male Faculty
76%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 10%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Attitudes toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender students are generally accepting at Montreat, with most students getting along regardless of sexual orientation. Some controversy arises, mostly stemming from theological debates pertaining to sexual orientation, though it tends to remain localized with the same few students. Although there are not many GLBT students on campus, the number has increased in the past couple of years.
Political Activity
Most students at Montreat are quiet about their political views, though certain students are partial to animated dinnertime debates. While some students are publicly passionate about their political leanings, most students only mention their views if they come up in everyday conversation.
Economic Status
Economic status is rarely, if ever, used as a defining characteristic at Montreat. Students from all backgrounds go to Montreat, though most students are there thanks to loans, grants, work-study jobs, scholarships, and help from parents and other relatives. While many students work to get through school, others work for spending money; the distinction is not used as a mark or definition at all. Regardless of their economic status, students live together and work toward common goals, voiding any potential differences due to money.
Most Common Religions
The most common religion on campus by far is Christianity, though this contains several denominations ranging from Presbyterian to Orthodox. The campus has its fair share of agnostics and atheists, as well, though the campus is primarily Christian. Some local churches provide vans for students to travel to worship services. Because it is such a religious campus-and region-dinnertime conversations at some tables include passionate (though friendly) theological debates. Some non-Christian students have admitted to being very aware of the Christian environment and different lifestyle that the campus promotes. For the most part, there aren't religious and atheist "cliques," simply students living and studying together.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There aren't any minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure
  • 12% Very conservative
  • 53% Conservative
  • 12% Moderate
  • 18% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 24% Very conservative
  • 24% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 24% Not sure
  • 0% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 17 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 17 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 18 responses

  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 50% Very accepting.
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