Diversity

Location
Athens, OH
Undergrads
16,862
Tuition (in-state)
$19,246 ($10,282)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Student

Diversity: Like many other large state schools, Ohio isn't the most diverse. With most students coming from Ohio, the racial breakdown of the school is mostly white, and the students are mostly Christian. That being said, Ohio does have a fairly substantial international community, and if you're looking to meet people from a very different background it's not hard to do if you look in the right places. Also, being close to Appalachia, students at OU are exposed to a decent range of socioeconomic backgrounds, without even noticing it at times.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I have not really experienced problems with diversity. Everyone typically keeps to their own kind though, not frowned upon if not.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most of the diversity is within ethnicity, races, religions, and national heritage.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Athens is a very liberal town and therefore very open to LGBT community. Athens isn't very racially diverse. Outside of the city, the county has a really high impoverished population.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: many different people on campus

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Nash Bober
Hometown
Berlin Heights, Ohio
Major
Management information systems/Marketing
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Students seem to be split on the diversity issue at OU. It's true that OU may be a lot more diverse than other campuses, especially ones in rural Ohio, but when it comes down to it, most students feel that diversity is a weak point of the University. There is a huge gap between the population of whites and minorities, which the University is hoping to improve, especially with the election of a minority president.

One good thing about the campus, when it comes to diversity, is the influx of students studying from abroad. Many students from all over the world come to OU to study, bringing their language and culture into the classrooms. It's a great experience to share a class with someone studying abroad-definitely take the opportunity to ask questions and learn about their lives as students in another country. But, international students alone cannot make up for the lack of minorities, whether religious or racial, in the student population. The campus is open to sexual and political minorities, though.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
2%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
83%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
16%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 8%
Native American: 1%
White: 76%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Ohio University has a somewhat visible gay, lesbian, and transgender community. Marches, benefits, and events take place throughout the year, and there are also gay, lesbian, and transgender organizations, including Open Doors and Swarm of Dykes. Learn more by calling the Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Students at (740) 593-0239 or visit the Web site www.ohiou.edu/lgbt. There is also a project, The Safe Zone, which works to increase awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Safe Zone consists of a two-hour training session and is open to anyone in the Ohio University community.
Political Activity
There are a few political groups on campus, including the College Democrats, the OU College Republicans Club, and the Ohio University Libertarians, as well as groups that focus on the OU Student Senate.
Economic Status
When it comes to economic status at OU, it’s basically the only area where diversity kicks in. You’ll meet students who receive a steady allowance from their rich daddies, as well as students from far away slums and tenament buildings.
Most Common Religions
Though the majority of OU students are Christian, there are many clubs, organizations, and places of worship for a variety of faiths. Religious organizations include L.I.G.H.T. (Living in God’s Holy Truth), Hillel Jewish Student Programs, Jehovah’s Witnesses at Ohio University, and the Christian Science Organization. There are 22 campus ministries, which include Baptist, Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon, Unitarian, and Jehovah’s Witness faiths, as well as non-denominational places of worship.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are currently 29 registered multicultural student organizations, including Black Graduate Council, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Muslim Students Association, Chinese Student Association, La Unidad Latina, Minority Affairs—Student Senate, Indian Students Association, Native Peoples Awareness Coalition, and Unified Sisters. For the complete list and organization descriptions, visit www.ohiou.edu/mcp/org.htm.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 100 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 19% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 27% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 100 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 22% Moderate
  • 25% Not sure
  • 42% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 99 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 99 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 101 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 29% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 68% Very accepting.

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