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Diversity: As a minority in campus, its pretty good. You'll fit in if you be yourself.

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Diversity: Most students are accepting but there is a small minority who are not as accepting. They usually stand out and it is not hard to avoid them.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone accepts people for who they are, as far as I've seen. No one treats you differently for being gay, black, Muslim, or poor.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The school makes a large point of being accepting of diversity, almost to the point of too much so.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is little to no racial diversity on campus. But, if there is any diversity it is completely accepted.


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Nearly 90 percent of the student population is white. Diversity is something that Allegheny students seem to want on campus, yet it is simply not the case. The College is very small and seems to attract mostly well-off Caucasians from Pittsburgh and Cleveland. There are people from around the country, but even they are rare. There are students of every race on campus, but they are truly a minority. In most classes, there might be one or two non-white students. Yet, despite their small numbers, minority groups on campus are very vocal. There is always some kind of event going on to celebrate a culture or to raise awareness and acceptance. The College faculty and administration are very supportive of these groups, as are the students.

There have been incidents where intolerance has been the subject of much debate, manifesting itself in angry editorials in The Campus newspaper and forum discussions in the Campus Center. The administration encourages the campus to continue the discussion and work through issues as a community.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 50%
20-21: 43%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a small gay community on campus, and there are a couple of student groups to support them-Allegheny Gay Pride (AGP) and Pride Alliance. Allegheny also has a special-interest house that functions as a "Safe Zone." The College is very accepting of its gay population, although it seems like there are always a few students who are intolerant bigots (it's certainly not the majority, though).
Political Activity
A majority of the student population would probably be classified as liberal, although there is a strong conservative population, as well. While most students have strong political views, only a small group is really outspoken. In general, it seems like campus is politically minded, but not necessarily politically active.
Economic Status
Students come from a wide variety of economic backgrounds (although the College does seem to be predominantly upper-middle class).
Most Common Religions
Most students are Christian, although many religions are practiced on campus. There are also several religious groups and special-interest houses, like the Hillel House, the Faith and Justice House, and the Lighthouse.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority groups on campus for African Americans (ABC), Asians (A5), and Latinos (Unión Latina). There are also groups on campus that support diversity in general (like the International House).

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 42 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 10% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 45 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 64% Liberal
  • 11% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 45 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 40 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 6 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 83% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 33% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 42 responses

  • 40% Very accepting.
  • 52% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.


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