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5 College Senior

Diversity: Great diversity within this school everyone comes from different backgrounds which really contributes to a greater education and many different view points and experiences to contribute to each other

4 College Junior

Diversity: Very diverse and liberal campus; tend to be accepting of liberal/progressive people but can be a bit unaccepting of certain minorities (such as Muslims) or conservative students.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Accepting, but low diversity in race, high in religion, low in political beliefs and sexual orientation.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of different people from different places. Tons of new experiences and histories here.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse campus in a lot of ways, and most students are accepting of other views except politically it can get a little tense.

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AU has one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, with students from all 50 states and a very high international population. Students come from all different ethnic, family, and religious backgrounds. Very few students are awarded scholarships because AU is not overly generous with handing out financial aid packages. Although there are some students on full scholarships at AU, most students are from wealthy or middle-class families. 

The female population outweighs the male population, and there are a number of gay and lesbian students. The majority of girls at AU complains that there are not enough eligible guys to date. 

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
9%
International
8%
Native American
0%
White
55%
Unknown
11%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
98%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 18%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
46%
Male Faculty
54%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Two words: very accepting. The GLBTA Resource Center takes an active role in helping AU students find GLBTA-related volunteer, internship, and study abroad opportunities.
Political Activity
Known as the most politically active school in the country, AU boasts very active College Democrats, Libertarians, and Republicans, in addition to a myriad of special issue groups.
Economic Status
Though AU is certainly culturally diverse, most students are upper-middle class, with a significant population being much wealthier.
Most Common Religions
AU is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, but there is also a large Jewish population.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs on campus include: South Asian Student Association, Black Student Alliance, Muslim Student Association, and Latin American Student Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 94 responses

  • 18% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 128 responses

  • 43% Progressive/very liberal
  • 42% Liberal
  • 6% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 127 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 73 responses

  • 14% Republican
  • 60% Democratic
  • 16% Independent
  • 1% Other party not mentioned
  • 8% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 77% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 23% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 73 responses

  • 79% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 19% 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.
  • 1% 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 94 responses

  • 69% Very accepting.
  • 29% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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