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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Auburn is very conservative and honestly not as diverse as many think. Minorities tend to keep to themselves due to the stand off nature that the majority sometimes give off. Keep in mind that racism is everywhere, but there are some closed mindedness among some of the students here. Don't let this deter you though, there are many open and healthy friendships between all races on campus.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Almost everyone is from the local area, and they all act and look pretty much the same

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is very prevalent on campus; however, I do not feel that you are treated differently or shunned because you are from another country, have different beliefs, or have a different sexual orientation.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: For the most part Auburn students are white, Christian, and southern. Other groups are however not silenced by this majority. Campus in general is a safe place. There is a club for any kind of support you might need.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: I live in the south. Alabama is a conservative state. There are not a tremendous number of outspoken liberal people here.

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Unfortunately, Auburn University is not the multicultural hub that some think it is. The majority of students are overwhelmingly white, with just a fraction of minorities. Don't let that intimidate you, though. Auburn students all claim to be right at home in Auburn and praise the efforts of the administration to help diversify the University.

AU offers many different organizations that cater to almost every type of person and background. Of course, there have been incidents in the past concerning racial and political issues. You should do thorough research on these issues before deciding on a school. Tensions between majority and minority groups are not frequent at all, but cases do arise sometimes. Auburn has a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, but as with any school, it's best to visit the school before making a decision to see if you think you'll be happy.

Facts & Statistics

African American
8%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
1%
Native American
1%
White
85%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
39%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 20%
25+: 8%
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Auburn has a few gay/lesbian clubs that will hold certain events, but Auburn's conservative atmosphere prevents them from having as large a presence as you might find at other schools.
Political Activity
The most prominent political groups on campus are the College Democrats and the College Republicans. Both groups are active and visible on campus. Check one or both out on the Concourse during special events.
Economic Status
Students' economic status ranges from lower- to upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Southern Baptist and Methodist are the most prominent religions on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Auburn Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Caucus, Bangladesh Student Organization, Black Student Union, Chinese Student Association, Indian Student Association, International Student Organization, Jewish Student Organization, Korean Student Association
Did You Know?
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs is located in the student center and is always open for student involvement.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 22 responses

  • 86% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 5% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 5% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 5% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 80 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 10% Liberal
  • 16% Moderate
  • 35% Conservative
  • 10% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 80 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 1% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 36% Conservative
  • 18% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 82 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 81 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 22 responses

  • 77% No
  • 5% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 18% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 22 responses

  • 45% Republican
  • 27% Democratic
  • 23% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 5% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 22 responses

  • 64% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 18% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 5% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 9% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 5% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 14% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 32% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 41% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 14% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 22 responses

  • 27% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 18% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 36% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 18% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 81 responses

  • 46% Very accepting.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 10% It's hard to be a minority here.

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