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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Auburn is not exactly the most diverse place in the world, but diversity is increasing dramatically. As diversity increases it is made noticeable how accepting the Auburn family is of other people. They are not harsh. Auburn actually hosts many events to make sure that everyone and anyone feels accepted.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is a white conservative Republican atmosphere on campus and in the surrounding city that makes the environment very insular and stifling. It seems that the only African Americans that get acceptance on campus are those who play football and men's basketball. Every other African American is seen as invisible unless they yell WAR EAGLE real loud or get too caught up in the Auburn "family.' The "family" concept is a good marketing tool to try to get people to get involved. It's like a "go along to get along/don't rock the boat" atmosphere instead of the stereotypical "friendly" atmosphere. Many African American alumni are just now starting to embrace Auburn.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Racial diversity is essentially non-existent. It's a giant ball of homogeneous white people. I'm frustrated at that lack of diversity, but what can one expect from Alabama? Further infuriating is the high affiliation with religious undertones and high republican gung-ho fervor. No one hates you for being liberal or a democrat, but it's not a significant proportion in Auburn let alone Alabama. I'm unsure of the campus view on sexual orientation. Being a democrat I see it as fine, but I'm unsure of what others think. I optimistically think they're respected, but I haven't seen a large amount of LGBT couples on campus. However regardless of these disadvantages, most people are accepting.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: A good mix of people

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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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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 85 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 9% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 33% Conservative
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 132 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 2% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 33% Conservative
  • 16% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 134 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 76 responses

  • 37% Republican
  • 32% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 1% Other party not mentioned
  • 11% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 27% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 45% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 22% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 6% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 76 responses

  • 21% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 29% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 8% 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 86 responses

  • 45% Very accepting.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.

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