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4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus has a decent number of exchange students, but even so, the school is mostly white. As far as I know the majority of the school is straight, but has nothing in particular against anyone who isn't. The ethnic minorities seem to mingly freely and independently with the white majority, with a few exceptions. There are Republican and Democrat- centered clubs (both pretty young). There are also several church groups, one specifically catholic, the rest not specified.The school is officially Presbyterian, but welcomes all faiths. There is an asian student's association, a black expressions club, an indian dance team, a country dance club, etc.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of people form different countries and different ethnicities. Mostly Christians but religion is not at all pushed here.

5 College Junior

Diversity: This college is a veritable melting pot of diverse peoples and cultures! Whoa! If you ever want a radically different viewpoint on life, all you have to do is stick your head out the window and ask! As a draqonqueer otherkin, I'm used to extreme discrimination, but I was surprised to find that I was mostly accepted; there were a few instances of oppression throughout the year, but it was a picnic compared to regular life. A+

3 College Junior

Diversity: Same races always become a group. This may be because of the groups that are oriented just for that race, or maybe it might be the conservative close minded people that decide to join these groups

5 College Senior

Diversity: I would not be the same person had I not attended Austin College. I grew up in a predominately white, small town in Texas and had never had friends of different races, religions, or cultures. My friend group here is EXTREMELY diverse in all aspects. My best friends are from China, Pakistan, Whales, India, Belgium, Europe. They are Muslim, Christian, Atheist. I have friends who are Gay or Bisexual. The diversity that this school has to offer is insane. It is incredible.

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The beacons for diversity on campus are the flags hanging in the cafeteria that represent the approximately 30 countries from which AC students hail. While the majority of students are white, middle class, and from Texas or Oklahoma, you will run into the occasional student from New York, Tennessee, Nigeria, or France. You may wonder, "Now, how did he or she end up in Sherman?" And the best part is that it's okay to ask. You see, while the student body is not necessarily diverse in the truest sense of the word, the people are overtly open-minded about all cultures and lifestyles. It's all about learning from one another in the AC family, and you shouldn't expect anything less from a campus that lives and breathes studying abroad, Jan Term experiences, and global outreach.

The AC community is a nurturing environment, no matter what group you're representing. Muslim students can remain close to their religion by connecting with their peers during Ramadan, and their Christian friends may even fast with them for a few days in support. Many gay students find the courage to "come out" when they arrive in the haven of AC. And if that's not enough for you, the president of this Presbyterian-affiliated college is a Jewish woman.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
14%
Hispanic
14%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
62%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
11%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Minnesota
  • Oklahoma
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 46%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 8%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 2%
Native American: 2%
White: 91%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Most students are accepting of their homosexual classmates. If anybody has a problem with homosexuality, he or she generally just ignores the gay students, aside from an under-the-breath comment here and there. In general, AC offers gay students a safe haven, and most students will go to bat for their gay colleagues.
Political Activity
There are representatives from all variants of political backgrounds at AC. The Young Democrats and Young Republicans groups on campus actively campaign for their own causes. While many may say there are more liberals on campus, the truth is that most students are relatively moderate. While they tend toward liberalism often, they generally like to steer down the middle path when it comes to politics.
Economic Status
Pretty much everybody at AC receives some form of scholarship or financial aid, so economic background is not a source of discrimination. While it may become evident in a group of friends who don't have as much money as others, everyone is generally respected and not looked down upon. Yes, the majority of students come from middle-class families, but it is not a factor in social group division.
Most Common Religions
AC is loosely affiliated with the Presbyterian church, and many students are Christian. However, there is also a large population of Muslim students, which is especially apparent during Ramadan. Religious awareness is promoted with celebrations offered by different religious groups throughout the year as educational experiences for other students.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of minority clubs at AC, and you'll find everything from Black Expressions to the Asian Student Association to the Indian Cultural Association. These organizations are extremely active on campus and host regular awareness events. Other students are open to the groups and take part in their campus-wide activities.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% 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 37 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 8% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 36 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 53% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 36 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 36 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 8 responses

  • 50% No
  • 12% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 25% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 12% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 38% Democratic
  • 38% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 25% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 8 responses

  • 62% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 12% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 12% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 12% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% 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 9 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 8 responses

  • 12% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 75% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 12% 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 39 responses

  • 59% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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