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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is some diversity. Everyone is friendly.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a diversity of Hispanics, African Americans, and Causcasians. However, it is a very religious school. Most of the people here are Republican, Catholic, and identify as straight as far as I know. There are some exceptions, but not too many.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Religion- Relatively no diversity. If you aren't Catholic, you're Christian. I wouldn't consider it problematic if you aren't, the school just doesn't attract other religions.

Politics- Mainly conservative. As expected.

Economic background- I'd say pretty diverse.

Sexual Orientation- Straight. Few exceptions.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty much everyone accepts everyone

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Diverse people are accepted and people of racial minorities is fairly common. It is difficult to find religious minorities because this is a Catholic University. Most people are Catholic but people in the minority are still accepted.


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In terms of religious diversity, nearly all Ave Maria students are Catholic. This doesn’t mean students are closed-minded or intolerant; it’s just a simple fact that most students here have been brought up in Catholic families and schools. From a political aspect, most Ave Maria students are conservative, though there are many who are either relatively indifferent or something other than conservative. Ethnically speaking, the University is somewhat diverse; the student body is predominantly white with a number of Hispanic students and a minority of African American, Asian, and other ethnic groups. In regards to economic standing, there are students who fall on every part of the financial spectrum.

On the whole, the University may not be as diverse as others, but it isn’t due to any reason in particular. The student community is friendly regardless of differences, and they all get along well, including students who differ in ethnicity, religion, or political views.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 18%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 94%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There are no campus groups for GLBT students. This isn't to say students and faculty wouldn't be accepting of those who aren't straight, but there isn't much variety in that regard.
Political Activity
The majority of students at Ave Maria are conservative, although there is a decent number of students who are either disinterested in politics, left-oriented, or moderate. There is a Republican club at Ave Maria that is fairly active in trying to make students aware of the goings-on of the Republican Party, as well as increase participation in voting during elections.
Economic Status
Most AMU students receive scholarships for sports or academics, so there are students from all classes. There aren't really any labels in the student body, so students from every social class are friendly with one another.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism is no doubt the most common religion here. There may be a few students here or there who are more or less indifferent to religion or practice something other than Catholicism, but the large majority of the student body is Catholic.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The only club for minority students on campus is International Students, which is geared toward uniting foreign and U.S. students to create a more unified and coherent student body. Other than IS, there are no minority clubs.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 0% Liberal
  • 7% Moderate
  • 29% Conservative
  • 29% Very conservative
  • 36% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 18 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 6% Liberal
  • 0% Moderate
  • 22% Conservative
  • 72% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 16 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 7 responses

  • 100% Republican
  • 0% 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 7 responses

  • 29% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% 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.
  • 71% 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 15 responses

  • 20% Very accepting.
  • 67% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 13% 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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