Birmingham-Southern is not usually recognized as being a diverse institution. A closer look at the school, however, shows that there are plenty of people from all over the world who attend BSC. Most international kids come on scholarship to play sports. Even though there are very few of them, everyone is open to getting to know who they are, because they are novel people.
Historically, BSC has been an all-white school. Birmingham's history with the Civil Rights Movement leads some people to think that things have not changed here since the 1960s, but at BSC, the administration is always trying to reconcile the image of the past with the changing image of the future by encouraging speakers to come and hosting special events during Common Hour. Also, new programs, special scholarship funding, and a more rigorous recruitment process is attempting to increase minority enrollment. There are several minority clubs that any student can be a part of, so even though there are a small number of minorities, they tend to be active in the social and academic landscape. Students are also fairly tolerant of other religions and sexual preferences, and the incidence of hate crimes in the recent past is slim to none. The close-knit atmosphere of the school may fool people into thinking that students at BSC are closed-minded, but more often than not, that's not the case.