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5 College Freshman

Diversity: BSC has a little bit of everyone and everywhere. The diversity on campus is wide and everyone gets along with everyone. There is a welcoming and accepting tone the minute you enter the campus. All the students and staff welcome anyone and everyone with open arms and it takes no time for you to feel at home.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a little bit of everyone on campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is a southern, Christian, Private school. All of this taken into account, it is mainly upper middle class and upper class southern white kids. However, for the kids that don't fall into that category, it is alright. It is a pretty accepting campus.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a definite lack of racial diversity at the school.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Many describe the campus as being very WASP-y, which is not inaccurate. The school has long been working to increase diversity, but it remains an area for growth.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 9%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 97%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Surprisingly, homosexuality on campus is not a hot-button issue. The gay community is so small or so quiet that it seems to slip under the radar. Nevertheless, there is at least one student organization on campus (ALLIES) which students can participate in.
Political Activity
The political scene at BSC is mostly conservative, in part because the school is located in a conservative region of the country. There are political clubs and meetings on campus, but most students tend to be unaware of or apathetic toward the politics around them.
Economic Status
Given that BSC is one of the more pricey schools in the state, the majority of students come from middle- to upper-class families, and there are few from lower-class backgrounds. There are always exceptions, but generally speaking, students at BSC receive scholarships to attend if their families cannot afford the initial costs.
Most Common Religions
Most religious activity on campus is from Christian denominations, simply because the school is United Methodist affiliated. There is weekly chapel and other events, but there are alternatives, such as the Muslim Student Association.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority clubs on campus, and all of them welcome multi-ethnicity involvement. Most of them have yearly events that get publicized, such as the Black Student Union's spring step show, and then regular meetings throughout the year that are open to everyone.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 13% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 0% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 15 responses

  • 20% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 14 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 13 responses

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

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 15 responses

  • 60% Very accepting.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
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