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5 College Junior

Diversity: We have a lot of clubs based on diversity and for all types of diversity.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I see most of the students at Concordia being white, Caucasians. There are a few African Americans, a few Asian, and a few other races represented, but the majority is definitely white.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Though Concordia is accepting of many folks from all different types of backgrounds, a lot of the students are Caucasian.

4 College Junior

Diversity: It could be more diverse, but it's more diverse than where I'm from.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: For being a small liberal arts college, there are quite a few opportunities to meet people different from yourself.


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A quick scan across the campus at any point during the day proves that there is an incredible lack of racial diversity on campus. However, props must be given to Concordia; the college has a well-respected international exchange program that many students partake in, but the majority of students on site are stereotypical Scandinavians. There are, however, somewhat noticeable ethnic groups, and they are incredibly involved with campus activities. In order to meet these unique and interesting people, participation in college activities is essential, or the level of diversity will seem nonexistent.

One aspect of diversity that is often highlighted at Concordia is that there is a relatively high homosexual population. Most students are extremely accepting and celebrate the differences in sexual preference. The overall diversity can be a bit of a problem, though, for students wishing to learn about other cultures from fellow students. Concordia has an amazing mission statement that attempts to engross the community in diversity awareness, but sometimes that type of learning is simply not the same as knowledge acquired in everyday life.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Montana
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 8%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 55%
Unknown: 37%
Gay Pride
There is an openly gay community, and most people are accepting and welcoming. Students go as far as devoting an entire week to "coming out" and being respectful to those who do so. This week includes various events, speakers, and general approval of the gay community.
Political Activity
Students are fairly involved with campus politics. There are groups for democrats and republicans as well as a campus conservative group. These groups hold debates that all students can attend.
Economic Status
The students at Concordia are integrated well. Most people need and appreciate the scholarships provided by Concordia and alumni. There is no segregation of students because most are middle class and backgrounds tend to be unimportant once people step inside the "Concordia bubble."
Most Common Religions
As a Lutheran-affiliated school, Concordia is home to a large population of Christians. There are many campus groups associated with Christianity, including ministry and Bible study groups.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs include African Student Union, Chinese Club, French Club, German Club, Russian Club, Scandinavian Association, Southern Sudan Awareness Group, Spanish Club, and Spanish Theatre Club.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 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 28 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 39% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 30 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 43% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 27 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 26 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 5 responses

  • 80% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 80% Democratic
  • 20% 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 5 responses

  • 40% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% 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 5 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 60% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 20% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 20% 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 28 responses

  • 68% Very accepting.
  • 29% 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.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
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