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4 College Junior

Diversity: Even if some of the students do not accept ones diversity they tend to stay away and not cause problems.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people are accepting of others

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I think there's a decent amount of diversity. There are definitely a lot of white people, but I feel like there are a lot of international students for a small college in Ohio. I've never heard anyone have a problem with acceptance. Prejudice is pretty much non-existent.

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1 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a few international students at Denison and the international office is great, but the campus is quite visibly white. The cliques seem to be quite racially divided and the admin is attempting to resolve these issues, but to no avail. The typical white jock rules the social scene and is the most viewed figure on campus.

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2 College Senior

Diversity: Denison touts that it a diverse school, however the student body is very very white and wealthy. I really hated that the students segregate themselves so that the students who are of similar backgrounds all group together, making it really hard to become friends with someone different from you. There are a good number of racial minority and international students, but not enough to make much of a difference.

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While diversity may be hard to see at Denison sometimes, it is definitely something that is celebrated. In the past few years, Denison has attempted to foster a more diverse environment, and while they have succeeded, it is still a process that is taking place. Denison celebrates the differences, not only in race but also in political and religious beliefs, intellectuality, sexual orientation, economic status, and anything that makes a student unique. While there is somewhat a lack of minorities, most of the minority students blend in well, and racial problems are not common. Denison students have an amazing amount of respect for each other, despite social, racial, and cultural differences. There are several clubs and organizations for minorities, and homosexual students are not pressured to conform or to stay in the closet because of their lifestyles. Still, at the same time, student responses to diversity issues seem, at best, mixed and half-hearted. Some students are really active and engaged in creating a sense of diversity, but others feel it is not a serious problem that students of different races do not socialize with one another. Denison really wants its students to be more aware and passionate about diversity, and each student is required to take at least one course in minority or women's studies in their general education coursework. Denison offers a plethora of majors and classes that focus on the diversity of groups, like East Asian studies, black studies, queer studies, and women's studies.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 42%
20-21: 47%
22-24: 10%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 9%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
There are several gay organizations on campus, such as Outlook and Safe Zone. But for the most part, the organizations are quiet, and the gay scene blends into the rest of campus.
Political Activity
There are usually no political protests on Denison's campus, but politics definitely plays a role in defining Denison's atmosphere. There are organizations like the Denison Democrats and the Denison Republicans that people become a part of to be more active in this scene.
Economic Status
A lot of people complain about the rich kids on campus. And most of the students at Denison do come from economically well-off backgrounds. However, there are students at Denison from all kinds of economic backgrounds due to the incredible scholarships that Denison provides, making it affordable for all types of students.
Most Common Religions
The Open House is located on campus and serves as a place where anyone can go to celebrate and practice any religion. They also provide religious dialogues that people can attend and spiritual exercises, like yoga.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a number of minority clubs on campus, most notably La Fuerza Latina and DISA, the Denison International Student Association. Both DISA and La Fuerza Latina host events throughout the year, such as the DISA formal dance or fashion show. Denison also boasts a Black Student Union, although this group is very quiet. A lot of students are unaware of most of the minority clubs.
Did You Know?
  • Diversity @Denison is a publication that comes out every week and was created to better facilitate communication efforts among Denison's multicultural student groups and their leaders.
  • Some of the multicultural events celebrated at Denison are: Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Learning, Chinese New Year Celebration, Semana Latina: a week celebrating Hispanic Culture, Cultural Day: a student celebration with dress, exhibits, music and food, Cultural Fashion Show, Performing Cultural Arts Night, Diwali Festival of Lights, Eid-ul-Fitr, Muslim Feast Celebration Signifying the Conclusion of Ramadan, Gospel Choir Concerts, International Festival with martial arts, Jewish Fellowship, Italian folklore, and a Commemorative Rally for the Million Man/Woman Marches—just to name a few.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 36 responses

  • 22% Progressive/very liberal
  • 47% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 62% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 29 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

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 20% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 80% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 35 responses

  • 37% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 11% It's hard to be a minority here.


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