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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Just bad overall, ethnically, economically, and geographically. Most people are white, upper middle class, and from the NorthEast. But with that said, I know Elon is working on this and recognize that it is a problem.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity has huge room for improvement, but they are trying. Besides ethnic and racial diversity, what is most lacking is socioeconomic diversity.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: No diversity and certainly no interaction between racial and economic groups. Faculty and staff want to change this, but students don't care.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There's not a lot of racial or ethnic diversity on campus but I'd say there's a pretty accepting community for students fo varying backgrounds.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Students at Elon on overall accepting, and diversity is something the school talks about and encourages a lot to its students. However, there is not much diversity on campus therefore it may be very hard to be a minority. Most students here are from wealthy, white families.

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One of Elon's definite weaknesses is its lack of diversity. In many of my classes we've discussed this issue, and both students and faculty are pressing for a more diverse school. While talking with some of my black friends, they voice their concern about the small amount of African Americans at Elon, and how it affects them as a part of the race. Sometimes a student will see a Hispanic or Indian student and make a joke like, "there walks diversity at Elon." Many students want higher diversity, and in the next few years, they might get it.

Elon's administration is aware of the University's cultural shortcomings, and how much they anger students. The admissions office has responded by creating a student ambassadors team, made up of minority students, to recruit high school students who are also minorities. These ambassadors also facilitate orientation weekends by having talks with minority students about opportunities for them on campus in minority clubs or sororities or fraternities. Furthermore, many students have voiced an opinion that admissions should try to go to areas that have diverse populations and promote Elon in the high schools there. Even though diversity is at a terrible low at Elon, there is indeed hope for a more diverse campus in the coming years.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
4%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
82%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
82%
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 40%
22-24: 8%
25+: 5%
Female Faculty
48%
Male Faculty
52%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a high level of acceptance of homosexuality at Elon. The University follows a policy of non-discrimination based on sexual orientation and also offers same-sex domestic partner benefits to staff members.
Political Activity
Political activity at Elon is moderate, and largely encouraged by the University. Elon often invites diverse speakers with various backgrounds and beliefs, understanding that students at Elon represent a wide variety of political views.
Economic Status
Elon is a private, southern university that breeds preppy students. Most students are of the upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Catholic, Baptist, Episcopalian, Methodist
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Cultural Society, Diversity Emerging Education Program, Elon's Finest, Elon University Gospel Choir, Intercultural Relations Club, Multicultural Leadership Roundtable, Multicultural Student Council, S.M.A.R.T. (Student Mentors Advising Rising Talent), Spectrum, Student Ambassadors Committee, Historically Black Sororities and Fraternities

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 58 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 45% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 70 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 26% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 71 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 42 responses

  • 24% Republican
  • 52% Democratic
  • 19% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 5% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 25% 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.
  • 15% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 30% 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.
  • 9% 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 57 responses

  • 33% Very accepting.
  • 54% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 5% It's hard to be a minority here.
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