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2 College Junior

Diversity: Very little diversity between students.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Elon's student body is over all mostly wealthy, white, and straight, with a lot of Catholics. I've had a hard time finding anyone genuinely unique/interesting.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Fairly diverse in terms of origin, sexual orientation, and political orientation. There's a stereotype that everyone here is rich,but that's not true. There is definitely some socioeconomic diversity, but not as much as I'd like to see; many people are upper middle class or high class, which can be frustrating at times if you're lower class. It's not that bad, though. Elon's #1 commitment right now is to get more diversity on campus, so they're really trying, and are getting there slowly! There are a ton of diverse cultural events and diversity conferences and the like. In terms of race, I'd say we are pretty diverse. There are a lot of white people, but a fair amount of african americans and asians, too.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is white, preppy, and from a high economic status

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Overwhelmingly white, upper class, northerners.

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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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 21 responses

  • 90% 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
  • 5% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 5% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 50 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 46% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 8% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 49 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 16% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 29% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 50 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 50 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 22 responses

  • 77% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 14% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 9% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 21 responses

  • 24% Republican
  • 48% Democratic
  • 24% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 5% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 21 responses

  • 90% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 5% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 5% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 22 responses

  • 36% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 59% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 5% 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 21 responses

  • 14% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 5% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 48% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 33% 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 50 responses

  • 34% Very accepting.
  • 58% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
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