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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many people from all over that have specific beliefs and that are from new places. There are groups for every gender or sexual orientation.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: I moved here from Baltimore, MD, and it was practically a culture shock to move from such a liberal, diverse, and poor community. To me, everyone here seems rich, white, and Christian. I'm very accepting of other cultures and open to poking fun (in good taste) at others, and my friends from the area are so not used to seeing such openness that they believe I'm racist.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There's certainly plenty of racial and ethnic diversity, the LGBT community seems to be pretty open, and there certainly is a mixture of liberals and conservatives.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: A lot of different people everywhere.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Very diverse, people from all over the world.

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Florida State appears to strive towards diversity among the student body. Recent statistics show that FSU has seen minority enrollment increase over 30 percent in the last few years. In addition to financial assistance and aid programs for the economically challenged, the school also offers the CARE program to assist students in adjusting to the social and academic atmosphere. FSU also boasts a large number of international students, as well as over 250 student organizations. This broad range of representation will give students the opportunity to meet and hang out with people of a similar background and to intermingle with people from different backgrounds. Also, keep in mind that Florida A&M University, a predominately minority school, is only a few blocks away, which serves to deepen the ethnic and cultural diversity of the area. Most students agree that attending FSU is a great way to broaden your horizons and gain exposure to a variety of people and cultures.

Even though it is firmly situated in a conservative, government-oriented town, FSU has a diversity that is competitive with any institute of higher learning. Florida State is a model ethnic melting pot, with the student body being comprised of a large number of African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanic Americans. The school also has a number of ethnic-based student associations that offer a wide range of services and support. FSU is also open-minded enough to include a gay, bisexual, and transgendered student organization that not only offers camaraderie in a group setting, but also support for those in need and a proud and outspoken proponent on campus issues.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 21%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
While Florida State is in the south, both the FSU and the local community show a high degree of acceptance for alternative lifestyles and people with different types of sexual orientation. There have been no violent crimes against homosexuals in recent history. The University also hosts the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Student Union and SafeZone.
Political Activity
The most visible political activity on campus, other than student government, is usually activists protesting either real or perceived injustices. In the past, Florida State has had a mass camp-out on Landis Green that lasted over a month.
Economic Status
You’ll hear the usual complaints about “rich kids,” and more than a handful of students drive cars you know they didn’t pay for themselves. However, the economic status of the student body varies, and FSU does a good job of bringing in students from all walks of life.
Most Common Religions
FSU is mostly Christian, but many other religions are also represented. Many consider Tallahassee to be part of the Bible Belt, and the city plays host to a number of churches.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are quite a few organizations on campus that represent minorities and offer them a voice in student affairs. The list of organizations includes the African Student Association, the Chinese Student & Scholar Association, the Cuban American Student Association, and the South Asian Students Association.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 269 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 18% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 356 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 22% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 360 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 142 responses

  • 27% Republican
  • 30% Democratic
  • 25% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 15% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 93 responses

  • 38% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 58% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 142 responses

  • 41% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 52% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 1% 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 269 responses

  • 52% Very accepting.
  • 45% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.



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