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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: F&M is extremely divers when it comes to ethnic/racial diversity. Economically, there are a lot of extremely wealthy people at F&M and a lot of lower class people. There does not seem to be many students in between. There is a large campus divide between conservatives and liberals in terms of political beliefs. While the conservative presence is strong in comparison to other liberal arts colleges, the student body and professors are overwhelming very left and liberal. While F&M is not perfect, it is among the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country.

4 College Senior

Diversity: International students population is strong. Getting better with economic diversity.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diversity on school is not as great as it seems at first glance, however if you actually look there are many very diverse students-in origin, beliefs, orientation, etc.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's tough for international students the bridge the gap between their international circles and non-international students. The sexual orientation discussion is a frequent event at the women's center which is great!

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I think people accept diversity but not that people are super outspoken/passionate about it.

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Every other week, a forum called Race Matters is hosted by a sociology professor and a history professor, and pulls interested members of the campus community (of all races and ethnicities) to discuss current events as it relates to race. These discussions happen more frequently as the F&M community faces the racial tensions that face all Americans who want to live in a richer, more diverse community. Franklin & Marshall is facing its problems straight on, but facing them and healing them are two separate things entirely.

Thankfully, there have been few major racial incidents of late, and slurs that occur are always greeted with howls of dismay from all members of the campus community and official, rapid opprobrium from the powers that be. We can only hope that F&M’s efforts to widen horizons and open doors are paying off for its students.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 48%
20-21: 45%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 7%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The gay scene on campus is decent for a fairly conservative campus. The girls interact with Millersville University, a larger school nearby, more so than most other students, but that results in a large dating pool. The boys tend to gravitate to townies at the three local gay or gay-friendly clubs, but dating on campus isn’t unheard of. The LGBTA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and their Allies) is active. The LGBTA sponsors weekly discussion groups on a variety of topics, several movie nights per semester in the Allies Resource Center, and their lovely new TV/VCR/DVD player given by GALA, the Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association. Their major events are the National Coming Out Day in October and the National Day of Silence in April, one a day of celebration and the other is a day of protest. They garner several hundred signatures of support from the campus community at each event. During the Day of Silence, over a hundred students, faculty, staff, and administration participate or publicly demonstrate their support.
Political Activity
Political activity is booming on campus, and with the most recent election, everyone's opinion was known. Both Barack Obama and John McCain came to campus and all the students were invited to hear them speak. There is a strong mix of Republicans and Democrats on campus, and it would be hard to say which way the majority of students lean. Both the College Republicans and College Democrats have a large following at F&M, and students are committed to making a change locally and nationally.
Economic Status
Working-class students keep their heads down here at F&M, as the parking lot full of Beamers and Volvos will attest. Trust-fund Trixies and Trevors will find themselves right at home, however. The students at F&M tend to be sheltered, suburban, and well-to-do, although there are a number of students with broader experiences or less cash. But those latter keep a much lower profile. Public high school experiences are more common than private, however, and the upper-middles should be comfortable here, as well.
Most Common Religions
Judaism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Islam, Unitarian Universalist, Orthodox Christian, and Buddhist: we've got it all! Hillel House and a few campus Christian groups are the most active, although the Freethinkers, an agnostic/atheistic group, have a strong following, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs make a respectable showing here at F&M, collaborating extensively for major events, as well as their own, more personal weeks and months. Latino Heritage Month kicks things off in October, with daily events and speakers, closing with a heck off a party in the International House from Mi Gente Latina. The BSU hosts a Step Show every February, as part of Black History Month events. Sangam and the Asian Cultural Society host Diwali and Mabuhay, respectively—the most well-attended events on campus. Indian dancing and food attract what feels like the entire campus, and the International Club (I-Club) parties pull almost as heavy a crowd.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 41 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 37% Liberal
  • 12% Moderate
  • 27% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 41 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 41 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 9 responses

  • 22% Republican
  • 56% Democratic
  • 11% Independent
  • 11% 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 9 responses

  • 56% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 44% 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 41 responses

  • 39% Very accepting.
  • 54% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
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