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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity could definitely be better but more than a thought from athletic teams.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: If we are talking economically, our campus is very diverse. The only way a student can be at Furman is either through financial aid or through rich family donations to the campus. Our political beliefs are diverse but they tend to be more left than right but not quite liberal. Sexual orientation is fairly average, but since the campus is located in the bible belt it is more Christian (it was a all women Christian school at one point).

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus in all areas.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Campus is not very diverse. Some students have different opinions, but are often afraid to speak up.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Majority are affluent, sheltered, white, and religious. However, I do believe the student body is relatively open-minded when it comes to most things.

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Clearly the numbers speak for themselves. Furman is not
a diverse place. The administration would desperately like to attract a more diverse student body, and hopefully this will happen in the future. It is true that Furman is more diverse than it used to be, but the student population is still about 90 pecent white. Of course, many of these students come from various geographical and ideological backgrounds, but whatever diversity Furman has is difficult to see just by looking.

Although Furman's professors are dedicated to educating their students on the diverse world beyond Furman, they are immersed in a homogeneous environment. Students would be glad to add more diversity to the student body, but upper-middle-class white kids just keep showing up.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
81%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
74%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 46%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 8%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 3%
Native American: 1%
White: 87%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Furman's (openly) gay community is small; however there are organizations such as FLAG (Friends of Lesbians and Gays) whose presence on campus is remarkably visible.
Political Activity
Although Furman has a reputation for having an extremely conservative student body, there is actually a healthy amount of ideological diversity. Many are outspoken about their political views, while a good portion seems to remain politically apathetic.
Economic Status
True to its country-club atmosphere, most students are upper-middle-class. Although many students help pay for their education through financial aid, most seem to easily support their country-club lifestyles.
Most Common Religions
Most religious groups on campus are some variation of Christianity.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Furman has several minority organizations on campus, especially considering its small percentage of minorities. They achieve a fairly visible role on campus by sponsoring various events and parties, and members don't have to be minority or international students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 31 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 26% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 34 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 38% Conservative
  • 15% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 3% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 34 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 13 responses

  • 31% Republican
  • 38% Democratic
  • 23% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 8% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 7 responses

  • 43% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 29% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 29% 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 13 responses

  • 31% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 31% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 38% 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 31 responses

  • 29% Very accepting.
  • 52% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 10% It's hard to be a minority here.
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