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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is little racial diversity on campus, but there is a wide range of religious diversity.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: We all are very accepting of one another. There is not as much judging on campus as there was in High School. People are very loving and willing to accept all they encounter with some acceptations.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Whereas the minority groups are accepted and included, there are not very many of them. Because of this, I believe a lot of our students remain "in the dark" about the racial and issues of diversity in America today.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not a whole lot of diversity of campus. In the the parts that there are, the majority are normally very accepting.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Geneva seems to have a nice amount of diversity, but it is definitely not a defining characteristic of the school.

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Geneva offers financial incentives for minority students and boasts students from 35 states and nine nations, but nevertheless the school seems to have topped out at 15 percent African Americans and a mere handful of other ethnicities and internationals. Few Democratic or non-Protestant students populate the school. It’s tough to be Catholic because the school is so strongly Reformed, but a few are always around. The College intentionally enrolls a percentage of non-Christian students for diversity of opinion. The school prohibits flagrant homosexuality, but counseling services are offered to students struggling with unwanted tendencies, and other students are usually accepting of gay peers, if not of their homosexuality. It’s sort of an unofficial “don’t ask, don’t tell” situation. Minority status of any sort doesn’t seem to play into social acceptance much—if you’re here, you’re family.

Geneva strives for diversity, but its policies are not forceful enough to break the WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) mold. The Multiethnic Student Services office tries to fight back with diversity discussions and multicultural holidays, but it’s hampered by the College funneling resources to departments that help more students. There isn’t a strong minority population, so minorities aren’t drawn, and Geneva lacks or misdirects the resources to lure minority students financially. Unfortunately, part of Geneva’s diversity problem is inherent in the system. Geneva is a Reformed institution. Most Reformed families are white middle-class conservatives. Not all students are Reformed, but "like" attracts "like," and Geneva will have to try a lot harder to overcome that.

Facts & Statistics

African American
14%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
1%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
82%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
34%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 11%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
35%
Male Faculty
65%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 93%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is no gay activism or visible gay presence on campus. School policy forbids open homosexuality on religious grounds. Homosexuals can attend and graduate just fine-if they're willing to keep quiet about it.
Political Activity
Most students call themselves conservative. The rest are spread pretty evenly between liberal, moderate, and libertarian.
Economic Status
Most Geneva students are middle or upper-middle class, with a fair portion of students on either end of the scale. Geneva financial aid helps many low-income students attend, though it fails some students, as well.
Most Common Religions
At Geneva, more than three-fourths of the student population is Protestant, and several religious student groups are highly active on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The International Student Organization allies foreign students, missionary kids, and any other students adjusting to a new culture. The Black Student Organization is a close-knit group of African American students who support each other on a predominantly white campus. The Multiethnic Student Services office also offers support from the administrative side.
Did You Know?
  • Geneva offers three diversity-oriented classes: "Human Diversity," "Intercultural Communication," and "History of Modern Africa."
  • Geneva annually sends students to the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference (NCMSLC) for instruction and encouragement.
  • Multiethnic Student Services connects ethnic students to scholarships; several links are posted on the website.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 36 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 6% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 36% Conservative
  • 11% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 46 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 2% Liberal
  • 2% Moderate
  • 46% Conservative
  • 33% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 42 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
  • 8% Democratic
  • 46% Independent
  • 0% 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 11 responses

  • 18% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 36% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 27% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 18% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 7% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% 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.
  • 21% 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 37 responses

  • 30% Very accepting.
  • 51% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 19% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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