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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: I ranked it bad because of how Juniata presents Diversity and how students and Juniata handle the topic of Diverity.

Juniata is very big on Diversity. Very big about it. They are trying to get more diverse students. The school also tries to appear more diverse than what it is. Juniata is a liberal campus so if you have conservative views you probably should not voice your opinions...ever. Because students will jump on you and you will be judged.

There are more conservative students on campus than one will realize, they just learned not to voice their opinions as much as the liberal students. Because they really can't.

But if you happen to be a minority especially a racial minority Juniata will ADORE you. Basically, you can almost get away with anything. Academically and Socially. There has been many cases where minority students have been given more chances than students that are white. It's unfair.

If you visited the campus during a busy tour period you will notice colorful flags! These flags are one of the many jokes on campus. They only show up when there are a lot of prospect students, then they magically disapear when its just a normal day. Juniata likes to wear their diverse students as a shield or a shiny gold star but really the school isn't that diverse. It's in the middle of rural PA.

Honestly, go on Yik Yak, its an app. You will see how "diverse" this school really is. Basically, there is always a problem, if its not Black Lives Matter, its other campus wide problems.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is very accepting of each other.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are diversity discrepancies among different student groups and clubs based on personal bias - but the president is working to create support systems and open forums to better understand and manage the issue.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of diversity, they strive for it. Lots of liberal people here (liberal arts college). many different religions, ethnicites. There are a lot of LGBTQ people here and it is very accepted.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: One of the growing issues of concern at the school is diversity and balancing it in a liberal arts institution. The school has maintained an effort to resolve disagreements and the president is constantly engaging students on all levels in debates about diversity and its role here.

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Diversity is a touchy subject at Juniata, mainly because for all it's talked about on campus, there really isn't much. The school is overwhelmingly made up of white, middle-class suburbanites, and it shows everywhere except in the brochures. But the College's lack of diversity is not from lack of trying. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion works incredibly hard to bring more ethnic diversity to the school. The office has made good strides, and everyone constantly talks about the subject, but it's slow going. There's even less ethnic diversity in the area, and that doesn't help.

At the same time, Juniata does draw students with different religious and political backgrounds from all over the U.S. The majority is Christian and politically liberal, but you'll find a little of everything. The school also has a comparatively large international population, especially for a college in the boonies of Pennsylvania. Minority and international clubs are very active on campus, and mark different cultural holidays and traditions with celebrations. The international students do tend to stick together, but they're not exclusive. It's easy for students to immerse themselves in a cosmopolitan mindset if they have the desire to. When it comes down to it, Juniata's a very tolerant, open-minded, internationally-oriented campus. It just can't quite muster enough ethnic diversity to mirror its diversity of thought.

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: 2%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 5%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 92%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Juniata is a very tolerant and accepting campus, but aside from the club AWOL (All Ways of Loving), the gay community on campus is fairly quiet.
Political Activity
Many students at Juniata are political, and most of those who fall into that category are liberal. However, with the last presidential election, more conservative students began speaking up and making their presence known. Clubs represent both sides of the political spectrum on campus, but those who speak up about politics—and there are many—usually hail from the left.
Economic Status
You can find students from many different economic backgrounds at Juniata, but the majority hails from middle-class suburbia. This has both ups and downs—you won't find many snobs on campus, but at the same time, it doesn't help with the school's quest to improve diversity.
Most Common Religions
Juniata is affiliated in name with the Church of the Brethren, and Christianity is easily the predominant religion at Juniata, with several different clubs taking a significant role on campus. However, other religions are also represented, and the United Spiritual Community works to bring awareness of different faiths to campus. The Muslim Student Association is active, and there is a Hillel group on campus, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority and international clubs on campus, and all are very active, often working together to continue some of Juniata's finer traditions. Annual events such as Eid Dinner and the presentation of "The Vagina Monologues" are immensely popular, and the international clubs in particular regularly host dinners, film festivals, and immersion days for students with an interest in learning about other cultures.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 29 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 45 responses

  • 18% Progressive/very liberal
  • 58% Liberal
  • 11% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 45 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 30 responses

  • 23% Republican
  • 40% Democratic
  • 27% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 10% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 18 responses

  • 50% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 30 responses

  • 47% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 3% 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 30 responses

  • 47% Very accepting.
  • 40% 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.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.


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