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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are so many different cultures, races and ethnicities on campus and everyone is respected and accepted! I am Hispanic and I have such a diverse friend group and I love it.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Race: there's a decent mix, however it's still mostly white. People are accepting and tolerant, although there will always be rare cases of intolerance.

Political: it's the south, so there's a lot of conservative people, but I haven't noticed any political beliefs causing outright fights or discrimination, at least in my experience. People generally mind their own business and won't be rude. Its a college so there's a lot of young progressive intelligent people. I would say though it's majority republican due to being southern.

Religious: there's people of all religions but very much predominantly Christian.

Sexual orientation: there is a good LGBT community. I wish it was more present, though. People seem to be very accepting, and if they aren't they most likely aren't gonna say anything to you or make a scene.

Overall, the school is definitely majority white southern conservative straight Christians. But there's more of a mix than some other schools and people are accepting and tolerant. There's more and more clubs every year for POC, LGBT, etc. so definitely all students are welcome and I hope to see it become more diverse in the future.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: LSU has 30,000 students, so the diversity is evident.

5 College Junior

Diversity: i have friends who come from many different backgrounds and sexual orientation. My best friend has completely opposite religious and political beliefs. i think the student body is very tolerable

4 College Junior

Diversity: LSU is a fairly diverse campus--racially, economically, politically, sexually, etc. Most everyone is accepting, but there's always one or two people who are intolerant.

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Many years ago, there was this little thing called the Civil War. The South has thenceforth been known as a place filled with predominantly white males who do not really seem to care too much about other cultures. And even though the days of slavery and the Civil Rights Movement may be over, the South is still lacking in diversity. God bless LSU for trying, but the numbers don't lie. With nearly 80 percent of the population being white and the rest meagerly spread among other races, it's hard to say LSU is a diverse place, though the administration often touts it as so.

However, compared to the South in general, LSU is doing a much better job than other universities. The school is doing its best to promote the efforts of diversity. Student organizations and several University programs are helping to get the word out about people of differing cultures and give the campus a more congealed, melting-pot-like atmosphere. LSU has several international students, as well, which helps to expose students to people of other countries through their tenure at the University. Students of other cultures often meet others of the same background, start organizations based on their common bond, and try to get other people on campus informed about their ways of life. Despite low numbers in size, most other groups have a chance to have an equal voice in matters of the University. Many students of all races are trying to raise the flag of diversity and create a university that is better racially-distributed.

Facts & Statistics

African American
11%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
5%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
76%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
21%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 17%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
35%
Male Faculty
65%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
The campus gay community takes an active part in ensuring that other LSU students learn to be more accepting of the gay community. Spectrum unites those with alternative sexual preferences in a group to give students of varying sexual preferences a voice.
Political Activity
LSU is in the South, e.g., the "conservative heartland." Republicans dominate, and the College Republicans are known not only for their large number of students, but their great parties. However, the more liberal-minded aren't absent, and there are plenty of opportunities for people to share and spread their ideas.
Economic Status
LSU has students from every economic background. Students range from ├╝ber-wealthy to those working to pay their own way. Students tend to cluster around those with similar economic statuses.
Most Common Religions
There are a slew of Christian groups, and several churches are located on campus. Many students are active in the different Christian groups, such as the BCM (Baptist Collegiate Ministry) or Chapel on the Campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
LSU has a number of minority organizations from the Black Student Union to the Saudi Club. Most clubs are used mainly as an opportunity for students to meet those with common cultures and aren't governing clubs of campus.
Did You Know?
LSU has more than 300 different student organizations, allowing students an opportunity to get involved with people with similar interests.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 102 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 21% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 177 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 11% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 23% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 183 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 122 responses

  • 30% Republican
  • 30% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 16% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 91 responses

  • 30% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 10% 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 123 responses

  • 32% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 57% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 11% 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 102 responses

  • 34% Very accepting.
  • 56% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% 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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