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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a range of people from all ethnicities, sexual orientation, etc., but the majority of people are rich, white and straight.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's not a diverse school in terms of race but everyone is very accepting and open to listening to other opinions.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are differng clubs and organizations for ethnic groups, however forms of racism still prevail on campus.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: As an Asian American male on campus, I can attest to the racism here, both indirect and direct. I have talked with my therapist at Student Psychological Services on campus. She used to work at other college campus and she told me how there is nothing like LMU in the country. It is such a unique school. On the surface, you think everything is perfect. I fell for it on my campus tour. It is a hostile environment and I have felt threatened because of my identity. Going to this school has made me more conscious of my racial identity. It's like looking through muddy water when it should be clear. You can't really describe it but you know something is there. I come from a city that is mostly white, so I'm used to being around lots of white people but it is different here. I have felt victimized. Racism is a topic that is thrown under the rug at this school. If you do not fall within the affluent and white category, please seriously consider if this school is a good fit for you. It certainly wasn't for me. And I am glad that I am transferring.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I feel like a lot of the student body comes from money, many are Catholic, most are liberal. Everyone's pretty accepting. I haven't witnessed any racism or mean acts towards homosexuals.

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The LMU community encompasses students from many states and countries. There are large Filipino and Hawaiian populations, along with a significant number of Latinos and African Americans. More importantly, these groups are very vocal in campus affairs. Each group has one or more clubs to represent its unique culture, interests, and history. Additionally, many clubs seek to unite the various ethnicities and establish dialogues. Groups like the Middle Eastern Club, De Colores, Soul Food, and others welcome all students into their memberships.

The University administration prides itself on creating this diverse, open campus. However, students disagree on whether or not the university is as diverse as the administration claims. The numbers show that Caucasians are still a strong majority on campus with 59 percent represented, while other ethnicities have less than 20 percent total. Many students feel that these numbers accurately reflect the racial breakdown of the campus. Regardless of the percentages, LMU offers students of every race, culture, and ethnicity a community on campus. The students, not the University, deserve the credit for improving the diversity on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
10%
Hispanic
22%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
50%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
26%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 21%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
44%
Male Faculty
56%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 9%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 73%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
While there is no active anti-gay sentiment on campus, this is a Catholic institution, and therefore there are certainly a number of people on campus who are not entirely accepting of alternative sexualities. There are, however, a couple of organizations on campus working to improve people’s attitudes regarding the GLBT community on campus.
Political Activity
Even though the school is Roman Catholic, the Jesuit mission of promoting social justice attracts many liberals. Most students are politically active, and both College Republicans and Young Democrats are visible presences. It is not unusual to see protests and memorials on campus, sponsored by the Center for Service and Action. Amnesty International and the Human Rights Coalition have a presence on campus. Whether you’re liberal, conservative, independent, or just apathetic, the school promotes participation in the political system with activities like voter registration, speakers, and protests.
Economic Status
There is a wide gulf between the “haves” and “have nots” on campus. Many students come from wealthy families, so expensive cars and clothes are the rule rather than the exception. However, for every new Mercedes in the parking lot, there are a few Toyotas. There does seem to be some tension between the upper- and middle-classes.
Most Common Religions
Most students are Roman Catholic and hail from parochial schools. However, the school supports other religions and cultures. There is a strong Jewish community on campus that hosts celebrations for Passover and other religious holidays. Also, there is a significant Muslim population, but there is no active organization. The Christian Life Community (CLC) is extremely active on campus and offers students religious, academic, and social support. Students view them as one big, happy family.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The students are a diverse bunch. Whatever your ethnicity or culture, there is an organization for you. De Colores, Black Student Union, and professional groups like Chicanos for Creative Medicine draw a lot of students.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 70 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 31% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 105 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 16% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 109 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 50 responses

  • 16% Republican
  • 44% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 26% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 39 responses

  • 56% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 33% 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 51 responses

  • 55% 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.
  • 14% 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 70 responses

  • 61% Very accepting.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% 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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