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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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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people are coming from wealthy families.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of the school is white and rich. You can tell by the clothes they wear and the way they cry over having to do their own laundry or how tiny their dorm closets are. I understand, though. LMU has a costly tuition, so they're willing to accept anyone that can afford it.

We also have an abundant amount of Asian international students. The international students tend to stick together and do their own thing.

Our school is not that diverse, but you will definitely find the group of people that is right for you. If you're an artsy hipster, there are flocks of them in the art school. You have your gym rat. You have your blonde sorority girls. You have your party Asians. You have your nonparty Asians. It's like Mean Girls, but college.

2 College Junior

Diversity: My school is a private school and due to the high cost of attendance, there is a certain economic status that makes up the majority of students.


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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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 67 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 66 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 69 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 69 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 75% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 25% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 11 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 27% Democratic
  • 18% Independent
  • 9% Other party not mentioned
  • 36% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 67% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 17% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 17% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 42% 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.
  • 25% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 17% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 58% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 17% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 67 responses

  • 63% Very accepting.
  • 31% 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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