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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is not that wide.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a diverse set of students and do a good job of accepting each other.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Most people associate with their peers and leave others alone. They don't judge if someone is different from them.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our campus is pretty diverse, but students could be a bit more accepting to others.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The majority of people here are very accepting of all kinds of people, but the one's who don't are very loud about it.

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Mercer is not the most diverse school you will encounter, especially considering its small-town feel and location in central Georgia. But, the University’s diversity has slowly been increasing in recent years, and there are many different ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds within the student body. However, most students tend to come from middle- or upper-class families and a majority of Mercerians are native Georgians with a religious background of the Protestant variety.

Regardless, the lack of diversity is counterbalanced by a general tolerance for people of all types. Mercer’s small population creates a difficult environment for intolerance because everyone knows everyone. Open bigotry or prejudice would hardly be overlooked in such a close-knit environment. Students from other areas of the country and international students make up a small percentage of the student body, but fortunately Mercerians are generally friendly, as befits a Southern school of a small size. What Mercer doesn’t have in diversity, the University makes up for with a welcoming environment for all.

Facts & Statistics

African American
37%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
3%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
44%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
16%
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 15%
20-21: 17%
22-24: 20%
25+: 48%
Female Faculty
44%
Male Faculty
56%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 10%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 79%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Mercer currently has a gay-straight alliance discussion forum called the Mercer Triangle Symposium, which was somewhat controversial when it formed a few years ago. There is not a huge or visible gay pride movement on campus, but there is really no hostility toward the group to speak of.
Political Activity
There are political clubs and a wide variety of differing opinions on campus, but political activity is not normally very visible.
Economic Status
The majority of students at Mercer receive scholarship money or aid of some kind, despite varying economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Baptists are the most visible religious group on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs on campus are fairly active on campus, often partaking in community service projects, fundraisers, and the like.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 62 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 27% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 88 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 28% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 90 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 44 responses

  • 18% Republican
  • 27% Democratic
  • 30% Independent
  • 5% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 37% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 51% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 6% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 44 responses

  • 32% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 55% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 9% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 5% 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 62 responses

  • 56% Very accepting.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
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