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3 College Freshman

Diversity: the people on campus that I have contact with is very accepting and it does not matter color, background or sexual orientation

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: MTSU has a very diverse population and I have never encountered discrimination.

4 College Senior

Diversity: MTSU is known for its diversity, I enjoy it. I enjoy hearing stories from students from other countries about their native land and culture.

4 College Senior

Diversity: MTSU does have a very diverse student body in terms of ethnic, racial, and cultural backgrounds; religious backgrounds; sexual orientations; political beliefs; and economic backgrounds. However, there is virtually no tolerance for deviation from the heteronormative, neurotypical, WASPy norm.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: MTSU is very culturally and ethnically diverse. Everyone is accepting of one another no matter what their background is.

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MTSU prides itself on its diversity. There have been no reported hate crimes, and the campus institutes a myriad of racial diversity activities. As you walk across campus, you might pass a person strumming a guitar under a tree, and on your other side, you may see a group playing music and rapping. You'll come across dozens of nationalities. In fact, there are students from more than 70 countries, and around 20 percent of attendees are minorities. The campus sponsors Hispanic, Native American, and Asian/Pacific Islander heritage months, to name a few, but the most recognized and participated in is African American Heritage Month. Workshops, displays, and speakers are available to all students. The University also has a high percentage of nontraditional students who are working parents or are adults returning for a degree. It is also a very accessible campus for people with disabilities. MTSU's Disabled Student Services offers assistance to people with physical and mental disabilities, such as blindness, hearing impairment, and learning disabilities.

According to past Student Affairs surveys, 60 percent of students said they have gained a better appreciation for other cultures, and 98 percent said they expected to make friends with students whose race or ethnicity is different from their own. However you look at it, the campus is a good slice of the real world.

Facts & Statistics

African American
19%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
4%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
68%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
6%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 26%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
45%
Male Faculty
55%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is 100 percent tolerance here. The gay community is not isolated and is seen throughout the campus community.
Political Activity
Political activity at MTSU is primarily liberal.
Economic Status
Most students are middle class and from the Tennessee area. Lower-income students have additional financial aid options that give them the resources needed to continue their education.
Most Common Religions
Catholic, Protestant
Minority Clubs on Campus
Lambda Theta Alpha (Latin sorority), Minority Graduate Student Association, and National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) are just a few of the many minority clubs on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 129 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 15% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 183 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 17% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 40% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 184 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 80 responses

  • 19% Republican
  • 40% Democratic
  • 14% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 24% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 60 responses

  • 38% 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.
  • 7% 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 81 responses

  • 36% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 56% 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.
  • 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 130 responses

  • 53% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% 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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