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Diversity

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4 College Junior

Diversity: We have a very diverse community in our school and everyone is welcome.

1 College Junior

Diversity: Mostly single white kids just out of high school

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is not much diversity on campus, but the campus is very accepting of those who are in minorities. Many faculty members notice the small amount of diversity and urge students to adopt perspectives of minorities. We have activities around campus to gain awareness about their plights and do what we can to help them. Many of the faculty members have a rainbow triangle sticker on their doors to show their support for differences in sexual orientations. The school is religiously affiliated, and while some professors will enforce their views of religion, others are more understanding of differences in faith.

2 College Student

Diversity: We are not really diverse.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity of students on campus is extremely accepted. I have met a very diverse group of people while at Misericordia that has made me very cultured. The values of the students seem to be similar and peaceful. Not only are the students diverse, but the university brings speakers that are also culturally diverse to help us become cultured, understanding, and knowledgeable.

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Most students at Misericordia are white women, so it's easy to spot someone who is a minority on campus. Overall, few ethnic backgrounds and religions are represented. Misericordia is always trying to get more diverse students to come to the University, but it seems to be a constant letdown. Besides white students, other students are either African American or Asian American. While these two groups represent a small number on campus, they still fit in well with the rest of the student body.

The African American students on campus do stick closely together, though. They all sit together at lunch and are always seen on campus together. However, it's just by choice, as they do get along with all of the other students, as well. Basically, all minorities fit in with the student population, but students tend to mind their own business and choose not to ask questions about other students' differences and just accept them for who they are.

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
2%
International
0%
Native American
0%
White
95%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
31%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 42%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 15%
25+: 8%
Female Faculty
54%
Male Faculty
46%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 77%
Unknown: 15%
Gay Pride
Students at Misericordia are very accepting of the gay community. There are some GLBT students on campus, and they have no problems fitting in or getting involved in activities. About 5 percent of campus is GLBT, so Misericordia offers the Ally program, a support group for GLBT students started by the Dean of Students. The Ally program is very active on campus.
Political Activity
It's hard to really say what political party is more popular at Misericordia. There is definitely a split on campus between Democrats and Republicans, but people at Misericordia don't really discuss politics, unless in a government class.
Economic Status
Many students benefit from scholarships allocated by the University. Most students that come to Misericordia come from upper-class family backgrounds, while other students come to Misericordia based solely on financial aid. All students get along, though-no matter the economic background. The students mix so well that it is hard to actually tell their economic statuses.
Most Common Religions
Most students at Misericordia are Catholic because it is a Catholic institution. Misericordia doesn't push its Catholic identity onto other students, though. Taking religion courses is in the course requirements, but the school offers a wide variety of religions from which to study. Other major religions that students practice include Protestant and Judaism. However, students don't focus on the religious backgrounds of others and get along no matter the religion.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Multicultural Club is the main diversity club on campus. They throw events for students and the community, and the group is definitely one of the most involved clubs on campus, attracting many new members all of the time. The Multicultural Club is most famous for throwing a "Senior Prom," where they bring in senior citizens from a local nursing home and have a small dance for them with snacks and the company of students on campus.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% 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
  • 17% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 21% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 29% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 24 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 8% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 46% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 24 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 23 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 6 responses

  • 83% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 17% 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 6 responses

  • 67% Republican
  • 17% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 20% 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.
  • 0% 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 6 responses

  • 17% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 67% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 17% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 40% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 20% 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 25 responses

  • 76% Very accepting.
  • 20% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.

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