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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The greatest thing about Oglethorpe is the high diversity rate

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The most you'll see in any real discourse on campus, politically, is the rare occurrence of a rally or people on YikYak. On YikYak, you'll find some that you wonder how they ended up coming to something that's labeled as a liberal arts college, being as conservative as they are.

4 College Senior

Diversity: This campus is very diverse and it is so amazing to see how welcoming the student body is.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: the EF students cause so problems because they aren't always treated the same and have more lenient rules.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is one of the things that drew me to this school.

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While many Oglethorpe students are white, Christian heterosexuals, they are by no means an accurate depiction of OU's diversity. There are people of various backgrounds and religions, and none of them face discrimination for their beliefs or heritage. There are lots of transfer students from out of state, and even a few from out of the country. This mixture of nationalities and ethnicities provides students with an enriching experience.

There are several clubs aimed at connecting diverse students with different religions, sexual preferences, and political leanings. All provide students with a new understanding and respect for areas that they might not know much about. Unfortunately, although students will respect anyone who differs from them, they tend to hang out with the ones who are similar. The school provides students the chance to interact with diverse people, but the students don't always take it.

Facts & Statistics

African American
20%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
8%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
36%
Unknown
25%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
41%
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 3%
18-19: 45%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 10%
25+: 9%
Female Faculty
31%
Male Faculty
69%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 89%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Sexual orientation is something to be proud of, not debased, at Oglethorpe. There is a generally accepting (if not encouraging) atmosphere toward students who wish to embrace their homosexuality; gay, bisexual, transexual, and straight students alike are offered the chance to join OUtlet, our schools LGBT club. Club members plan and execute events concerning gay pride, such as participation in the Gay Pride Parade and an annual Drag Show for anyone who wants to dress up and have a good time.
Political Activity
While most students would describe Oglethorpe as having a democratic leaning, it is much more diverse than that; several students consider themselves Conservative, while a few even say that they're Communist. So, while a great deal of the political views can be called liberal, students have the liberty of identifying with whatever politics they'd like to.
Economic Status
Economic status is somewhat diverse, but not noticeably so. It only becomes a real issue when students want to go places and can't afford it, or when finals come around and students start worrying about whether or not they'll keep their scholarships.
Most Common Religions
The most common religion at Oglethorpe would either be Protestant or agnostic, but there are many others. Jewish, Muslim, and Catholic are all visible as well, and houses of worship for all religions can be found within the city. No religion is discriminated against, but rather students try to learn about the different religions. There are courses, clubs, and even seminars dealing with different beliefs; all are informative, none judgmental.
Minority Clubs on Campus
From the Black Student Caucus to the Jewish Student Union, minority clubs are everywhere. Events are thrown by club members to celebrate heritage and traditions. Princeton Review ranked OU in the Top 20 for schools with the best race/class interaction.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 23 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 9% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 34 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 44% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 35 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 19 responses

  • 16% Republican
  • 37% Democratic
  • 26% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 15 responses

  • 60% 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.
  • 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 20 responses

  • 55% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 5% 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 23 responses

  • 74% Very accepting.
  • 22% 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.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
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