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5 College Senior

Diversity: I have met a great set of diverse people during my time here.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: The student population is extremely diverse in culture and beliefs and is also very accepting of these differences.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is a important part on campus. OSU isn't about just american students, but the entire world of students who want a degree in order to succeed their life's expectation. Everyone is different, either it be their sexuality, economic background, political beliefs, and religion. We are who we are, human beings with our own identities that make a change for the world.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very diverse but not much cultural intermingling

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5 College Senior

Diversity: There are students from all cultural backgrounds that attend the school.

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OSU students voice mixed feelings regarding diversity issues. The main population of the University is still overwhelmingly white, and though there has been a visible effort on the part of the school to increase this, there has been no drastic change in the number of minorities enrolled. Still, many feel that the changes necessary for creating a more diverse school are in the process of being made. In addition, recent articles in the Lantern (the student newspaper) have shown that, while there may be a significant minority population at OSU, most students tend to stay within their own cultural boundaries-the phenomenon of self-segregation.

The biggest drawback to OSU's student climate is a lack of racial diversity. Considering the school's Midwestern location, there is still a respectable number of cultures represented; however, this doesn't change the fact that minority students may feel like fish out of water, at times, in OSU's largely homogenous community. The redeeming factor is that there are many cultural clubs and organizations in the University, so minority students have a chance to meet each other and take better advantage of OSU's programs.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
3%
International
8%
Native American
0%
White
74%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
25%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 20%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 9%
Native American: 0%
White: 72%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
OSU has a number of gay/lesbian groups such as Fusion and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Student Services (GLBTSS). Columbus is an extremely open community with a large amount of gay and lesbian individuals. In fact, it is considered one of the five most permissive gay communities in America.
Political Activity
The campus definitely has a liberal leaning. When President George W. Bush gave the commencement speech at spring graduation in 2003, a group of students organized a protest. Every time the president would speak, they would turn their backs on him. Anti-war demonstrations are common, as well as peace rallies. A local newspaper, the Sentinel, is one of the few voices that speaks for conservatism.
Economic Status
Due to problems with the budget, the state of Ohio does not help much when it comes to paying for higher education. You will not find a lot of poor students at Ohio State, for the simple reason that they cannot afford it. Most students range from lower-middle-class to upper-class.
Most Common Religions
There are many different religious groups that are represented. Catholic, Protestant, Lutheran, Jewish, and Muslim beliefs are some of the more highly visible, though these are just a few of the total. Non-denominational Bible studies are commonplace on campus, and there is no official University religious affiliation. All official places of worship are off campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are various clubs in which any type of student can join. There is the All-Ethiopian Students Association, Turkish Student Association, the Hispanic Organization of Texas Students (HOTS), and numerous others. The Hale Center on South Campus is the African American Cultural Center. Check the union for information on other active minority clubs.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 184 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 10% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 278 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 31% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 282 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 139 responses

  • 22% Republican
  • 36% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 99 responses

  • 55% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 2% 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 139 responses

  • 56% 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.
  • 4% 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 183 responses

  • 59% Very accepting.
  • 35% 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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