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5 College Senior

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

4 College Freshman

Diversity: If you come from a small prominently white farm town like I do, then OSU is going to be a huge culture shock. I love all the diversity. But talking to a lot of students from places like New York City, Dallas, Columbus, San Francisco, and Chicago OSU isn't very diverse. There may be a lot of different races on campus but it is still divided. There is mostly asians and whites. typically, whites hang out with whites, asians with asians, and blacks with blacks/latinos. I try my best to go out of my normal friend group and hang out with other people as much as possible, which has become an amazing experience for me and opened my eyes to so many different things.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot more diversity than at my high school, but it still seems like big demographics of mainly white and black people, and most students seem to have parents that are well off.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's plenty of diversity on campus. My friend group has people from all walks of life.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly middle class white people

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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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 40 responses

  • 92% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 5% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 2% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 179 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 11% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 179 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 31% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 183 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 183 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 40 responses

  • 78% No
  • 8% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 12% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 2% 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 40 responses

  • 22% Republican
  • 30% Democratic
  • 10% Independent
  • 5% Other party not mentioned
  • 32% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 39 responses

  • 72% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 10% 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.
  • 15% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% 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 40 responses

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 32% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 39 responses

  • 15% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 18% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 33% 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 178 responses

  • 58% 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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