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2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It's really not that diverse. There are more international students on campus than African Americans. The international students tend to stick to themselves, but I've found that if you reach out, they are very friendly and would love to have more American friends.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Ohio University is an extremely diverse campus just my friends aren't that diverse.

4 College Senior

Diversity: I love that the campus is very diverse and enlightening

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The thing about Ohio University that I noticed the first time I visited was that it was equally diverse. Most of the campus is made up of Asians/Chinese and whites, but I have seen quite a few of other ethnicities. I don't think it's very diverse on the religion or sexual orientation aspect, however.

4 College Junior

Diversity: there are many organizations that include multiple diverse groups of people


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Students seem to be split on the diversity issue at OU. It's true that OU may be a lot more diverse than other campuses, especially ones in rural Ohio, but when it comes down to it, most students feel that diversity is a weak point of the University. There is a huge gap between the population of whites and minorities, which the University is hoping to improve, especially with the election of a minority president.

One good thing about the campus, when it comes to diversity, is the influx of students studying from abroad. Many students from all over the world come to OU to study, bringing their language and culture into the classrooms. It's a great experience to share a class with someone studying abroad-definitely take the opportunity to ask questions and learn about their lives as students in another country. But, international students alone cannot make up for the lack of minorities, whether religious or racial, in the student population. The campus is open to sexual and political minorities, though.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 8%
Native American: 1%
White: 76%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Ohio University has a somewhat visible gay, lesbian, and transgender community. Marches, benefits, and events take place throughout the year, and there are also gay, lesbian, and transgender organizations, including Open Doors and Swarm of Dykes. Learn more by calling the Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Students at (740) 593-0239 or visit the Web site www.ohiou.edu/lgbt. There is also a project, The Safe Zone, which works to increase awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues. Safe Zone consists of a two-hour training session and is open to anyone in the Ohio University community.
Political Activity
There are a few political groups on campus, including the College Democrats, the OU College Republicans Club, and the Ohio University Libertarians, as well as groups that focus on the OU Student Senate.
Economic Status
When it comes to economic status at OU, it’s basically the only area where diversity kicks in. You’ll meet students who receive a steady allowance from their rich daddies, as well as students from far away slums and tenament buildings.
Most Common Religions
Though the majority of OU students are Christian, there are many clubs, organizations, and places of worship for a variety of faiths. Religious organizations include L.I.G.H.T. (Living in God’s Holy Truth), Hillel Jewish Student Programs, Jehovah’s Witnesses at Ohio University, and the Christian Science Organization. There are 22 campus ministries, which include Baptist, Catholic, Islamic, Jewish, Mormon, Unitarian, and Jehovah’s Witness faiths, as well as non-denominational places of worship.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are currently 29 registered multicultural student organizations, including Black Graduate Council, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Muslim Students Association, Chinese Student Association, La Unidad Latina, Minority Affairs—Student Senate, Indian Students Association, Native Peoples Awareness Coalition, and Unified Sisters. For the complete list and organization descriptions, visit www.ohiou.edu/mcp/org.htm.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 24 responses

  • 88% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 4% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 8% 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 106 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 105 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 42% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 109 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 108 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 24 responses

  • 79% No
  • 4% 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 24 responses

  • 25% Republican
  • 21% Democratic
  • 21% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 29% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 24 responses

  • 75% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 17% 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.
  • 8% 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 24 responses

  • 46% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 24 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 25% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 25% 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 107 responses

  • 68% Very accepting.
  • 28% 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.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.



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