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3 College Senior

Diversity: Many ethnicities and religions are visible on campus

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: the campus has a variety of students from different background and all are excepted for who they are

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is not a lot of diversity on campus.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The only thing I've seen is one man preaching against homosexuals. However, he drew a large crowd of LGBT supporters. I joined them and it was nice to see people thinking progressively.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: We have so many international students and everyone is very accepting of others here. We have a fairly liberal student body, but everybody is encouraged to share their opinions.

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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
4%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
2%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
85%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
16%
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
38%
Male Faculty
62%
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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 121 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 199 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 16% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 35% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 203 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 117 responses

  • 19% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 26% Independent
  • 1% 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 92 responses

  • 59% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 34% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 117 responses

  • 56% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 38% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% 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 122 responses

  • 69% Very accepting.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% 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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