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Diversity

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Behrend has a great deal of international students, mostly Oriental. Once you break the language barrier most are pretty friendly. However, if you are from the Pittsburgh area, you are sure to find a decent amount of people from your area.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Not sure yet, that's why I said it's ok.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a plethora of diversity on campus.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone seems to accept one another.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity on campus is high. There are many different ethnic backgrounds and everyone seems to accept one another.

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Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
3%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
82%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
20%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 44%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 15%
25+: 6%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Although there are rarely obvious displays of homosexual relations on campus, the students here are fairly accepting and open-minded. The LGBT organization is very active. It usually travels to main campus each year for a Lavender Graduation Ceremony for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, and all who support them.
Political Activity
Penn State Behrend students are politically diverse. You will find some very strong conservative and liberals, as well as everything in between. Overall, the student body might be composed of a slightly higher percentage of conservatives, but the College Democrats group is extremely active on campus and has brought speakers like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama to campus in recent years. The College Republicans organization is also active but not quite as active as the College Democrats.
Economic Status
Behrend is a state-related university, so many students here are middle class. There are very few students who would be considered wealthy. For the most part, people mind their own business on this issue, and economic background has no bearing on the ability to find friends and be included.
Most Common Religions
Generally, most students here are either Catholic or Christian, and these are the only two types of services offered on campus. The Smith Chapel is very active in bringing in related speakers, organizing volunteer activities, and hosting discussions on religious topics. It also offers a "Soup at Noon" series, where free lunch is provided and ethical dilemmas are discussed.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 9 responses

  • 89% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 11% 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 29 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 11% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 54% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 30 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 29 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 9 responses

  • 89% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 11% 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 9 responses

  • 33% Republican
  • 22% Democratic
  • 11% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 33% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 9 responses

  • 56% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% 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.
  • 22% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 22% 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 10 responses

  • 20% 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.
  • 20% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 10% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 8 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 12% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 38% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 50% 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 29 responses

  • 52% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 7% 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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