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5 College Senior

Diversity: Diversity here is a great thing! Rochester is accepting of all cultures, races, sexual orientations and etc. It's a Christian college, but anyone can attend.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have international students as well as students from pratically every ethnic and racial class. Everyone is equal and we all have a blast. It is so comfortable, that we can joke (in a very good way) about some student's food choices or verbage.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Rochester College has all types and age groups attending which makes the class interaction extremly benefical.

1 College Senior

Diversity: Cookie Cutter College – It seems to me that the majority of Rochester College consists of Christian white kids. There are the occasional black Christians & maybe a Catholic or two, but Rochester makes it really hard to openly identify as something other than the specific mold that is expected within the school. It's usually easy to tell who is fairly religious & who rejects anything to do with spirituality, but people are smart to keep their opinions to themselves.

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Diversity: In terms of the student body, most students at Rochester College are Caucasian. The most common racial/ethnic group after that are black/African American students. Other ethnicities can be seen. In the broader metropolitan area, people from Arabic, South Asian and East Asian backgrounds are common.

There is reportedly a significant minority of foreign-raised students, frequently within a context of RC's relationship with foreign-based ministries. Many of these students come from African, Asian and East European countries.


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The student body is mostly white, but there are students representing minorities. Among minority students, a significant contingent are international students. According to U.S. Census 2000 figures, racial demographics for the broader community of Rochester Hills are as follows. There were just under 70,000 people residing in Rochester. The city is about 90 percent white, 7 percent Asian, 2 percent black, less than 1 percent each Native American and Pacific Islander, 1 percent "multiracial," and 2 percent Hispanic (including other races). Just over 7 percent of the population of Rochester Hills were between the ages of 18 - 24, presumably including some traditional Rochester students.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 22%
22-24: 18%
25+: 31%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 0%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 100%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
As a matter of school policy, it is forbidden to discriminate on the basis of gender/sex orientation, and assaults on another person are forbidden. That said, taking into account the school's culture of traditional Christian-informed instruction and ethics, it is unknown whether any school-sanctioned LGBT student organizations exist on campus. Informal LGBT tolerance among the student body may vary.
Political Activity
There is a yearly overseas trip involving missionary work combined with scholarly study. Many among the student body have an interest in missionary work, and many of the faculty either have participated in it or currently participate at least part time. Other opportunities regarding missionary work are posted from time to time on bulletin boards.
Economic Status
There are students from an assortment of economic backgrounds who attend Rochester College. The immediate areas of Rochester Hills, Troy, and Auburn Hills are generally affluent. Rochester College is a private institution, so certain costs may be elevated compared to the nearby Oakland University. Some students, especially international students, may be attending on partial or full scholarship. Many of these students come from modest economic backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Rochester College is officially affiliated with the Church of Christ. Culturally, the most common religion practiced among the student body and faculty is Christianity. A weekly chapel service is mandatory for undergraduate students enrolled in the traditional program, and at least one class in religious/Bible studies is required before graduation for all majors.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Given the relatively small student body, it is unclear whether any minority population has reached the critical mass presumably necessary to initiate a minority-based club on campus. Such clubs may need the approval of school administrators to meet formally. Given the broader context of inclusive Christian fellowship encouraged by school faculty and administrators, it is unclear how such clubs may be perceived on campus.
Did You Know?
Rochester Hills was once called Avon Township, dating back to the 19th century founding of the immediate area.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 18 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 22% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 22% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 16 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 12% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 25% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 16 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 15 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 16 responses

  • 56% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
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