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3 College Junior

Diversity: I would say that Salisbury is an average mix of different people.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: I can't say much other than the typical "it's college." We expect people to experiment with everything from politics, religions, to sexual experiences. One of my friends is president of the LTGB community and they have no problems with students attacking them about their decisions or anything. We also have an atheist community, along with a strong catholic one. No one really bothers one another and if something happens on campus we all stand behind one another regardless of beliefs, or sexual orientation.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus has a good amount of diversity overall, but could be more diverse.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Salisbury is a diverse campus and has many organizations that cater to these minority groups. There is a group for everyone and many groups know no boundaries and accept everyone.

3 College Junior

Diversity: you see everything, which is a good thing.

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Salisbury is not an excessively diverse university. In fact, only about a fifth of the entire student body is made up of minorities. This statistic includes international, non-resident aliens that represent around 60 nations. The remainder of students on campus are white, middle-class students.

Despite the disproportionate student body, the minority population is certainly visible on campus. There is a walk of nations in the Commons displaying the flags of the nations to which students belong. Also, there is an entire week devoted to a Multicultural Festival that works to give the campus population a look into the many cultures of its students. Specifically, the festival focuses on art, music, food, and breaking prejudices. On the whole, while SU clearly has a way to go in the arena of campus diversity, it is also clear that much is being done to improve the situation.

Facts & Statistics

African American
12%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
4%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
75%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
24%
Common States of Residence
  • Delaware
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 42%
22-24: 18%
25+: 7%
Female Faculty
47%
Male Faculty
53%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 85%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
The gay community is visible on campus, though its presence is not omnipresent. There is one organization on campus, BT GLASS, that holds weekly meetings. Members are active in gay rights and form a support network for each other. For the most part, gay individuals are accepted by the Salisbury community with barely any opposition. There are individual exceptions to this, but for the most part, SU students are very open and accepting.
Political Activity
The political atmosphere at Salisbury tends to lean towards the conservative. However, this is not to say that liberalism is by any means overpowered. The College Republicans and Democrats are certainly very active on campus-spurring dialogue, taking part in rallies and elections, and staying informed on current political views and events.
Economic Status
Most students at Salisbury come from middle-class families. There are those that are more well-off and those that come from poorer families, but those class distinctions are not very visible. Furthermore, Salisbury plays host to students from a large variety of nations who are welcomed warmly by local students. In addition, most students benefit from financial assistance, whether it be in the form of scholarships, grants, or loans.
Most Common Religions
The most common religion on campus is Christianity, with Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) being one of the most visible organizations on campus. Next to them, Catholicism, with the Catholic Campus Ministry, and Judaism are most prevalent.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a few minority clubs on campus, such as the African Student Association and Muslim Student Association, but these clubs are barely visible on campus.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% 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 46 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 24% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 45 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 16% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 49% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 47 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 46 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 8 responses

  • 50% Republican
  • 12% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 38% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 8 responses

  • 100% 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.
  • 0% 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 9 responses

  • 56% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 44% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% 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 8 responses

  • 12% 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.
  • 38% 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 47 responses

  • 51% Very accepting.
  • 38% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.

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