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Diversity: There are many diversity groups on campus, including LGBTQ groups. SRU is about building bridges and everyone being as one, getting people involved.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I was very accepted into the school around people and it was easy to get along with others.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are way more Caucasian people than African American, but everyone is very accepting one another and everyone is very nice.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: I think our school does a good job to work with LGBT population as well as all races

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is pretty accepting here.


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Slippery Rock has one of the top programs in Western Pennsylvania for international students and welcomes students and professors from every corner of the globe. Campus is not only multicultural, but it also offers classes and programs in diversity and women’s studies. The Black Action Society (BAS) is well-represented, as well as Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals, and Questioning (LGBTQ), a group supporting students of various sexualities, but many African American students say they wish for more historically black campus organizations. Many students agree that although SRU's population is infused with international culture, white, middle-class students make up the majority. Every color and creed is represented, but this is not to say that these separate groups always mix. Spoken tensions or hate crimes don’t exist, but certain groups stick together and resist interaction with others, which is most obvious in the dining halls, where student groups often segregate themselves into clumps. A relatively new organization, Building Bridges, was created in hopes of bridging the gaps between students of different backgrounds and has had a steady following and growth in membership since its creation.

Religious backgrounds are quite diverse, as the town of Slippery Rock is home to churches of various denominations. For a public university, campus is overflowing with Christian faith. Campus Crusade for Christ, an eclectic group of Christian students, always makes its presence felt. Unfortunately, other religions are overshadowed and venues for their worship are nonexistent. New programs and changes are always made, however, so your voice can always be heard if you wish it to be.


Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 37%
20-21: 39%
22-24: 18%
25+: 6%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 1%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Through Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ), students who are part of the gay community or support those in it can come together to support one another, educate others, and build connections with the University community. This fun group is responsible for yearly "drag shows," notable guest speakers, and other fun educational programs promoting awareness, diversity, understanding, and safe sex.
Political Activity
Most students and staff members are pretty liberal in their political views. Protests are occasionally held, and most students are usually passive toward political views. In general, SRU students are concerned but not outspoken. Those who are interested in politics usually share their passion with others by joining student political groups like the SRU Democrats or SRU Republicans.
Economic Status
Slippery Rock is made up of mostly students with middle-class backgrounds. There are, however, contingents of filthy rich and dirt poor students on campus, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Slippery Rock is home to at least 10 minority organizations, excluding religious organizations and historically black fraternities and sororities. These groups are run and directed by students and sponsored by a faculty mentor. The various groups sponsor events on campus and often bring in musicians, actors, writers, and artists of various backgrounds to perform and educate the University community as a whole. These organizations include Black Action Society, Blue Key Honor Society, Building Bridges, Brother 2 Brother, Gospel Choir, the Latino Student Organization, LGBTQ, Native American Student Association, Sister 2 Sister, and the UPB Cultural Diversity Committee.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?     Based on 10 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 49 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 10% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 29% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 47 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 13% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 40% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 48 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 47 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 10 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% 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 10 responses

  • 30% Republican
  • 20% Democratic
  • 10% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 40% I don't care about politics

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

  • 78% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 11% 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.
  • 11% 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 10 responses

  • 30% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 10% 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 9 responses

  • 22% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 56% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 22% 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

  • 57% Very accepting.
  • 40% 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.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.


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