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.