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4 College Freshman

Diversity: a lot of diversity across campus

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Mostly people like me, but some that are different.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Great diversity. Hart hall is devoted to providing international students with a easy transition into college life in the states. Students off all ethnic backgrounds can be seen

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is very diverse. There is a whole dorm dedicated to people coming from other countries.

College Sophomore

Diversity: The school seems pretty accepting to students, and people shouldnt have a problem here.

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Students at SUNY Oswego come from various backgrounds and locations. There are more than 130 international students from about a dozen countries studying at Oswego. Hart Hall, the Global Living and Learning Center, houses the majority of international students as well as any other students who would like to experience a global community on campus. Every year, SUNY Oswego sends more than 400 of its own students abroad to England, France, Australia, and several other countries. Oswego has also started a program called Oswego Going Global, which started with the suggestion of a trip to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The goal of the trip included to develop a better understanding of problem-solving and international awareness. There are always scholarships offered through the University to make these trips more affordable for students.

SUNY Oswego offers an atmosphere where diversity is not only accepted, but also honored. Every year, SUNY Oswego hosts events such as the ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) Student Leadership Conference, which involves guest speakers, dinners, festivals, and a fashion show over the course of a week. The Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, Asian Student Association, and the Rainbow Alliance also put on several events throughout the school year.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
8%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
79%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
3%
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 42%
22-24: 20%
25+: 7%
Female Faculty
43%
Male Faculty
57%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 5%
Native American: 1%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
SUNY Oswego, for the most part, is very open to the gay community. Students are so accepting that a "Coming Out Day" was created by the Rainbow Alliance, in order to bring a better understanding to the University. On "Coming Out Day," SUNY Oswego students wear a T-shirt stating either "I am out and proud" or "I support equality."

Economic Status
Students come from all different economic backgrounds and that diversity can be seen sometimes. Overall, Oswego is a very balanced college in terms of representing students from wealthy backgrounds and those from working-class backgrounds. Students all have an equal chance of succeeding. There are various scholarships made available to the middle-class students, and financial aid can be very helpul when it comes to affording college.
Most Common Religions
SUNY Oswego religions are somewhat diverse. The University is made up of Christians, Jews, and Muslims, to name a few.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Black Student Union, Latino Student Union, and Asian Student Association are very well accepted, and students have the opportunity to come together through events such as the ALANA conference, as well.

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 56 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 56 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 39% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 57 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 56 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

  • 90% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 10% 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

  • 10% Republican
  • 0% Democratic
  • 30% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 60% I don't care about politics

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

  • 67% 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.
  • 11% 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

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 20% 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.
  • 10% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 10% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 50% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 40% 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 56 responses

  • 41% Very accepting.
  • 45% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% 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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