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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: A&M gets a bad rep when it comes to diversity but I've always been treated like apart of the Aggie family. There has been one instance of intolerance i can think of and it came from one of the most hated organizations on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: I came from a smaller town that wasn't very diverse, but Texas A&M is extremely diverse and accepting of others. I have never seen someone excluded. If you attend A&M, you're family.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we, true to each other as Aggies can be. It doesn't matter where you're from or what you think. Aggies love and take care of Aggies. No matter what.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus isn't very diverse even though they claim to be. The majority are white people.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of diversity in beliefs but not in color or from where they're from.

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Some call College Station “Caucasian Station,” and the nickname is justified. A&M’s campus, and the surrounding area at large, is definitely dominated by white, middle-class, heterosexual, and conservative people. Of course, there are people on campus who don’t fit that description, but they aren’t nearly as visible. But while there is not a lot of diversity, the administration is aware of it and is taking steps to try to improve the situation. At the moment, there are many organizations on campus to raise awareness about and celebrate the diversity that does exist on campus. While these organizations may not be as strong as they could be, improvements will be made as time goes on, especially as more open-minded and diverse freshmen descend upon campus each year. In fact, maybe you could be one of them!

Most students realize the University is not very diverse, but there is little tension among students. People from almost every country and ethnicity can be found somewhere on campus, no matter how small their numbers may be. A&M feels like a family, and most Aggies are generally very welcoming toward everyone, regardless of ethnicity, economic status, sexual orientation, or religion.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
18%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
69%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
4%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Louisiana
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 22%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
32%
Male Faculty
68%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 8%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
A&M students are somewhat tolerant of the gay community. There are a couple groups for gay and lesbian Aggies, but they are definitely in the minority and are not highly visible on campus.
Political Activity
There are people from every political point of view on campus, but Republicans are definitely in the majority and are the most active on campus. This is a very conservative-minded town and school.
Economic Status
Most students here are middle class, but there are students here from every economic level.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is by far the most popular religion on campus. However, there are more than 70 religious organizations on campus, from Christian fraternities and sororities to other religious clubs like the Baha'i Club, Buddhist Student Organization, and a variety of different Muslim groups.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are about 60 minority organizations on campus, such as African American Student Coalition; African Students Association; Asian American Association; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Aggies; Hispanic Business Student Association; Indian Students Association; and the Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture. However, considering the immense size of campus, they are not all that visible.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 243 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 11% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 31% Conservative
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 415 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 4% Liberal
  • 12% Moderate
  • 49% Conservative
  • 19% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 418 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 269 responses

  • 40% Republican
  • 22% Democratic
  • 16% Independent
  • 5% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 190 responses

  • 27% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 57% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 13% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 3% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 269 responses

  • 24% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 55% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 18% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 3% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 243 responses

  • 42% Very accepting.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 5% It's hard to be a minority here.

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