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4 College Senior

Diversity: Truman has doubled the number of international students, and the LGBQT community has a safe network.

4 College Student

Diversity: We have everyone here, and (although some specific groups clash, as they always will, like the political groups) there are rarely ever any issues amongst different groups. Truman is diverse in the sectors of nationality, ethnicity, religion, political standards, sexual orientation, and professional interests, all of which are well represented by clubs.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a very diverse group of people and everyone is accepted.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There really isn't that much diversity on campus, at least ethnically. There are some foreign exchange students but that's about it.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Many students exchange students study here; however, it is a small town and still not as diverse as some larger cities. Still, most other students are accepting of ethnic, economic, religious, and sexual diversity.

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Every so often, a traveling preacher comes unwelcomed to Truman's campus and stands on the Quad, shouting about fire and brimstone and holding up posters proclaiming that gays, feminists, liberals, non-Americans, and non-Christians are going to hell. The furious conversations among students after such an event will assure even the most skeptical that Truman, despite its somewhat creamy appearance, is as accepting of differences—or more so—than the next college.

The international student population is very high for a small, public institution in the landlocked Midwest—a tribute to our state-of-the-art study abroad program, which has boosted Truman's international reputation. However, just because foreign students are here, it doesn't mean they have been immersed in American collegiate culture, so it's important to reach out and make them feel welcome. Sometimes birds of a feather tend to stick together. This is also true of some minority groups, though there are notable exceptions. Truman, like most other schools, is always trying to draw more minority students, and the University would certainly be open to a larger minority population. As the gay and transgender community has slowly become more vocal in the last decade, Truman students, faculty, and staff have shown a remarkable move toward cultural and lifestyle appreciation.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
7%
Native American
0%
White
80%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
23%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 42%
20-21: 42%
22-24: 14%
25+: 2%
Female Faculty
40%
Male Faculty
60%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 87%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
The campus is very accepting of gay, bisexual, and transgendered students. Nearly all tolerance activities, including an incredibly popular semiannual dance and drag show, go through an umbrella organization called PRISM. Students also celebrate National Coming Out Day.
Political Activity
It's difficult to determine whether Truman leans right or left. Universities are traditionally politically liberal, but as Truman is located in rural Missouri, conservatism is vocal, as well. Both parties are strongly represented, but there are more extracurricular groups dedicated to the aims of social liberalism.
Economic Status
All levels, but most students here are from rural or suburban middle-class families.
Most Common Religions
Catholic, Protestant
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs include: African Students Association, Association of Black Collegians, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, International Students Club, Namaste Nepal, PRISM, and Society for Sino-American Studies. There are also a number of traditionally African American fraternities and sororities.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 38 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 18% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

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

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 23% 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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 28 responses

  • 11% Republican
  • 32% Democratic
  • 29% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 29% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 80% 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.
  • 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 71% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 25% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 40 responses

  • 55% Very accepting.
  • 42% 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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