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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Mostly white people from the south.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I wouldn't say diversity is a big thing here... Most students are white upper middle class and Greek...

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although campus has people of all ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientations, minorities in these and other categories are forced to flock together because of the group culture on campus, making it difficult to find people who may be minorities in similar ways as you if you are not aligned with a group.

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2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: UA is not that diverse and the acceptance of differences (be that sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, race) is not anywhere it needs to be on this campus. Students who are considered outside the "norm" are not treated equally by fellow students and in some departments, but certainly not all. If you're a queer student, practice a religion other than Christianity, or are not Greek, UA can be a challenge. HOWEVER, there are several progressive groups and people on campus committed to bringing about a positive social change on campus. So, it's getting better, but way to slowly.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There really is not racial diversity like everyone thinks. Some problems arise occasionally, but it is mostly just students wanting to get attention.

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UA's student body is overwhelmingly white. If you're from a small town, UA may seem pretty diverse, but people from big cities will find it decidedly homogenous. However, UA does have an international department, which allows students to meet people with different nationalities, beliefs, and cultures. Students believe Alabama is pretty diverse for a Southern state, and a lot has changed over the years. The majority of the student body is made up of those with Southern backgrounds; perhaps this is why UA is full of Southern hospitality. The students here are always willing to learn and are open to meeting new people and experiencing new things, even if those people are few and far between.

Students today feel that racial and ethnic differences are not the problems they once were. UA is not separated by how much money students have, their color, or their beliefs. All students that come to Alabama come for the same reason-to learn. As the campus grows, so does the range of students that come to UA. For the most part, the students are accepting and have the opportunity to meet different kinds of people while being here.

Facts & Statistics

African American
12%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
3%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
55%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 18%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
42%
Male Faculty
58%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 83%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Queer-Straight Alliance organization is widely known around campus. However, the gay community is rather small and mostly quiet.
Political Activity
UA has five political organizations on campus, and the College Democrats and the College Republicans are among the most popular of them. During any state or national election, these organizations can usually be found handing out stickers and encouraging students to vote.
Economic Status
At UA, there are students from all economic backgrounds. Most of the students refer to the Greeks as the rich kids.
Most Common Religions
There are about 20 religious organizations at UA, and they are very active on campus. Most of the groups chalk the Quad to let students know about events they are holding.
Minority Clubs on Campus
UA has over 200 student organizations, so there are clubs for everyone. At UA, there are many minority clubs which sponsor events and throw parties. There are a number of African American fraternities and sororities on campus along with multicultural organizations. There are also many international clubs offered, since UA’s international program is so popular.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 39 responses

  • 87% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 13% 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 153 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 12% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 25% Conservative
  • 8% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 153 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 3% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 33% Conservative
  • 14% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 27% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 153 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 153 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 39 responses

  • 79% No
  • 3% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 5% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 5% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 39 responses

  • 38% Republican
  • 18% Democratic
  • 18% Independent
  • 5% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 39 responses

  • 77% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 13% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 5% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% 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 40 responses

  • 10% 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.
  • 28% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 8% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 39 responses

  • 28% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 23% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 15% 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 154 responses

  • 24% Very accepting.
  • 54% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 14% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 8% It's hard to be a minority here.

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