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5 College Freshman

Diversity: When I meet someone, we just automatically treat each other with respect and smile. People so far are very accepting.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It's a college town so there is quite a bit of diversity but the tolerance of it is so-so. Some are accepting, others not so much. With 40,000 people its hard to develop an accurate blend.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: OK EVERYONE WHO IS NERVOUS ABOUT THE DIVERSITY LISTEN TO ME. I was ANTI- uga for the longest because I was for sure everyone was white, rich, conservative, and close-minded. I was being closed minded myself. As a woman of color, I was soooo worried about going here. But listen....I am so happy I chose this University. From now on when i say 'everyone', I am referring to 90% of the student body. First, everyone is brilliant. Every loves to have a good time while maintaining crazy good grades..I see all kinds of people on campus. I have made so many friends who have really insightful and meaningful opinions. If you are scared about it being a "boring white school" please stop. I want to shout from a rooftop about how open minded the people I've met here have been. Oh and warning, most professors lecture in what seems like a liberal/progressive manner.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are people with very diverse interests here, but there is not a lot of racial/ethnic diversity. It's a pretty darn white campus.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: The campus is predominantly white, middle to upper-middle class, liberal, and heterosexual. Its hard for lower socioeconomic status individuals to afford without taking out loans or receiving state/federal scholarships. For the most part, racial and ethnic minorities congregate together and keep to themselves outside of the classroom environment.

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There is not a lot of diversity on UGA's campus. Considering that the state population of Georgia is about 30 percent black, the fact that only five percent of UGA's student population is African American is, perhaps, a reason for concern. A new program called the African American Male Initiative has been instituted to improve diversity on campus. With this program, black high school and middle school students will be targeted and guided by counselors and other educators on which school is best for them. Because nearby Atlanta has so many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU's), it has been hard for UGA to recruit African American students. There is a noteworthy number of Asian and Indian students on campus. Many TAs and professors are of Asian or Indian descent, as well. And even though the Hispanic population in Georgia is growing rapidly, the Hispanic student population at UGA has remained consistently under five percent over the years.

There is a lot of Old South spirit alive at UGA-many fraternities still fly the Confederate flag every now and again. Because UGA is so predominantly white, this is a fairly common theme. People are not usually racist or critical towards one's race, but the undercurrent is still there. The good news is that the minority students and clubs on campus seem to be very involved and close-knit. In conclusion, a student's social circle at UGA could be composed of all walks of life, but they should keep in mind that the path they'll be treading on will ultimately lead through the Deep South.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 15%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 82%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Like most of the South outside of Atlanta and Miami, UGA's campus is not the most accepting of gays and lesbians. Like anywhere, there are those students who are supportive of the gay community and those who are not. However, Athens does have a gay bar/club called Blur. The Tasty World venue hosts a monthly drag show, too. Furthermore, the University has an LGBT Resource Center that coordinates with the Health Center for student counseling, while also hosting events for inclusion and awareness. Overall, Athens, as a city, is a little more open-minded than the University campus itself.
Political Activity
There is a large following for the College Republicans, as well as for the Young Democrats. The downtown area is home to weekly protests on various topics like the living wage and foreign war. Every so often, outside of Tate, especially on game days, you may catch a vocal demonstrator carrying graphic pro-life signs with pictures of aborted fetuses or super-conservative posters with lots of expletives. All of these right-wingers may sometimes hide that Athens is a very liberal city, featuring a UGA NORML chapter and a large anarchist community. Athens overall is very political.
Economic Status
UGA has students from diverse economic backgrounds, but they seem to come from predominantly wealthy families. It seems like everyone you meet is from Atlanta and drives a luxury car. However, the HOPE scholarship has changed the composition of UGA for the better, allowing large numbers of middle- and lower-income students the opportunity to come here.
Most Common Religions
There are a lot of very active Christian groups at UGA. Baptist groups probably have the largest numbers, though. Catholics are the smallest Christian group, and there are a significant number of Jewish students here, as well. There is a Jewish student center, as well as predominantly Jewish sororities and fraternities which students can join. Most religious activity takes place off campus at churches or places of worship that cater to college-age people.
Minority Clubs on Campus
UGA has African American and Asian sororities and fraternities. UGA also offers minority students the opportunity to join the Abeneefoo Kuo Honor Society, Black Affairs Council, Hispanic Student Association, Indian Cultural Exchange, and Pamoja Dance Company.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 185 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 21% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 245 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 25% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 251 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 101 responses

  • 30% Republican
  • 32% Democratic
  • 19% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 63 responses

  • 29% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 11% 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 102 responses

  • 25% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 64% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 12% 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 186 responses

  • 38% Very accepting.
  • 50% 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.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.



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