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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity and it is promoted. Sometimes people are hateful of differences, but it is usually frowned upon and ignored.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is pretty diverse, Oak ridge seem to draw a fairly large ethnic population from what i have noticed.

4 College Junior

Diversity: everybody get along just fine

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have all sorts. It's great for the most part because you get to learn about other people. However, our campus isn't very conservative-friendly.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Most of my friends are international or came to America as teenagers. I feel like acceptance is easy at my school regardless of religion, politics, ethnicity, or even sexual orientation. We have LBGT,Sex, and interational/diversity weeks sponsored by the university.

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Most students will probably agree that UT is much more diverse than the high school they attended, regardless of their background. Many high schools in Tennessee are rather homogeneous, regardless of their size. While an individual's perception of UT's level of diversity may vary, UT does make many efforts to accommodate minority students and make their college experience rewarding.

UT has attempted to attract more minority students through various programs and offerings. UT attracts a wide array of international students, and chances are very likely that you will share a class with one. While UT's level of diversity may be considered less than ideal by many students, students of all backgrounds are comfortable at UT.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
3%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
81%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
10%
Common States of Residence
  • Georgia
  • Maryland
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 25%
25+: 20%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 78%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The campus is accepting of its gay and lesbian students, and has groups such as the Gay and Straight Political Network and the Lambda Student Union.
Political Activity
College Republicans and College Democrats are two of the main political groups on campus.
Economic Status
The students at UT run across the board as far as economic status is concerned. Of course, on a college campus, everyone is going to try and convey the impression that they have a bit of money with more expensive clothes and accessories. The economic diversity on campus, however, is very wide ranging.
Most Common Religions
Baptist and Methodist are the most prominent religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Cultural Programming Club, Association of Black Communicators, NAACP, National Society of Black Engineers

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 18 responses

  • 94% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 6% 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 115 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 17% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 114 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 8% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 23% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 29% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 120 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 120 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 18 responses

  • 72% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 22% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 18 responses

  • 22% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 17 responses

  • 71% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 12% 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.
  • 12% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 6% 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 18 responses

  • 17% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 72% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 18 responses

  • 22% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 17% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 28% 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 116 responses

  • 43% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 10% 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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