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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is not a problem at WVU. Everywhere you look you can see a diverse environment. Students at WVU are very accepting of others no matter what the situation may be.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Our campus is very diverse, there are lot of foreign students and I think everyone enjoys it because it gives us a chance to learn about other countries and cultures. Everyone is very accepting to others.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is diversity in the campus but there can be some prejudice among groups but everything tends to go smoothly

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There's a lot of students from around the country and the world; not everyone is from West Virginia. Take the time to get to know people: there's 30,000 people on campus.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: People are generally accepting (it IS, college...)

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As can be seen by the statistics, WVU's campus is mostly Caucasian. The gap between the percentages of Caucasians to other ethnic groups is very high. It is clearly noticeable, and students have spoken up about the lack of diversity on campus. There are a few minority clubs around campus, but not very many due to the small number of minority races present on campus. They aren't very visible among campus activities, but that is most likely because the groups are not very large. The tolerance at WVU seems to be at an acceptable level. Complaints about discrimination against race, sexual orientation, and religion have been almost nonexistent. Everyone here seems to accept other people for their differences.

The economic status of the students at WVU varies from person to person. This is definitely not a campus where each student must have the fanciest or most expensive items to fit in with everyone else. Diversity really is not a huge topic among people here at WVU, although the University does have a Diversity Week, which supports several programs and events to promote diversity among different groups. It seems the University is trying to make people aware of different cultures, even if they aren't necessarily present on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
83%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
58%
Common States of Residence
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 22%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
There is a lot of acceptance of all sexual orientations at WVU. There have been very few issues dealing with hate crimes against homosexual students. There are also several organizations to support gay pride and create a sense of unity among the gay student population.
Political Activity
There is not overwhelming political activity at WVU, but it's there and isn't dominated by one party. There is a Young Democrats club, as well as a Young Republicans club. There are also civil rights organizations like the ACLU and FMLA. Students are encouraged to get out and vote during elections, whether they affiliate with a particular group or not.
Economic Status
West Virginia has been a coal mining state for a very long time. While this is not the wealthiest of areas, they are definitely not the poorest. It is an average economic area, with Morgantown prospering especially because of all the students. There are some poorer areas as the state gets more rural, but for the most part, the state is very industrial and economically sufficient.
Most Common Religions
There is not really a most prominent religion at WVU. In the surrounding area, there are churches for Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Lutherans, along with Jewish temples. There is a wide variety for students to choose from, so they can go where they feel most comfortable.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 34 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% 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 81 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 9% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 109 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 34% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 111 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 78 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 34 responses

  • 79% No
  • 6% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 3% 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 67 responses

  • 24% Republican
  • 31% Democratic
  • 16% Independent
  • 7% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 33 responses

  • 73% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 9% 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.
  • 18% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% 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 33 responses

  • 42% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 15% 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 67 responses

  • 36% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 52% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 33 responses

  • 15% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 6% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 55% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 24% 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 82 responses

  • 45% Very accepting.
  • 43% 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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