Diversity

Location
Cincinnati, OH
Undergrads
19,667
Tuition (in-state)
$25,816 ($10,784)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Junior

Diversity: Very inclusive for everyone. LGBT friendly.

3 College Student

Diversity: I don't really notice it

4 College Freshman

Diversity: I believe that this campus focuses a lot on diversity and acceptance. That is not to say that there are some issues related to the matter, but I believe that this campus is more forward-focused than most when it comes to diversity.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is so much diversity at UC, it's crazy. We also have huge groups of international students every year.

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College Junior

Diversity: I am in a distance learning program.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Kellerman
Hometown
Cincinnati, Ohio
Major
Journalism/Spanish minor
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If you're looking for a diverse school, the University of Cincinnati is worth looking into. It's not the most ethnically diverse school out there, but the students, faculty, and staff come from a wide range of backgrounds, allowing students to not only learn in class but also learn about other cultures and lifestyles. A lot of UC students are from Cincinnati or within Ohio, but there are students who come from out of state and even from other countries. It's a great learning experience to meet international students because they learn from American students as much as we learn from them. Some colleges and programs tend to be more diverse than others, but with such a large campus, there are still opportunities for all students to interact.

The great thing about attending a large college is students aren't afraid to be themselves, and there are student groups on campus for almost every lifestyle. If there isn't, a new organization can be established. The University does a good job of allowing all ideas and groups to make their presence known, even if it is a very small minority of the campus population. Students are free to protest what they don't agree with. There are endless possibilities here to learn about other cultures, ideas, and lifestyles, which also help students determine who they are.

Facts & Statistics

African American
9%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
2%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
16%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 23%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 72%
Unknown: 6%
Gay Pride
There are several groups on campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and questioning (LGBTQ) students. Most groups meet once a month but also hold special events for members to get to know one another and talk about current issues. There are also support groups available through the UC Women's Center that are free and open to anyone. Most students are open and proud of their sexuality, with some even taking part in drag shows on and off campus. LGBTQ students have several options to network, and they are accepted for who they are. UC is a diverse campus, so 99.9 percent of the time, LGBTQ students will not feel left out or discriminated against.
Political Activity
Though Cincinnati is a relatively conservative city, there is a lot of political activity on the UC campus. There is a decent mix of students from each of the two major political parties, but there are also some middle-of-the-road and independent students. UC students are generally outspoken about their political ideologies but respectful of opposing viewpoints. During election time, politics are a hot topic of conversation, and UC is oftentimes a place where candidates will come to rally. There are several political organizations that students can get involved with. College Democrats and College Republicans tend to be popular outlets for discussion, but the Campus Green Party, Amnesty International, and the International Socialist Organization provide alternative outlets for students who do not fit into the Republican or Democratic parties. It is not uncommon to see students rallying for issues or candidates, and sometimes student organizations come out to protest events and displays on campus.
Economic Status
Students at UC come from diverse economical backgrounds. Though a majority of students come from middle-class families, there are students who come from higher- and lower-income families. Economic status is not an issue between students, especially since most will tell you they receive some sort of financial aid. Students are generally understanding of other people's backgrounds, and, for the most part, they will not judge anyone based on the money they have or don't have.
Most Common Religions
Christians and Catholics are the most common at UC, but students of other religions have a presence on campus, as well. Since the University is a public institution, religion is not a huge deal on campus, but there are student groups that meet regularly and occasionally protest. Some of the more prominent student religious groups are Catholic Newman Club, Hillel Jewish Student Center, and Young Life. These student groups can be spotted raising money for charities or working in the community to help others. They are also relatively active on campus. For example, Hillel lights a menorah in McMicken Commons for students who celebrate Hanukkah.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Some minority groups bring in speakers, hold discussions, or have gatherings on a regular basis. Some of the minority groups on campus include the Asian American Association, Club Hispano, and The Arabic Club.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 109 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 20% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 108 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 29% Not sure
  • 19% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 108 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 107 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 109 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 53% Very accepting.

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