Lawrence, KS
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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Diversity: Lawrence is the most liberal town in Kansas and the majority of students are moderate or liberal I think.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of diversity on campus.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of different types of people here on campus

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people of all types here. You can find just about one of everyone.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is all different people from different backgrounds that make KU very diverse and a place where anyone can find there place.


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  • 123rd
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 712nd
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1273rd
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Overland Park, KS
Journalism/Environmental Studies
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Most people aren’t surprised to hear the majority of the student population is white, but this doesn’t mean that KU lacks in diversity. Compared to other colleges in the Midwest and especially other colleges in Kansas, KU is as diverse as it gets. It doesn’t have the typical conservative feel that other Kansas colleges have, and it’s often considered a safe-haven for members of different ethnicities or sexual orientations.

Students from more than 110 countries around the world call KU home at some point during their college career. With so many foreign students, there’s always someone or something new around the corner. KU also boasts one of the highest study abroad rates of any public university in the nation, which shows that KU students are interested in knowing how people live in other parts of the world. Students agree that KU has a unique feel, and it’s often considered an oasis of diversity in the middle of the state of Kansas. The administration is pushing to increase enrollment rates of minorities at the University to make the numbers show it’s as diverse as many students feel it is.


Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 22%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 7%
Native American: 1%
White: 78%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
KU and the Lawrence community are generally very accepting of the gay and lesbian population. There is a Pride Night every year, as well as Gay Pride Week.
Political Activity
Lawrence is generally a liberal and open-minded place. Douglas County usually votes democratically in elections, which is different than most Kansas counties. The Young Democrats and KU Republicans are both active on campus.
Economic Status
The economic status of KU students varies. There are a lot of scholarship options available to those who can't otherwise afford college. However, a good part of the KU population comes from Johnson County, where students are usually middle or upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Christian groups, including CRU, Navigators, and Wesley KU, are the most dominate on campus. KU does offer groups for other religions as well, including the Chabad Jewish Student Group and the Muslim Student Association.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Student Union, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Latin American Solidarity.
Did You Know?
  • Learn first-hand about diversity by studying abroad in one of the more than 60 countries where KU offers programs. Students can study in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
  • KU draws students from every state in the nation and more than 110 different countries.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 89 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 17% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 24% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 89 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 19% Moderate
  • 15% Not sure
  • 52% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 88 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 88 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 89 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 43% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 55% Very accepting.



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