Diversity

Location
Lawrence, KS
Undergrads
17,130
Tuition (in-state)
$23,748 ($9,678)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Junior

Diversity: KU is very diverse, but everyone pretty much sticks to what they know. There aren't really diverse friendships between students on campus. People don't seem to intermix here.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: "Diversity" a vague term, encompassing any number of possible attributes among a population. Nevertheless, it would be fair to say that the school has at least a moderate level of "diversity."

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is accepted at this college. Everyone helped everyone out if their lost. The people in the helps rooms are very helpful to anyone.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: KU has a very diverse campus with many organizations and clubs that encourage diversity.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is... Something I was definitely not used to. I went to a predominately black high school and to be the one of the only African American person in a class was weird. It was also a fun time, I gained lots of other friends from this. I learned a lot about cultures. As stated before it is what you make it.

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  • 123rd
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  • 712nd
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1273rd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amanda Thompson
Hometown
Overland Park, KS
Major
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
4%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
5%
International
7%
Native American
1%
White
75%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
32%
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
43%
Male Faculty
57%
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 6 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 92 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 16% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 24% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 92 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 18% Moderate
  • 14% Not sure
  • 51% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 92 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 92 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 6 responses

  • 83% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 17% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 6 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 0% Democratic
  • 50% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 50% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 6 responses

  • 83% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% 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.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 17% 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 6 responses

  • 17% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 33% 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 6 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 33% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 17% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 50% 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 93 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.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 54% Very accepting.

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