Diversity

Location
Lexington, KY
Undergrads
19,178
Tuition (in-state)
$19,864 ($9,676)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Diversity: This I a very diverse community at UK. I believe we have a host of different students from many different backgrounds.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The LGBT community is widely accepted across campus.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a good amount of ethnic people on campus, but it is largely white.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I won a diversity scholarship and had to participate in diversity programs to keep it, so I got to see a lot of cool things going on on campus. There are "Diversity Dialogues" where students attend and discuss topics with guest speakers. they are really cool because people get to share thoughts and experience on issues like: sexuality, religion, race, etc. One topic I attended was on biracial couples. We have a VIP organization which trying to prevent and give aid to victims of power-based personal violence, such as rape, physical abuse, verbal abuse, and stalking.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is friends with everyone. There really isn't any controversy between anyone.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Rachel Schilling
Hometown
Cold Spring, KY
Major
English
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If you are a white middle-class suburbanite, be prepared to be surrounded by thousands of people just like you. It is a strange occasion to hear anyone refer to the University of Kentucky as diverse, and if they do, nobody takes them seriously. It is actually quite shocking that Kentucky has maintained such a homogenous population with the diversity of other ethnicities in the state.

A quick stroll through the Student Center during lunch time during a campus visit will give you the idea of what a black and white campus it is; there is a perfect division that is seldom crossed between students of different races. The lack of diversity is one of UK's setbacks and seems to be one of the limitations of the old-fashioned values the school is known for. If diversity is number one on your list of things you're looking for, UK is definitely not among those schools of varying ethnic backgrounds.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
2%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
81%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
33%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 24%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Lavender Society and Lambda Lambda Lambda offer activities and support for gay students.
Political Activity
UK offers clubs of various party affiliations, but it tends to maintain a conservative air.
Economic Status
The University of Kentucky tends to attract students from middle-class backgrounds whose parents help to pay for their educations.
Most Common Religions
Christianity (Protestant and Catholic) is by far the most represented religion on campus. The Muslim students also attend UK. Most other religions are in vast minority.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is an active Black Student Union on campus, as well as the International Society, Cosmopolitan Club, and Buddhist Studies Club.
Did You Know?
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center functions to contribute to the quality of life for African American students, UK, and the broader community by promoting a better understanding of and appreciation for African American culture and heritage. A variety of educational and social activities are presented throughout the year including lectures, workshops, seminars, art exhibits, theater, music, and dance. The center maintains a collection of books, periodicals, multi-media kits, records, and audio and video tapes which relate to the diversified aspects of African-American culture.
  • The center offers a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere, and it strives to enhance the retention of African American students by helping make the campus a more comfortable, inviting environment. The center is located in 124 Student Center and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 95 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 23% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 16% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 95 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 28% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 28% Not sure
  • 12% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 96 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 95 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 95 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 44% Very accepting.

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