Ann Arbor, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I mean, its kinda normal

3 College Student

Diversity: Could be a lot more diverse!

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity at the school is great

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: While the University has a lot of diversity, the diverse groups seems to stay within their groups and don't mingle with each other, which would increase the sense of diversity on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many international students and many students from all walks of life. Meeting such diverse people regularly provides a unique education about the world


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Linda Tell
International Studies
Grad Year
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Along with any large university comes a diverse student body. The University of Michigan is no exception, its students representing all 50 states and 114 different countries. Michigan takes pride in its diversity, fostering acceptance through the "Expect Respect" campaign. Groups promoting diversity have a strong presence on Michigan's campus. These groups range in unique religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientation. It's not uncommon to come across groups advocating their cause around campus, or hosting cultural and educational events. On the other hand, however, some students report noticing an over-representation of white students on campus. Others find that the University's high out-of-state tuition fees attract large numbers of students coming from upper-middle- to upper-class backgrounds. Regardless, all can agree that Michigan’s large and diverse student body creates a heterogeneous community with varying ideas, opinions, and backgrounds.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 16%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 19%
Native American: 0%
White: 62%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
There are about 20 LGBTQ student-run groups at the University of Michigan. The Spectrum Center, located at the Michigan Union, advocates acceptance and outreach for LGBTQ students. The University is generally supportive.
Political Activity
The campus is very politically charged, although slightly polarized to the liberal left. There are a number of opinionated student groups that frequently organize rallies and protests.
Economic Status
Although Michigan students come from diverse economic backgrounds, there seems to be a preponderance of students coming from very wealthy families.
Most Common Religions
Christianity, Judaism
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs occupy a large social space on campus. They organize events open to all students to raise awareness, come together, or to just have fun.
Did You Know?
In the early 2000s, the University was involved in a legal battle over a previous admissions policy that allowed admissions decisions to be made on the basis of race. The Supreme Court ruled that while the policy promoted diversity, it was not justified as a way to redress for past racial injustices. The ruling spurred support in the form of many "friend-of-the-court briefs" asking the Supreme Court to reconsider. Affirmative action is still a hot-button issue on campus today.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 122 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 32% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 122 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 16% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 18% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 122 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 121 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 122 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 61% Very accepting.


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