Diversity

Location
Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrads
27,046
Tuition (in-state)
$40,392 ($12,994)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school does much to ensure all students are accepted no matter the characteristics.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is extremely diverse with plenty of open-minded individuals.

3 College Junior

Diversity: While Michigan is recognized for its diverse student body, it is clearly seen on campus that this "diversity" is still polarized. It is fairly rare to see a group of students of different backgrounds associating themselves with one another outside of class.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: There is a decent amount of diversity on campus, whether people see it or not. As an out of state and minority student, people are constantly surprised to find out I am Hispanic.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Not a lot of diversity. School is mainly Caucasian and Asian Americans.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Linda Tell
Hometown
Syosset
Major
International Studies
Grad Year
2015
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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
5%
Asian
12%
Hispanic
4%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
65%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
42%
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
37%
Male Faculty
63%
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 127 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 33% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 127 responses

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

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 129 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 129 responses

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

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 60% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 128 responses

  • 2% 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.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 59% Very accepting.

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