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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We tend to have the same views and values about things.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Literally, walking around you will someone of another ethnicity all around. It's fun to interact and share cultural differences.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus is extremely diverse in all of these areas. Ole Miss does have the reputation of being very closed minded, but that is not the case on campus. The only thing that keeps us from being the best is that we are a smaller size school, and sometimes it is easy to bleed into the crowd.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Not completely diverse but diverse enough. Mainly people are Christians(Baptist)

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of people from different backgrounds

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  • 107th
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  • 1282nd
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  • 1377th
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Janna Jones
Booneville, Miss.
Print Journalism
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As almost any person with any knowledge of civil rights history knows, Ole Miss has not always handled diversity well. In 1962, Ole Miss admitted its first black student, James Meredith, amidst a swirl of chaos and riots that resulted in two deaths. Meredith went on to be the first African-American graduate of Ole Miss, and things are much different now. Many minority students enroll here. In 2002–2003, Ole Miss had a yearlong celebration of their 40 years of an open-door policy. Without diversity, Ole Miss would be nothing, and all the awards and honors bestowed upon the College would not have been possible. The distasteful legacy of Ole Miss in the early 1960s has, thankfully, been left far behind. Though the minority population is still significantly less than the population of white students, Ole Miss has only been growing as a diverse campus for 40 years. Most campuses have been working much longer at it and are therefore more diverse.

While celebrating “Forty Years of Open Doors at Ole Miss” several years ago, the school made new commitments to expanding itself and increasing minority enrollment. Even though the numbers don’t show that it’s diverse, Ole Miss is working on it. Student on campus can be certain that no matter what their gender, age or race is, they won’t feel left out. The poor grade in no way reflects any kind of prejudice or policy, but rather the statistical facts about the diversity of the student body. And the diversity is growing. Ole Miss is, above all else, a kind campus that makes sure to include everyone.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 36%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 18%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Ole Miss tends to be pretty tolerant of the gay community. There are a couple of organizations that support the gay population on campus, such as ALLIES and the Gay-Straight Alliance.
Political Activity
College Democrats, College Republicans and the UM Constitutionalists are political groups that are active on campus. Many students consider themselves politically conservative.
Economic Status
Ole Miss ranges in economic status from very poor to very wealthy. Most of the campus is probably middle- to upper-class since the tuition is rather high, especially for out-of-state students.
Most Common Religions
Although Christianity is the predominant religion at Ole Miss, there are many other faiths represented on campus. There is a large Muslim community in Oxford, and the town has its own mosque. There are also populations of Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and non-religious students.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs aren't lacking at Ole Miss. The Black Student Union and IMAGE are prominent on campus. One Mississippi International Affairs was formed to promote diversity and multiculturalism. Ole Miss has many professional and religious groups centered on minorities, and there are lots of clubs for international students. The International Students Organization has a pretty large presence on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 13% Very conservative
  • 26% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 17% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 54 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 19% Very conservative
  • 20% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 20% Not sure
  • 7% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 55 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 55 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 54 responses

  • 11% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 33% Very accepting.
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