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.