Diversity

Location
Norman, OK
Undergrads
18,111
Tuition (in-state)
$20,343 ($8,706)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are so many different ethnic groups and people groups on campus. You can really connect with all kinds of people.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diversity is abundant, but also homogenous at the same time when it comes to religion and sexual orientation. Oklahoma is the Bible belt....nuff said

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are copious amounts people from different cultures and religions on campus.

3 College Senior

Diversity: OU preaches diversity, but it's not really all that diverse.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is lots of diversity on campus!

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  • 228th
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  • 1169th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Elizabeth Hurd
Hometown
Oklahoma City
Major
History and French
Grad Year
2016
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A university is regarded as a place where diverse people and ideas meet to create new innovation. Depending on the aspect of diversity that is considered, OU is both very diverse and very homogeneous. Ethnically, the University is not diverse at all. A large majority of OU's students are white, and the vast majority come from Oklahoma and Texas. In an effort to increase the diversity of such a homogeneous campus, however, OU's administration has sought to greatly expand the number of students accepted from abroad to study on the campus. In turn, this has had the benefit of helping more students enrolled at OU go abroad to study. Most students at OU are Protestant, although the groups of other Christian, Muslim, and Jewish students are a very important presence on campus, taking part in campus activities such as the Big Event. There are many other religious groups represented on campus that all play a part in helping to make new students feel welcomed and find a place on campus. Tolerance on campus is treated as a serious issue, and any acts of intolerance are dealt with severely. In particular, tolerance toward those with alternate views on religion, sexuality, and politics is demanded of all students to help create a secure learning environment.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
6%
International
4%
Native American
5%
White
62%
Unknown
8%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
39%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 19%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 8%
Native American: 2%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The OU community is largely accepting of different sexualities, and the LGBT society is very active on campus, conducting frequent awareness events and hosting Q&A sessions each semester.
Political Activity
Students at OU are in one of the most staunchly conservative states in the country, and yet, like most college campuses, OU houses a fairly liberal student/professor population. There are a wide variety of ways to be involved in political activity on campus including Student Government, student-run political clubs, and Honors College discussion groups.
Economic Status
The economic status of students on campus is widely varied but overall not important when it comes to campus life. Sororities and fraternities tend to require significant financial commitments, but nearly every student is proud of scholarships and seeks to reduce the overall cost of school. It is easy to be friends with students who come from different financial backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
There is a very strong Christian community on campus. Virtually every denomination is represented through student-run clubs, Bible-study groups, and nearby churches. However, there is also an increasing number of Muslim students on campus who organize not only for worship but also to spread information about Muslim-Americans. Other religious groups on campus are present but less advertised.
Minority Clubs on Campus
One of the best things about OU is the number of clubs and organizations that address minority groups on campus. OU is devoted to making all students feel comfortable and happy on campus, and organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, the Black Law Students Association, Bahai Association, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and many more help minority students find their niche. A full list of all active clubs on campus is available on the Student Life website.
Did You Know?
  • Interested in meeting a student from another country? OU Cousins, a popular campus club, introduces foreign exchange and international students to OU students.
  • Couch Center offers a floor dedicated to housing international students. It includes its own kitchen so students can share their country's special food traditions with one another.
  • If you are interested in a pre-professional degree (such as health, law, engineering, etc.), OU offers a number of organizations that cater to minority groups, including women, African Americans, and Hispanics.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 105 responses

  • 10% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 23% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 105 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 25% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 20% Not sure
  • 19% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 108 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 108 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 106 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.
  • 50% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 42% Very accepting.

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