Diversity

Location
Bowling Green, KY
Undergrads
14,315
Tuition (in-state)
$22,248 ($8,722)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus and in this town.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Decent amount of diversity, lots of different people to learn from and interact with.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: It is pretty liberal here. People are usually easily accepted.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Our campus is somewhat diverse, a lot of people come to our school because of how cheap it is.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: WKU is very known for being an extremely diverse school.

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  • 459th
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  • 543rd
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  • 936th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

WKU is the proud home of many different kinds of people—international students, an active GLBT community, students of many different ethnicities, church-goers, atheists, students from all points of the political spectrum, both rich and poor, from big cities and small towns. College is meant to be a place where students can experience new things and open their minds to new ideas. For this to occur, students need a diverse campus with people from all different walks of life, a campus like WKU.

Whether students want to branch out and meet international students through English conversation or come together with people of like beliefs for a Bible study, WKU provides the opportunities for students to reach out and fit in.

Facts & Statistics

African American
11%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
2%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
80%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
24%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 20%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
49%
Male Faculty
51%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The GLBT community at WKU is very active. Their organization, the Student Identity Outreach, actively promotes equality between sexual orientations and provides lots of activities for GLBT students and those who support them. Their most recent activity was a protest with other students to get the University to enact domestic partner benefits for faculty and staff at WKU. They were successful.
Political Activity
There are people with all political tendencies found on campus, though the most vocal students tend to be those on the left.
Economic Status
Students at WKU come from all different economic statuses. The low tuition here attracts people universally, from people whose parents bought them a new Mustang for graduation to those who can't afford those types of luxuries. Besides the low tuition, there are many scholarships and grants available to offset the costs. Many people take advantage of KEES money (if they are from Kentucky), Pell Grants, or scholarships based on academic or athletic merit.
Most Common Religions
Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) and Campus Crusade for Christ are both very active on campus. There are campus groups and Bible studies available for any kind of denomination.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many different minority clubs active on campus. The Korean Student Association, International Club, and Black Student Alliance all provide friendly atmospheres that promote diversity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 78 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 23% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 14% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 76 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 9% Conservative
  • 33% Moderate
  • 43% Not sure
  • 13% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 77 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 77 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 78 responses

  • 3% 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.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 60% Very accepting.
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