Diversity

Location
Kalamazoo, MI
Undergrads
16,303
Tuition (in-state)
$23,262 ($9,982)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Western offers a large diversity of students

3 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity at this school is fairly even. There are no favored groups or groups who pick on others. Everyone gets along.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There is great diversity all over campus from race, religion, and economic backgrounds.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: WMU is very diverse and everyone gets along great as far as i've seen.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a great diversity of people on campus.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Eric DiManno
Hometown
Sterling Heights
Major
Creative Writing
Grad Year
2012
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Diversity is something Western Michigan has plenty of. Western students do not discriminate against others regarding age, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, or religion, so you can expect to see all types of backgrounds and individuals all over campus. Western has international programs where students from all over the world come to study. Some students come from the Dominican Republic, Japan, China, parts of Europe, the Middle East, and South America.

Overall, there is a huge emphasis on diversity and acceptance at Western, and there are a number of student clubs and organizations designed around such uniqueness. Walking around campus, students can expect to hear a number of languages other than English. However, the highest population of students on campus is Caucasian, even if there is still a good mix of all types of students.

Facts & Statistics

African American
10%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
4%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
76%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
13%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 23%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 18%
Gay Pride
Western is a very diverse university with all types of backgrounds, and is very accepting of the gay community. There are student associations and clubs that support gay rights and host events to raise awareness on campus.
Political Activity
There are a few student organizations affiliated with politics, including the College Republicans and the College Democrats.
Economic Status
Students are mostly middle class.
Most Common Religions
From Christian to Muslim, atheists to agnostics, Western has it all.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Some of the minority clubs on campus include the African Student Association At Western (ASAAW), Arab Student Association, and Collegiate Black and Christian (CBC).

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 22% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 87 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 38% Not sure
  • 26% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 88 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 88 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 87 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 26% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 69% Very accepting.

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