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4 College Junior

Diversity: I think the diversity on campus is pretty great. There are many different types of students that you could interact with. And really, everyone is pretty accepting. You don't really hear or see any problems people have with fitting in or finding any friends. Even if someone is different, more than likely there's going to be someone who's just as different as them, and they would then connect and become friends.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although is a predominantly white campus, there is so much diversity. I just love it!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a great diversity on campus. I feel that everyone can connect.

3 College Junior

Diversity: A great deal of international students come into KU ever semester. I have to admit that most people who go to KU are from some part of Kansas otherwise.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of different people from many different backgrounds.


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Most people aren’t surprised to hear the majority of the student population is white, but this doesn’t mean that KU lacks in diversity. Compared to other colleges in the Midwest and especially other colleges in Kansas, KU is as diverse as it gets. It doesn’t have the typical conservative feel that other Kansas colleges have, and it’s often considered a safe-haven for members of different ethnicities or sexual orientations.

Students from more than 110 countries around the world call KU home at some point during their college career. With so many foreign students, there’s always someone or something new around the corner. KU also boasts one of the highest study abroad rates of any public university in the nation, which shows that KU students are interested in knowing how people live in other parts of the world. Students agree that KU has a unique feel, and it’s often considered an oasis of diversity in the middle of the state of Kansas. The administration is pushing to increase enrollment rates of minorities at the University to make the numbers show it’s as diverse as many students feel it is.


Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 22%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 7%
Native American: 1%
White: 78%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
KU and the Lawrence community are generally very accepting of the gay and lesbian population. There is a Pride Night every year, as well as Gay Pride Week.
Political Activity
Lawrence is generally a liberal and open-minded place. Douglas County usually votes democratically in elections, which is different than most Kansas counties. The Young Democrats and KU Republicans are both active on campus.
Economic Status
The economic status of KU students varies. There are a lot of scholarship options available to those who can't otherwise afford college. However, a good part of the KU population comes from Johnson County, where students are usually middle or upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Christian groups, including CRU, Navigators, and Wesley KU, are the most dominate on campus. KU does offer groups for other religions as well, including the Chabad Jewish Student Group and the Muslim Student Association.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Black Student Union, Hispanic American Leadership Organization, Latin American Solidarity.
Did You Know?
  • Learn first-hand about diversity by studying abroad in one of the more than 60 countries where KU offers programs. Students can study in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
  • KU draws students from every state in the nation and more than 110 different countries.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 33 responses

  • 94% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 3% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 3% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 96 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 23% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 96 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 19% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 98 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 98 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 33 responses

  • 79% No
  • 3% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 18% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 33 responses

  • 18% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 24% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 32 responses

  • 62% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 16% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 16% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 6% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 45% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 12% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 34 responses

  • 18% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 12% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 47% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 24% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 96 responses

  • 54% Very accepting.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.



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