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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: UK is a predominantly white school. There are plenty minorities with various backgrounds on campus. As a minority I don't feel unaccepted.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: It is a state school in Kentucky, and diversity is as one would expect it to be. There are, of course, some minorities, but it is a primarily white campus, and besides the "black" sororities/fraternities, it seems to be difficult for a person of color to get a bid. In personal experience, though, those minority greek organizations are the ones with the best sister/brotherhoods, but they typically do not participate in the "white" greek events.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: This I a very diverse community at UK. I believe we have a host of different students from many different backgrounds.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The LGBT community is widely accepted across campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a good amount of ethnic people on campus, but it is largely white.

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If you are a white middle-class suburbanite, be prepared to be surrounded by thousands of people just like you. It is a strange occasion to hear anyone refer to the University of Kentucky as diverse, and if they do, nobody takes them seriously. It is actually quite shocking that Kentucky has maintained such a homogenous population with the diversity of other ethnicities in the state.

A quick stroll through the Student Center during lunch time during a campus visit will give you the idea of what a black and white campus it is; there is a perfect division that is seldom crossed between students of different races. The lack of diversity is one of UK's setbacks and seems to be one of the limitations of the old-fashioned values the school is known for. If diversity is number one on your list of things you're looking for, UK is definitely not among those schools of varying ethnic backgrounds.

Facts & Statistics

African American
8%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
79%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
33%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 24%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The Lavender Society and Lambda Lambda Lambda offer activities and support for gay students.
Political Activity
UK offers clubs of various party affiliations, but it tends to maintain a conservative air.
Economic Status
The University of Kentucky tends to attract students from middle-class backgrounds whose parents help to pay for their educations.
Most Common Religions
Christianity (Protestant and Catholic) is by far the most represented religion on campus. The Muslim students also attend UK. Most other religions are in vast minority.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There is an active Black Student Union on campus, as well as the International Society, Cosmopolitan Club, and Buddhist Studies Club.
Did You Know?
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center functions to contribute to the quality of life for African American students, UK, and the broader community by promoting a better understanding of and appreciation for African American culture and heritage. A variety of educational and social activities are presented throughout the year including lectures, workshops, seminars, art exhibits, theater, music, and dance. The center maintains a collection of books, periodicals, multi-media kits, records, and audio and video tapes which relate to the diversified aspects of African-American culture.
  • The center offers a relaxed yet stimulating atmosphere, and it strives to enhance the retention of African American students by helping make the campus a more comfortable, inviting environment. The center is located in 124 Student Center and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 34 responses

  • 85% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 3% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 12% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 99 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 17% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 22% Conservative
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 99 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 12% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 29% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 28% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 100 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 99 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 34 responses

  • 71% No
  • 6% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 18% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 34 responses

  • 18% Republican
  • 35% Democratic
  • 32% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 15% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 33 responses

  • 67% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 12% 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.
  • 18% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% 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 34 responses

  • 38% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 53% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 9% 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 33 responses

  • 12% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 39% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 15% 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 99 responses

  • 44% Very accepting.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 8% 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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