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4 College Student

Diversity: Our campus is very diverse and accepting of all minorities in every facet of life. I don't think I've ever heard of or seen any incidents of diversity/minority intolerance on campus because the entire student and faculty body is greenly pretty accepting and open. UK is not exactly a cheap school (even for in-state tuition) and college offered scholarships can be hard to find for students so I would;t say the University itself is totally accepting of all economic backgrounds- but loan options are available. In terms of student organizations our diverse student body has made it possible for there to be an organization for virtually any interest. Speaking personally as someone who is converting to Judaism, I was very relived to find that there were a lot of resources and outlets for Jewish students on campus. The campus is not at all politically biased, I would say there is an even mix.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many people that attend UK it is almost impossible not to have diversity.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm involved with Christian Student Fellowship and they demonstrate what the general feel on campus is. They are so wonderful and kind to anyone and everyone. That sums up UK. There is a diverse range of religions and political views and everything else, but no one hates on anyone else for their views.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Students here are extremely racist and intolerant of ethnic/racial and socioeconomic minorities. I have been disrespected and disregarded on so many occasions that it is embarrassing for such a "prestigious" university. If you are religious and a liberal, people don't even attempt to understand your views. This goes for most cases. Students here seem to want to categorize everyone into who they think they should be, instead of em-pathetically trying to figure out who you are.

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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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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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 106 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 21% Conservative
  • 7% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 181 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 14% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 182 responses

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

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 115 responses

  • 30% Republican
  • 34% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 81 responses

  • 27% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 68% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 5% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 115 responses

  • 30% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 64% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 5% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 106 responses

  • 45% Very accepting.
  • 44% 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.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.

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