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2 College Junior

Diversity: Our campus seems to brag about how diverse it is. But, minorities aren't treated well. Last year the president had a party with students and staff in brown face. When the Latin American Student Organization and allies tried to protest, they were patronized and the whole attempt was in vain. The fact that there is a Pan-African studies department is a miracle. The Native American Student Organization will probably disband in a year. There were racist incidents in freshman dorms last year. Microaggressions run rampant.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: Many students from many different backgrounds, ages, races, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is absolutely diversity and the campus handles it well.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Most people are very accepting of diversity, and there is a great deal of it on campus. The few ignorant ones that are racist or homophobic are usually pretty easy to spot and ignore. Generally, though, people keep their judgments to themselves.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UofL is the most diverse school in the state if KY

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U of L does not just support diversity, it pushes for it. The University welcomes everyone’s beliefs on campus, and the Interfaith Center is a great example of this. This one building houses Hillel and a variety of campus ministries, including Episcopal, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and United Methodist, and is next door to the Baptist Campus Ministry. The Association of Black Students, Common Ground (LGBT group), Muslim Student Association, and PEACC (Prevention, Education, and Advocacy on Campus and in the Community) are vocal and visible organizations on campus. Other student groups show their support for different minority groups and events; for example, you may see a fraternity brother sporting a Gay Pride Week shirt out of solidarity. There are also campus events like “Let’s Talk Lunches,” which are open to all students who want to talk about things such as international cultural awareness, LGBT issues, and socioeconomic problems.

Of course, there will always be some intolerant people, but for the most part, these people are kept quiet here. In general, students seem unafraid to be themselves at the University of Louisville, and the administration supports dialogue about differences. Coming to UL means making a commitment to learning about the diversity of the world.

Facts & Statistics

African American
12%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
3%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
76%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
17%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 26%
25+: 25%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 13%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
For the most part, gay rights are respected on campus. There is an annual on-campus Pride Week where gay rights groups try to raise awareness, and Common Ground, the LGBTQQA group, meets weekly, hosts a yearly dance, and draws a large number of both gay and ally students. Even though most students accept everyone on campus, there are still some who aren't as accepting.
Political Activity
Students here tend to lean toward the liberal end of any argument. There are usually a couple of protests each year, and several activist groups have events on campus.
Economic Status
The economic status of students at U of L ranges from lower- to upper-class, but the majority of students are in the middle-class range.
Most Common Religions
Catholicism is very prominent on campus and is probably the dominant Christian denomination at U of L. Southern Baptist is the second most common Christian denomination. Louisville also has a large Jewish community. Outside of Christianity and Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism can also be found around campus. Like many other college campuses today, atheism is also popular.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Interfaith Center on campus serves as a gathering spot for a variety of religious groups. In addition to the Interfaith Center, the Baptist Student Union is also very popular. PEACC, a group that seeks to end violence against women, is gaining popularity, as well as the Louisville Cardinals for Life.
Did You Know?
  • Students must complete six hours (two classes) of courses that focus on world cultures and religions as part of the general education requirements.
  • The University has departments for Latin American and Latino Studies and Pan-African Studies, and also offers minors in LGBTQ studies, women's and gender studies, and race and gender studies.

Student Polls

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

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 21% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 24% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 108 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 28% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 110 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 60 responses

  • 18% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 17% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 56% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 39% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% 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 60 responses

  • 52% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% 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 78 responses

  • 64% Very accepting.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% 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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