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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty diverse in areas like ethnicity, religion, etc, but not as diverse in economic background and political beliefs.

4 College Junior

Diversity: People are very welcoming of all the backgrounds. Whenever something in the world happens then things get tense i.e. BLM, terrorist attacks, hate toward LGBT. Michigan has a large Jewish student population, minority, and muslim population. As long as you treat other kind others will treat you the same. The only ever racist thing I've experience was comments from a random townie not even a student.

4 College Junior

Diversity: People here are very accepting of different racial backgrounds and sexual orientation. It's a very liberal minded school so if you're a conservative you won't be too welcomed.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is pretty liberal on campus, and a most to all people are accepting of diversity.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Everything and everyone and anyone you will find here.

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Along with any large university comes a diverse student body. The University of Michigan is no exception, its students representing all 50 states and 114 different countries. Michigan takes pride in its diversity, fostering acceptance through the "Expect Respect" campaign. Groups promoting diversity have a strong presence on Michigan's campus. These groups range in unique religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientation. It's not uncommon to come across groups advocating their cause around campus, or hosting cultural and educational events. On the other hand, however, some students report noticing an over-representation of white students on campus. Others find that the University's high out-of-state tuition fees attract large numbers of students coming from upper-middle- to upper-class backgrounds. Regardless, all can agree that Michigan’s large and diverse student body creates a heterogeneous community with varying ideas, opinions, and backgrounds.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
12%
Hispanic
4%
International
7%
Native American
0%
White
64%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
42%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 29%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 16%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 19%
Native American: 0%
White: 62%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
There are about 20 LGBTQ student-run groups at the University of Michigan. The Spectrum Center, located at the Michigan Union, advocates acceptance and outreach for LGBTQ students. The University is generally supportive.
Political Activity
The campus is very politically charged, although slightly polarized to the liberal left. There are a number of opinionated student groups that frequently organize rallies and protests.
Economic Status
Although Michigan students come from diverse economic backgrounds, there seems to be a preponderance of students coming from very wealthy families.
Most Common Religions
Christianity, Judaism
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs occupy a large social space on campus. They organize events open to all students to raise awareness, come together, or to just have fun.
Did You Know?
In the early 2000s, the University was involved in a legal battle over a previous admissions policy that allowed admissions decisions to be made on the basis of race. The Supreme Court ruled that while the policy promoted diversity, it was not justified as a way to redress for past racial injustices. The ruling spurred support in the form of many "friend-of-the-court briefs" asking the Supreme Court to reconsider. Affirmative action is still a hot-button issue on campus today.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 141 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 204 responses

  • 25% Progressive/very liberal
  • 47% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 210 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 105 responses

  • 14% Republican
  • 39% Democratic
  • 26% Independent
  • 4% 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 72 responses

  • 58% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 1% 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 105 responses

  • 58% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 2% 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 142 responses

  • 57% Very accepting.
  • 37% 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.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.

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