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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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5 College Junior

Diversity: There are a variety of students from different cultural and belief backgrounds. Many are from different parts of the political spectrum, there are many religions represented, and many different opinions on different issues.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Diverse compared to most public universities. Among in-staters, there is more socioeconomic and racial/ethnic diversity, but very little in terms of geographic diversity (you will not believe the amount of people here from just Bloomfield Hills, West Bloomfield, Northville, Grosse Pointe, and the like). Among out-of-staters, there is more geographic diversity (although a lot from Illinois/New Jersey/New York), but little in terms of socioeconomic diversity, as out-of-staters are eligible for little financial aid.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The school is mostly white and many students come from affluent backgrounds. That being said, there is a fair amount of diversity consisting of every race, religion, class and sexual orientation across the board. Disproportionately large amount of Jews, Indians and Asians. Ann Arbor is also a very flowery, hippy town so there is a handful of those (students and non students alike) that are LGBT

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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 138 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 185 responses

  • 24% Progressive/very liberal
  • 48% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 191 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 86 responses

  • 15% Republican
  • 41% Democratic
  • 24% Independent
  • 2% 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 53 responses

  • 55% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 45% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% 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 86 responses

  • 56% 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.
  • 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 139 responses

  • 58% 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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