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4 College Senior

Diversity: Economic diversity stinks but the lgbt community gets a lot of support

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UofM is well known for the diversity of its student body, and it shows. It is also a well known school globally so we have many international students.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's so many people on campus and the student population is pretty diverse. I'd say that you would need to make an effort to find that diversity simply because there's so many students; it's easy to become friends with people just like you and get stuck in that rut.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Perhaps more diverse than most universities. Many international students

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity could be a lot higher.


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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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 32 responses

  • 97% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 3% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% 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 131 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 34% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 9% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 131 responses

  • 18% Progressive/very liberal
  • 48% Liberal
  • 16% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 137 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 136 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 33 responses

  • 70% 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 33 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 27% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 15% I don't care about politics

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

  • 73% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 9% 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.
  • 0% 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 33 responses

  • 64% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 36% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 33 responses

  • 6% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 18% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 39% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 36% 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 132 responses

  • 59% Very accepting.
  • 35% 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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