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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus. I feel like I meet new people every time i do laundry.

4 College Junior

Diversity: Though OU students are much whiter than my those of my hometown, they are still quite diverse with respect to their beliefs, orientations, economic backgrounds, and religion. Personally I'm Jewish and have never had any issues with respect for my religion. The campus Hillel (college Jewish organization) is a thriving club which offers everything from parties to lectures to outreach programs. I've heard from LGBT friends that the community is quite strong and they love the events it puts out.

Many of my racial minority friends also find that the university does its best to accommodate them, via various organizations, cultural events, and requirements that students take at least one non western civilization course.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Campus is pretty diverse and accepting for the most part.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There a a lot of gays and lesbians and I haven't seen any problem with anything.

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are very many different organizations and groups which helps meet the diversity needs for each individual on campus.

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A university is regarded as a place where diverse people and ideas meet to create new innovation. Depending on the aspect of diversity that is considered, OU is both very diverse and very homogeneous. Ethnically, the University is not diverse at all. A large majority of OU's students are white, and the vast majority come from Oklahoma and Texas. In an effort to increase the diversity of such a homogeneous campus, however, OU's administration has sought to greatly expand the number of students accepted from abroad to study on the campus. In turn, this has had the benefit of helping more students enrolled at OU go abroad to study. Most students at OU are Protestant, although the groups of other Christian, Muslim, and Jewish students are a very important presence on campus, taking part in campus activities such as the Big Event. There are many other religious groups represented on campus that all play a part in helping to make new students feel welcomed and find a place on campus. Tolerance on campus is treated as a serious issue, and any acts of intolerance are dealt with severely. In particular, tolerance toward those with alternate views on religion, sexuality, and politics is demanded of all students to help create a secure learning environment.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
7%
International
5%
Native American
5%
White
63%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
39%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Kansas
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 19%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 8%
Native American: 2%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The OU community is largely accepting of different sexualities, and the LGBT society is very active on campus, conducting frequent awareness events and hosting Q&A sessions each semester.
Political Activity
Students at OU are in one of the most staunchly conservative states in the country, and yet, like most college campuses, OU houses a fairly liberal student/professor population. There are a wide variety of ways to be involved in political activity on campus including Student Government, student-run political clubs, and Honors College discussion groups.
Economic Status
The economic status of students on campus is widely varied but overall not important when it comes to campus life. Sororities and fraternities tend to require significant financial commitments, but nearly every student is proud of scholarships and seeks to reduce the overall cost of school. It is easy to be friends with students who come from different financial backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
There is a very strong Christian community on campus. Virtually every denomination is represented through student-run clubs, Bible-study groups, and nearby churches. However, there is also an increasing number of Muslim students on campus who organize not only for worship but also to spread information about Muslim-Americans. Other religious groups on campus are present but less advertised.
Minority Clubs on Campus
One of the best things about OU is the number of clubs and organizations that address minority groups on campus. OU is devoted to making all students feel comfortable and happy on campus, and organizations such as the Society of Women Engineers, the Black Law Students Association, Bahai Association, the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and many more help minority students find their niche. A full list of all active clubs on campus is available on the Student Life website.
Did You Know?
  • Interested in meeting a student from another country? OU Cousins, a popular campus club, introduces foreign exchange and international students to OU students.
  • Couch Center offers a floor dedicated to housing international students. It includes its own kitchen so students can share their country's special food traditions with one another.
  • If you are interested in a pre-professional degree (such as health, law, engineering, etc.), OU offers a number of organizations that cater to minority groups, including women, African Americans, and Hispanics.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 18 responses

  • 94% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 6% 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 108 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 23% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 20% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 10% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

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

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 25% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 113 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 112 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 19 responses

  • 74% No
  • 11% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 16% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 19 responses

  • 26% Republican
  • 32% Democratic
  • 16% Independent
  • 11% Other party not mentioned
  • 16% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 18 responses

  • 78% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 6% 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.
  • 17% 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 19 responses

  • 26% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 18 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 33% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 22% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 28% 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 109 responses

  • 42% Very accepting.
  • 50% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% 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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