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Diversity: austin's like the most diverse town ever

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Diversity: I'll never understand why people would ever complain about a lack of diversity on this campus. Walking around campus you see every type of person you can imagine. I, myself, am a multiracial person and could find my people quite easily. Inclusion, however, is a different story. Like anywhere, even here at UT Austin campion of diversity.. Students still tend to exclusively hang around their ethnic counterparts. Whites with whites, hispanics stick together, blacks do too.

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Diversity: Honestly, UT is the place to be yourself. Diversity is HUGE on campus, it's amazing.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Austin is a very liberal city in Texas, and is a haven for diversity of all kinds

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Diversity: There is definitely diversity on campus, however minorities don't make up a large portion.

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Diversity on the UT campus is a rather touchy subject. The school is predominantly white, but there are definitely minorities on campus, and they often make themselves known. Many students feel that the student body is too diverse, and depending on where you are on campus, it can definitely seem as if the minorities are the majority on campus. The Hopwood case in 1997 banned Affirmative Action at the University after white students sued the UT Law School when African American students who were less qualified were let in, and the white students were not. The “Top 10 Percent Rule” was implemented to take the place of Affirmative Action post-Hopwood, though it really has not done much for minority enrollment.

There is not a lot of tension between minority and majority groups on campus. Many minority groups tend to keep to themselves on campus. Some groups on campus, Student Government being one of them, want to force a mandatory diversity class on all students. This will not likely help relations on campus and has resulted in a number of heated debate in the campus newspaper, the Daily Texan, for months. It seems at times that the Administration caters too much to minority groups on campus. There are special groups on campus that focus on increasing minority enrollment and starting programs to get students from high schools that are not typically represented at UT. There are several majors dealing with African American studies, Asian American Studies, Mexican American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. So, if one positive, minority students who do get accepted into UT certainly won’t find a biased course catalog.

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: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 16%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 19%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Austin is pretty cool, and it’s definitely the liberal bubble of Texas, so the gay acceptance is probably higher here than anywhere else in Texas. There are gay organizations on campus such as She Says, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Students Association, Rainbow Summit, OUTlaw, MBA OUTsource, and even an all-gay fraternity, the Delta Lambda Phi Colony. But again, there are definitely the more conservative students on campus who may not be as open-minded. Over all, UT is pretty tolerant.
Political Activity
Very high on the UT campus. Austin is a very liberal town and UT is a very liberal campus. However, the conservatives also have their voice. One of the biggest controversies on campus every year comes from a conservative group, Justice for All, an anti-abortion group. And on the liberal side, Guadalupe was shut down from MLK to Dean Keeton for six hours in spring of 2003 during an anti-war protest.
Economic Status
There are definitely all levels of economic status here at UT. It depends on where you look as to what kind of impression you get about the economic status here. There are wealthy students, students from middle-class families, and students with very little money. With 50,000 students, there are obviously going to be great disparities in the economic status of the students here. Some students are completely funded by financial aid, while others pay their way by working their way through college, and then there are students completely funded by their parents.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is pretty popular on campus. There are several churches on campus, and you will often see people on campus passing out bibles or preaching. This is in addition to the many Christian groups that can be found on campus. There are a lot of Jewish students at UT, with Hillel just across the street and several organizations on campus. The Church of Scientology is one you can’t miss, as it is huge and directly across from campus, so if that interests you, they are always recruiting. Many students are non-religious, or at least, they do not go to church regularly while at school here. But if you are looking for some religion, check out the booths on the West Mall, ask friends in the dorm where they go to church, attend Greek bible studies, or just look around campus or in the phone book. You can try a different church every weekend for months.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Asian American Relations Group, Asian Pacific American Coalition, Beta Alpha Psi, Black Health Professions Organization, Hillel Jewish Students Association, Hindu Students Council, Indian Cultural Association, Indian Graduate Business Association, Jewish MBA Association, Latin American Linguists and Anthropologists, Longhorn American Indian Council, Longhorn College Chapter of the N.A.A.C.P., Mexican Student Association, Minority Culture Committee, Minority Women Pursuing Law, Multicultural Awareness Society, Queer People of Color, S.E.E.D. (Society Encouraging Excellence through Diversity), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Student Recruitment and Orientation Committee, Thurgood Marshall Legal Society
Did You Know?
Students represent all 254 counties in Texas, all 50 states and 115 foreign countries.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 51 responses

  • 90% No
  • 2% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 6% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 2% 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 202 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 201 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 44% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 208 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 207 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 51 responses

  • 71% No
  • 14% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 12% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 2% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 2% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 51 responses

  • 20% Republican
  • 24% Democratic
  • 24% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 29% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 50 responses

  • 60% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 20% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 4% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 16% 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 51 responses

  • 61% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 37% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 50 responses

  • 28% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 14% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 36% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 22% 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 202 responses

  • 62% Very accepting.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% 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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