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Diversity: There's a good mix of people

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Diversity: I don't judge and I think 99% of the people at UWM don't judge either.

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Diversity: Diversity is really promoted on campus - when we came in for orientation, they flat out told us that it was expected that we accept everyone for who they are. It's great!

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Diversity: I would love to have a more diverse friend group, but most ethnic groups tend to co-mingle without interacting with other groups...

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The ethnic heritage may not be super diverse on campus but everyone is accepted and treated equally

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When it comes to campus diversity, for students, it’s more about how you define the term diversity. For those addressing differing personality and lifestyles, Madison is the leader of diversity. This is partly the result of campus-size. With over 45,000 students and hundreds of academic programs, people with every type of quirky element are drawn to UW. More so, many different organizations and clubs are set up to foster and nurture such contrasting people.

Racially, though, UW is less diverse. In the past two years, UW has gone up two percent in terms of diversity, as approximately 12.5 percent of students fall into minority categories, up from 10 percent in 2006. There is a growing trend of more international and study abroad students as well. Some students still find this statistic unfortunately low, however, and link it to the university’s Midwest location. But though UW's minority student population may be small, it is very strong in terms of presence. Many of the diversity clubs at the university are the ones offering the most activities and opportunities to students. These clubs will often hold information fairs, social gatherings, debate forums, and educational seminars. One downside is that students don’t feel minority groups spend much time on recruitment.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 30%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 18%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
There is a high acceptance for those who are lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender. LBGT is an organization geared specifically towards this student population. They hold information fairs, dances, and activity nights, as well as offering counseling services and support groups to students.
Political Activity
Due to the University’s liberal nature, UW and political activity share a long and colorful history. Since the school’s opening, students have been notorious for forming political rallies and protests. The presidential election between Obama and McCain was a prominent and heavily debated topic on campus. After the election, students spontaneously marched from the Capitol to Bascom Hill. There are several student organizations on campus like the College Republicans, Africa without Borders, the Central Asia Student Association, and the European Union Club.
Economic Status
While students’ financial backgrounds are as varied as the students themselves, a majority of people do come from middle- to upper-class families. Even so, many students depend on loans, government aid, part-time jobs, and scholarships to lessen the financial burdens of college expenses.
Most Common Religions
It’s hard to say that any one religion is more ‘popular’ than another. The student population is filled with those who are Lutheran, Catholic, Jewish, non-denominational, and anything else you can imagine. As a result, there are worshipping facilities for almost every religious sect.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Student organizations exist everywhere at UW and for almost any cause. Notably, 150 of those groups fall into the culture/ethnic category. There are groups for those who want to share their love of hip-hop, to those of Middle Eastern descent. The Multicultural Student Coalition is one of the more prominent groups on campus. They offer informational fairs, guest speakers, educational forums, and have massed a large student base. However, many of these clubs do not spend much time recruiting others. In the end, it is really up to the individual to find their cause or club.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 27 responses

  • 96% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 4% 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 99 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 11% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 98 responses

  • 18% Progressive/very liberal
  • 53% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 102 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 101 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 28 responses

  • 75% No
  • 4% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 21% 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 27 responses

  • 19% Republican
  • 48% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 11% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 27 responses

  • 78% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 4% 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.
  • 11% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 7% 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 28 responses

  • 61% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 39% 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 27 responses

  • 4% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 4% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 37% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 56% 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 99 responses

  • 52% Very accepting.
  • 41% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.


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