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5 College Freshman

Diversity: We're known for our diversity

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5 College Junior

Diversity: New faces and experiences everywhere!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone here is so very open to different people. There is so much diversity and many different cultures here. So many different foreign exchange students come here and bring their culture for us to experience. You for sure will see something new. Something you'd never expect

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Wayne State is very diverse. I've met students from all types of backgrounds and cultures. I do believe that is a positive attribute of the university

4 College Senior

Diversity: A great research university in a primarily Black city that is also a commuter school (mainly) and a neighbor of the largest Arab community in the country attracts a healthy variety of students.

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Wayne State University is centrally located in Detroit, where there are people from all sorts of ethnic, economic, religious, and sexual backgrounds. Dearborn, a city a few minutes away, has the largest Arabic population in the United States, and WSU has a large Arabic population also. The school has about 35,000 students, so there are plenty of other ethnic backgrounds represented, as well. You will see or meet someone of nearly every imaginable ethnicity or nationality here.

Whatever your background, there is probably a related group or club you can join to help you meet other students with similar backgrounds. Examples include religious groups and the GLBT community. The school embraces this diversity and does things like provide rooms and mats for praying and allow the GLBT community to decorate campus for National Coming Out Day. Also, many international students come to this University because of its research opportunities here. They have the option of living in on-campus housing with their families, which can help ease homesickness since they can make traditional meals and conduct celebrations together. Also, international students can network and meet others who are doing research. Overall, the students here are very tolerant of other cultures and many try to understand and learn about them. It’s a great school for diversity.

Facts & Statistics

African American
24%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
3%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
50%
Unknown
10%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
3%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 25%
25+: 31%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 17%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 0%
White: 68%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There are students here who participate in alternative lifestyles, but nobody really cares because WSU allows everyone to freely express their opinions and views. The student organization Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allies (GLBTA) welcomes members at anytime and is active on campus.
Political Activity
Overall, WSU students seem to be liberal. There are some conservative students, but everyone respects one another. The liberal students seem to be more active on campus, but you don't see them daily.
Economic Status
The WSU student body is very economically diverse. Some lower-income students attend the school for free to help keep students in Detroit, other students are here on full academic scholarships, and some are paying their own way through college.
Most Common Religions
Students here don't seem to be very religious. There are religious organizations on campus, but they don't have a strong presence.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 19 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% 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 92 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 91 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 36% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 92 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 91 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

  • 95% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 5% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

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

  • 11% Republican
  • 53% Democratic
  • 11% Independent
  • 5% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 17 responses

  • 76% 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.
  • 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 18 responses

  • 44% 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.
  • 11% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 6% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 18 responses

  • 22% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 28% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 17% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 33% 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 91 responses

  • 63% Very accepting.
  • 33% 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.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.

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