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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: diversity is okay but some people still aren't as accepted as others are. it all depends

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: This school definitely has the most diversity of any school i've attended, and it is all very accepted.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: To be honest i really didn't pay any attention. I just concentrated on getting to class, studying and keeping up with athletics. I was too busy to really notice

4 College Junior

Diversity: My school is deemed as one of the top schools "with International Reach." This means we gladly invite and accept students from other countries to come study at Western. So we do have a lot of International students and students of minority, but it is very split still. Most people of the same ethnicity/race stick with one another, but they don't seem to mind that. I don't think many people try to reach out of their ethnic group, but if they did I don't think they would be treated badly. I believe the same goes for students with different political beliefs and religion. Students like this typically hang out with one another, but will not shun someone just because they have different views.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse. With over 20,000 students on campus anyone day, diversity from all over the world is apparent and fun. Learning about different people, their beliefs, culture, and lifestyle is cool. This also builds experience for the real world after college.

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WKU is the proud home of many different kinds of people—international students, an active GLBT community, students of many different ethnicities, church-goers, atheists, students from all points of the political spectrum, both rich and poor, from big cities and small towns. College is meant to be a place where students can experience new things and open their minds to new ideas. For this to occur, students need a diverse campus with people from all different walks of life, a campus like WKU.

Whether students want to branch out and meet international students through English conversation or come together with people of like beliefs for a Bible study, WKU provides the opportunities for students to reach out and fit in.

Facts & Statistics

African American
11%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
2%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
78%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
24%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • Tennessee
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 20%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
49%
Male Faculty
51%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 85%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The GLBT community at WKU is very active. Their organization, the Student Identity Outreach, actively promotes equality between sexual orientations and provides lots of activities for GLBT students and those who support them. Their most recent activity was a protest with other students to get the University to enact domestic partner benefits for faculty and staff at WKU. They were successful.
Political Activity
There are people with all political tendencies found on campus, though the most vocal students tend to be those on the left.
Economic Status
Students at WKU come from all different economic statuses. The low tuition here attracts people universally, from people whose parents bought them a new Mustang for graduation to those who can't afford those types of luxuries. Besides the low tuition, there are many scholarships and grants available to offset the costs. Many people take advantage of KEES money (if they are from Kentucky), Pell Grants, or scholarships based on academic or athletic merit.
Most Common Religions
Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM) and Campus Crusade for Christ are both very active on campus. There are campus groups and Bible studies available for any kind of denomination.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many different minority clubs active on campus. The Korean Student Association, International Club, and Black Student Alliance all provide friendly atmospheres that promote diversity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 88 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 12% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 24% Conservative
  • 6% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 118 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 12% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 41% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 120 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

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

  • 33% Republican
  • 37% Democratic
  • 16% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 8% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 37 responses

  • 30% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 54% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 16% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 51 responses

  • 22% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 59% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 20% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 88 responses

  • 57% Very accepting.
  • 36% 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.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
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