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Diversity: I think the diversity of Western and Kalamazoo in general is amazing. It's definitely something that's palpable if you submerge yourself into community events, local bars and the arts. The homeless are a little much in the summer down town but during the winter, they aren't too much of a hassle. Politically or religiously, I can't say I've seen many protests, Jehovah Witnesses or any anti- anything so those climates aren't as readable as the acceptance of minorities and special interest groups.

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4 College Junior

Diversity: I love the campus for it's diversity! I've met amazing people from all walks of life at WMU.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a little diversity the population is mostly blacks and whites

3 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone is different, we see that all over campus.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Western offers a large diversity of students


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Diversity is something Western Michigan has plenty of. Western students do not discriminate against others regarding age, ethnicity, gender, sexual preference, or religion, so you can expect to see all types of backgrounds and individuals all over campus. Western has international programs where students from all over the world come to study. Some students come from the Dominican Republic, Japan, China, parts of Europe, the Middle East, and South America.

Overall, there is a huge emphasis on diversity and acceptance at Western, and there are a number of student clubs and organizations designed around such uniqueness. Walking around campus, students can expect to hear a number of languages other than English. However, the highest population of students on campus is Caucasian, even if there is still a good mix of all types of students.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 23%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 18%
Gay Pride
Western is a very diverse university with all types of backgrounds, and is very accepting of the gay community. There are student associations and clubs that support gay rights and host events to raise awareness on campus.
Political Activity
There are a few student organizations affiliated with politics, including the College Republicans and the College Democrats.
Economic Status
Students are mostly middle class.
Most Common Religions
From Christian to Muslim, atheists to agnostics, Western has it all.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Some of the minority clubs on campus include the African Student Association At Western (ASAAW), Arab Student Association, and Collegiate Black and Christian (CBC).

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 30 responses

  • 93% No
  • 3% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 3% 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 89 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 22% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 88 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 38% 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 31 responses

  • 71% No
  • 10% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 10% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 3% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 31 responses

  • 13% Republican
  • 32% Democratic
  • 16% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 32% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 31 responses

  • 84% 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.
  • 6% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 3% 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 31 responses

  • 55% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 3% 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 31 responses

  • 13% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 29% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 29% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 29% 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 89 responses

  • 69% Very accepting.
  • 27% 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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