Empathy is one aspect of social and emotional intelligence that has an important role in a person's life. Empathy makes a person sensitive to the needs and feelings of others, encourages helping people who are in distress or pain, and helping someone to treat them with compassion. The ability to empathize with other people must be developed continuously throughout human life. This paper aims to discuss more deeply the description of the empathy of Padang State University (UNP) students, then look at the differences in empathy between male and female students. Data were collected using a scale of empathy measurement to 165 undergraduate students (S1). The data were analyzed using descriptive statistical tests and comparative tests using the T-test formula. Based on the results of research and discussion, it can be concluded that the empathy of Padang State University (UNP) students is in the low category and the empathy of male students is lower than female students. Advice was given to UNP student development organizations in order to increase student empathy through proper student coaching programs.
emotional intelligence, empathy, social intelligence