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Location
Provo, UT
Undergrads
28,338
Tuition
$4,710
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: BYU has a strong respect for people of all races, beliefs, and political views.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: BYU is jokingly know as the school of no minorities, but this is really starting to be false. There are many foreigner students and many students from various ethnic backgrounds

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: If you're looking for diversity, this probably isn't the place. But at the same time BYU campus offers lots of opportunities for those of different background. There are opportunities to learn and immerse yourself in lots of different cultures.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although BYU is a religious and conservative school, most of the students I come in contact seem to be very open minded and understanding towards people who do not have the same beliefs, whether they are religious, political, or ethical. Maybe I have this perspective since most of my friends are in the arts, since I am an Acting major.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Lots of diversity! But not so many homosexuals.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Bronson
Hometown
Graham, Wash.
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BYU is not a culturally diverse campus. The majority of students are white, middle-class Mormon kids. However, it is unlikely that you will go the length of your college career without meeting someone from another country. BYU has a large number of countries represented at the University.

There is also added diversity in the fact that over half of
the students have spent significant time outside of the
United States. It is not uncommon to walk around campus
and hear the boy from your psychology class calling to a friend in Hungarian. So, while the student body is pretty homogenous, you can still have a very diverse experience
at BYU.

Facts & Statistics

African American
0%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
5%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
84%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
67%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 24%
22-24: 35%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
21%
Male Faculty
79%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 95%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Because the BYU Honor Code prohibits students from engaging in homosexual behavior, most gay issues are neither discussed nor acknowledged. Unfortunately, many students are left to deal with these issues on their own. No kind of student organization exists. However, a recent study done by the Psychology Department has shown that BYU students who have a gay friend or family member tend to be more accepting than those who do not. So, while not endorsed by the University, there are plenty of students more accepting of homosexual individuals than one would imagine.
Political Activity
Voting research studies have ranked Provo as the most conservative city in America for several years running, so it follows that Brigham Young University is overwhelmingly conservative as well. However, both College Republicans and College Democrats have clubs on campus that sponsor events and parties. BYU also has a chapter of Amnesty International which sponsors events and tries to spread awareness of international issues. BYU sponsors and distributes the BYU Political Review, a student-run paper which publishes articles by students dealing with political topics. Political activity understandably peaks during election years.
Economic Status
Most students are middle class, upper-middle class, and upper class. Students are usually separated by economic class depending on where they live. Certain apartment complexes or condos have a reputation for the economic class of the students living there; this means that student wards are also often economically similar.
Most Common Religions
Unsurprisingly, most BYU students are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, it's rare to graduate from BYU without meeting at least one or two people who aren't Mormon.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Clubs and organizations are huge on campus, with over 360 clubs total. Since there is a large majority of the student body that has lived abroad, there is a lot of acceptance and support of minority groups. Clubs such as the Black Student Union, the Brazilian Association, and the Chinese Student and Scholar Association highlight some of the many available options for minority clubs. Minority wards such as the Asian ward are also available for church.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 220 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure
  • 14% Very conservative
  • 43% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 5% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 219 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 38% Very conservative
  • 49% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 4% Not sure
  • 2% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 219 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 219 responses

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

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 220 responses

  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 39% Very accepting.

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