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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: A good amount of foreign students are accepted, and while the majority of students are heterosexual people are still given respect and friendship regardless of orientation.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Okay, so it doesn't have the largest variety, but I've always felt it is a very accepting school . Despite being a religious university, I've met several students who are not of the same religious beliefs who enjoy being here and felt included at the school

4 College Junior

Diversity: BYU has international students from around the world providing an enriching cultural experience to all students. The school has limited diversity in religion and values simply because it is a private school run by the LDS church. Even the non LDS students tend to share in ablot of the values we promote on our campus which is why they choose to come to BYU.

As far as sexual orientation we do not discriminate against those who have same sex attraction etc. However we view it as an adversity and it is totally fine as long as one does not act out on it. You won't see to men flirting with each or 2 girls out on a date at our school. Just like smoking may be a temptation for some it's considered fine to have the temptation but not to act on it.

We have students from just about every economic background and we all come together as one group with a shared identity as brothers and sisters where riches or lack there of do not matter.

1 College Junior

Diversity: Ya, we're all basically the same.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Obviously BYU is not the most diverse of universities, but everyone is very tolerant of other beliefs and cultures.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Caitlin Bronson
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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 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 228 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 228 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 38% Very conservative
  • 49% Conservative
  • 7% Moderate
  • 4% Not sure
  • 2% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 232 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 231 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 5 responses

  • 60% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Republican
  • 0% Democratic
  • 40% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 0% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 100% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% 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.
  • 0% 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 5 responses

  • 0% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% 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.
  • 80% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 20% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 0% 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 228 responses

  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% 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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