Normal, IL
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$20,016 ($12,726)
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4 College Junior

Diversity: There is not great diversity, but there is some. There is however, more acceptance than not.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: we have a great diversity here at ISU and you can see it when you walk on the quad or attend the games. You can even see it in all the events we have and clubs that are available

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is somewhat diverse

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a great deal of diversity here and instances of intolerance are few and far between.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: No matter where you go there is a huge diversity; from classes to clubs to parties. And everyone is accepted.


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Elizabeth Nelligan
Lake Zurich, IL
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It is evident that there is not a large mix of ethnicities walking along the sidewalks of the quad in between classes. Most students that attend ISU are either from the suburbs of Chicago or rural Illinois. Although there is little diversity among the student body, ISU strives to offer a supportive and diverse environment with help from the Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics & Access. This office is responsible for monitoring the policies of the University. There is also a Diversity Advocacy unit that helps underrepresented students by providing them with cultural experiences, diversity education, and student development. There are a number of awards and scholarships offered to students who demonstrate an impact on the campus community.

There are also many registered student organizations that focus on diversity, such as the Black Student Union (BSU) and People Realizing Individuality and Diversity through Education (PRIDE). There is a large community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) students (along with student allies) that provide assistance to students in need. Not only are there a large number of churches both on and off campus, but there are also a large number of religious groups that meet, such as campus ministries and Campus Crusades for Christ. No matter what diversity issue intrigues you, there is something for everyone at ISU.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Iowa
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 41%
22-24: 21%
25+: 7%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 84%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
ISU is very respectful of sexual orientation, and most students at ISU accept everyone for who they are and do not discriminate. There is a large gay community around ISU that offers support to students that need it. People Realizing Individuality and Diversity through Education (PRIDE) is one of the student organizations that helps to educate the campus on diversity.
Political Activity
The campus is generally a liberal campus, and many political parties keep to themselves. However, ISU does have student organizations, such as the College Democrats and the College Republicans, that spread their views around campus.
Economic Status
Many ISU students hail from the suburbs of Chicago, so the economic status is mostly middle class. Generally, economic status is not an issue on campus, as it's difficult to tell where a student is from based on appearance.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is the most common religion on campus, and students are able to find many student organizations that have religious affiliations. Many of their activities are publicized on campus, but it is not overbearing. At times, though, a variety of religious leaders protest on the quad.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are a few well-known minority clubs, such as the Black Student Union, Association of Latin American Students, and Asian Pacific American Coalition. There are also a few sororities and fraternities dedicated to different cultures.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 87 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 17% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 18% Liberal
  • 10% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 87 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 36% Not sure
  • 21% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 87 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 86 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 88 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 6% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 44% Very accepting.



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