Walking around campus, it's fairly easy to spot students and professors from many different backgrounds. Although many IUP students come from what might be considered the "standard" Caucasian middle-class background, every group from gay and lesbian to Asian and Middle Eastern is represented. There is a strong sense of community and brotherhood among the members of these groups. They tend to socialize a lot with each other and identify more easily within their groups. There are numerous clubs and organizations that represent students from minority groups, including the Latino Student Association and the Chinese Student Association, although these groups are not nearly as prevalent on campus as other groups like Greek organizations or religious clubs.
In general, IUP students are accepting of people from various walks of life. There have been a number of student-run events in recent months that demonstrate a strong movement toward acceptance of students from the LGBT community. In addition, students don't show bias toward people of different economic backgrounds. As a public university, IUP draws many students who could not otherwise afford a private university. Students are aware of this and accept it.