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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus, but the different ethnicities tend to form their own clicks and stick together.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have not noticed anything to lead me to believe that people are not accepting.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of ethnic organizations exist for students, but about 80% student body is white.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: Its a very mixed society. Great.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Bloomington is probably the most socially liberal place in the city of Indiana. It's nice to be surrounded by so many different races and cultures.


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  • 177th
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  • 737th
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  • 1215th
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Andrew Belsky/Chelsea Demarris
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Diversity at IU has evolved and continues to adapt with the times. While there is still an obvious white majority on campus, the numbers are slowly shifting to include more students from various backgrounds. Everyone is considered equal here, whether you're the only student from your particular background or one of 3,000. Everybody has the same opportunities, and it is up to the individual to go after the opportunities offered.

IU still has a long way to go to catch up with the diversity found in other schools, but the University is trying awfully hard to overcome the single-mindedness of some of the locals here and elsewhere in the nearby Bible Belt. Overall, though, minority students should feel just as comfortable here as anyone would, and there are plenty of organizations to reinforce that feeling.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 17%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Gay pride is always well received on campus, allowing for students of all sexual orientation to live their lives without overt discrimination. IU has a GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) student support service center for students who have questions or need assistance from people who understand these issues. Also, IU recently hosted the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference in 2009.
Political Activity
IU has seen a great deal of political activity in the past years, and the students and teachers are not shy about sharing their beliefs. The 2008 election invoked a plethora of political discussions in public forums and classrooms. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton visited IU during the most recent primaries, and President Obama made a return visit during his presidential campaign. Those who enjoy politics and sharing their own views should not fear being ostracized on campus.
Economic Status
There is a large range of economic backgrounds among students, varying from those surviving almost entirely on loans and grants to those whose parents take care of the credit card tab. However, the majority of students fall right in the middle of the economic landscape, with an average car and some extra cash for beer, pizza, coffee, and a couple miscellaneous items every month. Many students nab a part time job in order to keep some extra cash coming in, which is never a bad idea if it doesn't get in the way of studying.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is clearly predominant, and there are many Christian groups and clubs, but there are also representatives from all major religions on campus, with just as many groups and clubs.
Minority Clubs on Campus
These clubs are just as integral to the soul of IU as non-minority clubs and make themselves heard just as well. There’s a Latino fraternity, a Muslim Student Union, a Black Culture Center, and many other groups.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 133 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 132 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 137 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 136 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 133 responses

  • 56% Very accepting.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
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