Diversity

Location
Ames, IA
Undergrads
26,103
Tuition (in-state)
$19,838 ($7,726)
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
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3 College Junior

Diversity: The majority of students come from small town Iowa, but there is still diversity.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Here at Iowa State the diversity is at it's max. There are International students and exchange students wherever you go. The acceptance, I'd say is pretty good. As a minority I have never felt like I was discriminated by my ethnicity. For sexual orientation there are many programs, frats, sorors that provide support to LGBTQIA.

4 College Junior

Diversity: When I am in classes and around campus I see a lot of people from different countries and am able to talk with a lot of people with different economic backgrounds, religions, and sexual orientations. Iowa State seems very accepting when it comes to diversity.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The number of cultures i see on campus daily are so diverse it would be near impossible to not find someone with the close to the same situation, religion, political views, culture, race, ethnicity, etc. that you have.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many international students. I'm in a scholarship program for multicultural students. There are so many resources for anyone feeling discouraged about their ethnicity.

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Staci Harper
Major
English/Rhetorical Studies/Speech minor
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While it is true that a vast majority of students that attends Iowa State University is white, there is some diversity on campus, and it is celebrated. Iowa State is a very welcoming and accepting place, as it always has been. In 1891, George Washington Carver became the first African American to attend the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Carver excelled at Iowa State and was active in all aspects of campus life, such as the YMCA, the debate club, athletics, and he was captain of the campus military regiment. He eventually became the first African American faculty member at Iowa State.

If you're looking for a campus of like-minded individuals who will rally together for a cause, Iowa State is not the place for you. You can always count on others having the same beliefs or background as you, but it won't necessarily be a majority of the campus. The population at Iowa State is predominantly white, but few students will feel out of place because of their ethnicity, religion, or interests. If a large population of ethnic diversity is immensely important to you, Iowa State may not be the right place. On the other hand, while it isn't a widely diverse atmosphere, ISU is a very accepting place. People from all walks of life are welcomed and even celebrated at Iowa State.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
4%
International
8%
Native American
0%
White
78%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
39%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 72%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Although few hate crimes occur on campus, there is a support center for homosexual students. LGBTSS (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services) offers support, education, and advocacy on homosexual, bisexual, and transgender issues for students.
Political Activity
Many different political affiliations are represented on campus, through student organizations like the College Republicans and College Democrats, to name a few.
Economic Status
Most of the students at Iowa State University come from pretty humble origins. A lot of students come from farming backgrounds, so don't expect to see a lot of "rich kids" on this campus. While there are some, the majority is just trying to get by.
Most Common Religions
There are several Christian organizations throughout campus, but other religions have organizations of their own, too.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although a vast majority of Iowa State students is white, clubs do exist for minority students, including African Students Association, Asian Pacific American Awareness Coalition, and more. Almost every background is represented.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 95 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 21% Conservative
  • 35% Moderate
  • 20% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 95 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 32% Not sure
  • 21% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 94 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 94 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 96 responses

  • 0% 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.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 58% Very accepting.

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