Diversity

Location
Dekalb, IL
Undergrads
14,494
Tuition (in-state)
$22,554 ($13,066)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from everywhere and that is what I love.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Average for a state campus

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: My school is diverse but we still have that problem with separation at times.

3 College Senior

Diversity: Religion and sexual orientation are not a problem

College Senior

Diversity: I am not involved in anything on campus, and I also don't have any friends that go here, so I couldn't tell you.

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  • 431st
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  • 724th
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  • 965th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

There is a good mix of men and women, although the latter do outnumber the former slightly. Most NIU students hail from middle class households, which means you don't run into a lot of spoiled brats on campus. There is a sizeable gay population, but they aren't as visible as perhaps they could be. Politically, most students are liberal, but there are a growing number of students who are quite proud to be conservative. Like many Midwestern universities, NIU could do better when it comes to diversity, but it still earns a high grade for how well various ethnicities, orientations, and backgrounds are represented and treated. It never feels like the student population is 70 percent white. Instead, cultural groups like the Black Student Union do an excellent job of making themselves visible, and resources like the Center for Latinos and Latin American Studies help by improving retention rates. In fact, students that come from largely white high schools might find themselves in for a big cultural shock as they adjust to their surroundings. But diversity is an essential part of the collegiate experience and a very healthy thing to be exposed to. And make no mistake, you will meet several people who look and act different than you right away on your dorm floor during freshman year.

Facts & Statistics

African American
15%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
11%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
64%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
5%
Common States of Residence
  • Florida
  • Foreign countries
  • Indiana
  • Minnesota
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 25%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 26%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
46%
Male Faculty
54%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 10%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
While there is always a whiff of homophobia in the air from some of the more ignorant members of the NIU community, most students and administrators are very accepting of gay students and go out of their way to make them feel comfortable. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center is a positive force and advocate, while PRISM is active in programming events. There have been some complaints that the gay community isn’t as vocal and open as it is on other college campuses, though.
Political Activity
Though the majority of the student body is liberal, the NIU Campus Republicans are far more powerful and organized than their democratic counterparts. They control the Student Association and have even won local government races. Still, peace demonstrations are somewhat frequent and well attended. There seems to be an honest effort by students to educate themselves on the issues.
Economic Status
NIU students are decidedly middle class, with many choosing NIU because of its affordability. This makes them more predisposed to be unassuming and mellow. There are the occasional “rich kids” who think they are better than everybody else, but they tend to be the ones who become ostracized.
Most Common Religions
There are several Christian groups on campus that aren't shy about promoting their beliefs. However, there doesn't seem to be a dominant denomination or faith.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Black Student Union wields an incredible amount of power on campus, and they produce strong voter turnouts in campus elections. There are also several Asian American and Latino groups that program events on a regular basis. Some fraternities have a cultural bent.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 80 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 16% Conservative
  • 18% Moderate
  • 24% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 79 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 47% Not sure
  • 25% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 80 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 80 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 80 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 36% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 58% Very accepting.

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