Diversity

Location
Champaign, IL
Undergrads
31,118
Tuition (in-state)
$28,664 ($14,522)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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2 College Senior

Diversity: The acceptance of different ethnicities (especially Asian-Americans or international students) is very low. Racism is still an issue here.

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3 College Student

Diversity: The school is pretty diverse. Not too much intolerance.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are pockets of people who are really trying to make the university diverse and pleasant for all people but their efforts aren't enough. There is a "house" (a place to hang out and where relevant events are hosted) for each minority: Latino/a, Asian, Native American, African American, and LGBT and there are programs/groups which fight for equal treatment, but there are a lot of insensitive redneck idiots who say and do hurtful things, even targeted at Chancellor Wise recently. I wouldn't say that the university as a whole supports racism, but they could do more to fight it, certainly.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are people from various different parts of the world

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many seminars that explore diversity.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Thiersch
Hometown
Wilmette, Ill.
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Opinions on the diversity of U of I's student body really depend on the type of students you ask. A minority student will say that the campus is not diverse, but a white student will generally say the campus is very diverse. The truth is that a large percentage of the students are white, while there is less than 10 percent each of African Americans and Hispanics. However, for being located in central Illinois, these statistics are rather impressive. Moreover, the University has one of the highest international student enrollments in the country—10th among public universities—due to the prestige of its engineering and business programs. Efforts are made to reach minority students, and cultural events and art shows give much needed attention to non-white students. There are many groups that connect UIUC students to international students, as well as dozens of minority student organizations that are very active on campus and frequently host events or put on shows.

A big debate on campus in 2007 was the issue of the Chief mascot. The campus was divided over this issue, which the NCAA resolved by eliminating such mascots for several colleges. Critics claimed that the practice took a sacred Native American tradition and used it for sport, while supporters claimed it was a respectful dance, a harmless tradition, and a priceless institution. Currently, the University will retain the “Illini” and “Fighting Illini” nicknames. Hopefully, the change will allow former critics to feel more comfortable.

Facts & Statistics

African American
6%
Asian
13%
Hispanic
7%
International
13%
Native American
0%
White
58%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
24%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 17%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
34%
Male Faculty
66%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 73%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Groups like PFLAG and LGBT encourage tolerance, and there are SafeZones on campus. On the other hand, the gay community is not very outspoken.
Political Activity
Most of the campus is socially and politically liberal. However, these views are rarely expressed in rallies or protests, and are for the most part confined to the opinions section of the student newspaper.
Economic Status
U of I is predominantly a middle-class environment. People generally come from small or medium-sized cities throughout Illinois.
Most Common Religions
Groups like InterVarsity and Campus Crusade for Christ, as well as Bible study groups, actively recruit students. The Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers group occasionally engages in panel discussions with Christian groups, encouraging theological discussion among students.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs are active on campus. There are fraternities and sororities for different ethnicities, and the campus hosts multicultural events to encourage diversity and education.
Did You Know?
The University of Illinois has the largest Greek system in the country, in terms of the sheer volume of organizations.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 154 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 27% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 153 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 33% Not sure
  • 28% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 153 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 152 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 154 responses

  • 2% 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.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 47% Very accepting.

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