Diversity

Location
Minneapolis, MN
Undergrads
29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Senior

Diversity: there are many different people from all over

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of international students but when I look around in most of my classes I just see a sea of white people.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: While I will say that the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is pretty dominated by white people of Nordic descent, there are tons and tons of other ethnicities and cultures that are active on the campus. For instance, the Hmong, Indians, Chinese, and Vietnamese are just a few examples of the very active sub cultures that are available for one to participate in while on campus. Additionally, as one might imagine, having such a diverse amount of students also leads to great diversity in socioeconomic status, origin, and religion. Furthermore, it's not like there are cliques between the races - everyone is very accepting of everybody else, regardless of what color you are, who you worship (or don't worship), what you do in your free time, your sexual orientation, and everyone is very friendly to just about everybody else.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a LGBT organization. We have many different religion clubs. There is diversity and acceptance.

2 College Senior

Diversity: Honestly, this is one of the biggest downfalls for the U of M. The diversity is a bit lacking. The majority of students are either White or Asian. There is some ethnic, religious and sexual orientation diversity. However, economic background seems to be middle to upper class, with a large majority of upper middle class individuals.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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The University of Minnesota is a diverse campus. People from all different racial backgrounds, nationalities, economic classes, religious and political beliefs, and sexual preferences are inhabitants here. People from every corner of the world are invited to study at U of M, and reversely, American students can do a semester or two in a study abroad program. Therefore, diversity is a big contributor to the campus culture. Although the campus population is most prominently Caucasian, minorities are also welcomed. The mesh of cultures makes a new divergent culture of its own at U of M. Students are friends with people of different races, nationalities, sexualities—you name it. Students are encouraged to maintain their unique identity, while adapting to new ideas around them.

The campus is very tolerant of any differences in views of the minorities. For example, religious holidays, for any culture, are considered excused absences from class. Different student organizations also branch out to spread their native culture around the U. The second and third floors of Coffman Memorial Union are known for housing diverse groups; however, due to the big size of U of M, many students end up sticking with people of their own culture because they feel comfortable there. But even then, the campus environment is all inclusive and provides many opportunities to meet different people every day.

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
8%
Hispanic
3%
International
7%
Native American
0%
White
69%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
37%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 20%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Gay tolerance at the University of Minnesota is commendable. There are a lot of groups that support gay pride such as Biversity and "Queer" clubs, and the University even offers a GLBT minor. The campus environment is strict about harassment, although such cases are very uncommon. The GLBTA program office offers awards to its students, as well as leadership experience and resources to support students and their lifestyle preferences. Minneapolis has one of the largest gay communities in the United States. The city holds a gay pride parade and festival every year, and many heterosexual people support the cause with great enthusiasm.
Political Activity
The University of Minnesota is very politically active. More than 36 political and social action organizations. Many of these political groups are visibly active on campus and do much to raise the awareness of their fellow students. Students are handed down information and reminded to vote when the time comes. The U of M isn't affiliated one way or another, and Minnesota is a blue state. Therefore, the urban environment makes it a liberal school.
Economic Status
There is no dominating class. Students come on scholarships-need and/or merit based-and other sorts of financial aid. Other students can pay their full-year tuition in one bill. There isn't any line that distinguishes one class from another. Everyone seems equal in their matching Gopher apparel.
Most Common Religions
Because the University of Minnesota is a public institution, there is no main or popular religion. The University of Minnesota is religiously diverse and religion-tolerant. All religions and spiritual beliefs are accepted, and numerous religions have student organizations, in order to make a student feel a part of a smaller community in a very large school setting. Many times, people hand out Bibles and other religious texts on campus, but a student can politely say "No, thank you" without feeling bad.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are more than 150 student organizations dedicated to culture and diversity. These organizations bond nationalities, religions, sexual preferences, disabled cultures, and political views. Students are almost guaranteed to find a group that is either their religion of choice or their nationality on campus. If for some reason there isn't a club for a specific minority, it can easily be started by gathering a few people and petitioning to form a new official student organization.
Did You Know?
The University of Minnesota offers undergrad and graduate degrees to its international students, as well. International students can meet a U of M representative in their own country. There are special programs to help integrate new students from diverse backgrounds into the Gopher territory. A summer buddy program, for example, assigns a U of M student to be a pen pal or "email friend" to an international student who will be attending the U in the following fall. International students have their own orientation and get campus tours. There are scholarships available specifically for international students, as well.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 137 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 23% Moderate
  • 32% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 137 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 25% Moderate
  • 16% Not sure
  • 47% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 138 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 137 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 138 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 63% Very accepting.

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