Diversity

Location
Salt Lake City, UT
Undergrads
17,518
Tuition (in-state)
$22,642 ($7,139)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a ton of foreign exchange students here. And not everyone is the same political or religious background. There are also different sexual orientations.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: A lot of the students are white Mormons. They don't say or do anything bad to others, but there is an extreme lack of diversity at this school.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I actually feel like some of the minorities actually receive favoritism or special attention from faculty because of the newly raised issues, not upon merit.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The U's campus is a very diverse place and has many different ethnic groups.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a lot more diversity here and more acceptance of people which I really enjoy about this place.

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  • 363rd
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  • 1004th
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  • 1033rd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brian Washburn
Hometown
Salt Lake City, UT
Major
Marketing/Finance
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The U of U is a great place if you want diversity in the Mountain West. Most people this side of the Mississippi are of European decent, and Utah is no different. However, the U of U attracts people from all corners of the globe. You will be able to find people from all sorts of different backgrounds.  

When most people think of Utah, they think of the Mormons. This is true—there are a lot of Mormons. However, most of the Mormon zealots attend BYU, which leaves those who are more socially open to attend the U, which creates an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding. Therefore, more people who want to experience what the great state has to offer attend the U. Those who are closed-minded attend BYU. On the flip side, the U's professors are mostly white. There are not many faculty members that come from different parts of the world. This could create problems with background and culture biases. 

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
7%
International
5%
Native American
1%
White
74%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
29%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Idaho
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 17%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 26%
25+: 37%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 9%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 12%
Gay Pride
Since 2001, the U has had a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center, and the U participates in National Coming Out Week in October. Pink triangles (indicating "safe zones") are displayed around campus, notably at the UUPD. The U goes out of its way to voice support for hate-crime legislation. The only anti-gay hate crime in recent memory was a defaced campaign poster for a homosexual candidate for student elections.
Political Activity
Utah is one of the most conservative states in the Union. Consequently, the majority of resident students reflects the conservative atmosphere. However, the U of U is one of the most liberal places in Utah, being located in the heart of a growing liberal Salt Lake City. This surprises some people because Utah is so conservative. The U also has one of the best political centers in the state: the Hinckley Institute of Politics is very good with working with students to get involved in politics. They have guest speakers from all over the world, and overall, the institute is pretty top-notch.
Economic Status
The U of U student population comes from a wide variety of economic backgrounds. It's not simply a question of "rich kids" from the East Side and "poor kids" from the West Side. Many U students are newly married, have families, are professionals taking a few classes, or are housewives who've come back to school to finally complete their degree now that the kids are out of the house. Economically, the U's a rich tapestry of diversity. For example, the U administration estimates that around 75 percent of undergrads work at least 10 hours per week and that around 25 percent work 30 or more hours per week.
Most Common Religions
With Salt Lake City as the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it’s not surprising that a large plurality of students on campus belong to this church. The LDS Church owns an Institute of Religion across the street from the southern periphery of campus, and about 5,000 U students attend religion classes there. However, immediately around campus, there are also centers for students from other religions, notably the Jewish Community Center and the Catholic Newman Center.
Minority Clubs on Campus
A sampling of minority clubs includes the Asian American Student Association, the Black Student Union, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Hong Kong Student Alliance, the Lesbian and Gay Student Union, the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (MEChA), the Voices for Palestine, and the Women’s Law Caucus.
Did You Know?
The University of Utah has one of the largest LGBT organizations in the state.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 113 responses

  • 3% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 27% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 18% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 111 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 44% Moderate
  • 15% Not sure
  • 25% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 112 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 110 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 113 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% 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.
  • 53% Very accepting.

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