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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: I've never seen so many white people in one area. I'm mixed race; my mom is Asian and my dad is white. I'm from a very diverse area, so going to BYUI was a bit of a shock. First week of the semester, one of my roommates made an Asian joke. I had a white roommate that would use the n-word on occasion. There are associations for the many different ethnic groups, which is nice, but there is still a lot of intolerance and close-mindedness. Not to say that everyone on campus is openly racist, there are just small pockets of people who do it. Because of the LDS presence, there is virtually nothing about LGBT community anywhere. Students who identify as part of the LGBT community have an unspoken "don't ask don't tell" policy. I have never met an openly gay student on campus. I think no one has spoken out about it in fear of intolerance.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Although almost every single student here is LDS, there is a very diversified population with different races, opinions, ideas, political beliefs, country origins, and so much more!

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5 College Student

Diversity: There are so many international students on campus. They come from all over the world; literally.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a great deal of diversity, which makes it great to come to. Because we all have the same belief it helps a lot.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We are all over the world on campus. but we accept and love each other the same

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Because of the strong international influence of The Church of Latter-day Saints and BYU-Idaho affiliation with The Church, LDS members come from around the world to attend BYU-Idaho. Many cultures are introduced to students through the influence of international students. Brigham Young University-Idaho strongly encourages students to organize groups that center on different cultures of the world. A very large percentage of the male students has served a two-year mission, where each goes anywhere in the world to spend time serving people. These young men bring back different languages and cultures with them to the school, sharing what they learned with others.

The Church teaches love for all of God’s children and respect for every individual’s culture and beliefs; the University holds true to this teaching. Even though the school has a high percentage of students who belong to the Church, many non-members are admitted to the school, as well, as long as they commit to live the standards established by the school’s Honor Code. Students from all cultural and religious backgrounds find a pleasant welcome from the student body and students interested in their beliefs and where they came from.

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
7%
International
6%
Native American
1%
White
81%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
82%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 33%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 30%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
17%
Male Faculty
83%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 1%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 98%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
BYU-Idaho recognizes marriage as being solely between a man and woman. Gay relationships violate the Honor Code, just as any sexual activity before marriage does.
Political Activity
There are different political groups like College Republicans and College Democrats at BYU-Idaho.
Economic Status
Students primarily come from middle-class families. There isn't much, if any, segregation between lower- and higher-class students.
Most Common Religions
Students are primarily practicing members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Because the school is affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is a private school, many of the activities and events center around the teachings of this religion.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority clubs established on campus, and students who want to propose creating a new club can do so.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 192 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 2% Liberal
  • 21% Moderate
  • 46% Conservative
  • 12% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 285 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 1% Liberal
  • 10% Moderate
  • 41% Conservative
  • 28% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 290 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 157 responses

  • 52% Republican
  • 4% Democratic
  • 24% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 17% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 111 responses

  • 8% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 16% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 24% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 51% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 158 responses

  • 8% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 13% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 26% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 53% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 191 responses

  • 47% Very accepting.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 9% It's hard to be a minority here.

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