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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The most abundant diversity is probably political. I have friends with all sorts of political beliefs. Religion is hardly diverse because this is a church school. Economic background is slightly diverse. I would say that most students come from rich families. There are a lot of students that have lower income, but I would say that the culture at the school stems from wealth.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of cookie cutter Mormons. Lots and lots and lots. There is a USGA (pretty much a Gay Straight Alliance) that is super big on campus. I love seeing even just a little bit of diversity in that way. My roommates and I used to compare how many black people we saw on campus each day because there were so few.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: You wouldn't be surprised to hear 5 different languages spoken on your way to class. BYU has a great program for international students. Most of the students are LDS, but many aren't. BYU is also a more liberal school (for conservative Mormons, that is) so you get many different types of political affiliations, although most are republican.

3 College Junior

Diversity: It is a LDS school, so basically everyone there is a member.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It's mormon. Surprise (with sarcasm)

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BYU is not a culturally diverse campus. The majority of students are white, middle-class Mormon kids. However, it is unlikely that you will go the length of your college career without meeting someone from another country. BYU has a large number of countries represented at the University.

There is also added diversity in the fact that over half of
the students have spent significant time outside of the
United States. It is not uncommon to walk around campus
and hear the boy from your psychology class calling to a friend in Hungarian. So, while the student body is pretty homogenous, you can still have a very diverse experience
at BYU.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Idaho
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 24%
22-24: 35%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 95%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Because the BYU Honor Code prohibits students from engaging in homosexual behavior, most gay issues are neither discussed nor acknowledged. Unfortunately, many students are left to deal with these issues on their own. No kind of student organization exists. However, a recent study done by the Psychology Department has shown that BYU students who have a gay friend or family member tend to be more accepting than those who do not. So, while not endorsed by the University, there are plenty of students more accepting of homosexual individuals than one would imagine.
Political Activity
Voting research studies have ranked Provo as the most conservative city in America for several years running, so it follows that Brigham Young University is overwhelmingly conservative as well. However, both College Republicans and College Democrats have clubs on campus that sponsor events and parties. BYU also has a chapter of Amnesty International which sponsors events and tries to spread awareness of international issues. BYU sponsors and distributes the BYU Political Review, a student-run paper which publishes articles by students dealing with political topics. Political activity understandably peaks during election years.
Economic Status
Most students are middle class, upper-middle class, and upper class. Students are usually separated by economic class depending on where they live. Certain apartment complexes or condos have a reputation for the economic class of the students living there; this means that student wards are also often economically similar.
Most Common Religions
Unsurprisingly, most BYU students are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, it's rare to graduate from BYU without meeting at least one or two people who aren't Mormon.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Clubs and organizations are huge on campus, with over 360 clubs total. Since there is a large majority of the student body that has lived abroad, there is a lot of acceptance and support of minority groups. Clubs such as the Black Student Union, the Brazilian Association, and the Chinese Student and Scholar Association highlight some of the many available options for minority clubs. Minority wards such as the Asian ward are also available for church.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 58 responses

  • 95% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 3% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 2% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 233 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 5% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 43% Conservative
  • 13% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 7% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 232 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 2% Liberal
  • 6% Moderate
  • 49% Conservative
  • 38% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 239 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 238 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 57 responses

  • 74% No
  • 7% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 9% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 5% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 5% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 57 responses

  • 47% Republican
  • 5% Democratic
  • 28% Independent
  • 5% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 57 responses

  • 46% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 42% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 11% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 2% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 58 responses

  • 2% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 12% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 41% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 45% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 57 responses

  • 81% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 9% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 5% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 5% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 233 responses

  • 39% Very accepting.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% 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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