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5 College Senior

Diversity: While the majority of the student body is not diverse, the small bit of diversity we do have here is very diverse.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: People are generally loving and accepting to those that are different, and will even go out of their way to help those that are different.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many people would say that BYU is not a diverse place, in which they are correct. However, taking into consideration that BYU-Provo is a religious university located in Utah, the religious and racial diversity is not going to substantial as it probably is in other parts of the country. However, that being said, I think BYU is very diverse because there are students here from all around the world: from places in Eastern and Southeastern Asia, Africa, throughout Europe and from practically every country in South and Central America, and from every state in the US. Although it is not numerically a diverse school, the amount of people from different locations is extreme.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There isn't much diversity but people are very accepting of minorities of any regard. I wish there was a little more diversity, to shake up the white accountant, weird Mormon stereotype, but the homogeneity doesn't hurt anyone.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: People are generally loving and accepting, but you do see some who forget to practice what they preach.

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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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 248 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 5% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 44% Conservative
  • 13% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 392 responses

  • 0% Progressive/very liberal
  • 1% Liberal
  • 7% Moderate
  • 47% Conservative
  • 38% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 398 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 219 responses

  • 57% Republican
  • 5% Democratic
  • 23% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 13% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 159 responses

  • 6% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 23% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 36% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 35% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 219 responses

  • 5% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 19% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 38% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 38% 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 248 responses

  • 39% Very accepting.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 10% 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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