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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There is some diversity, but not a great load. We have foreign students who usually stick together. The students from in state hang out with each other. Religion is either no one cares or they are heavily influenced by a certain religion. Political beliefs are diverse.

1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Being a minority, I would be lying if I said it was easy going to ISU. As much as I love it, most people you meet are going to come from places that have close to no diversity at all. They're going to assume things about you and fit you into stereotypes, but that's part of life. It's not their fault for not being exposed to such things before. ISU is also largely Republican, so those with Democrat views are often hard to find. Although there are many Mormons, they all are very friendly and respect me for my own religion. I don't see people often judging others for their sexual orientation. They may believe a certain thing about them, but they are generally very open to them.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Our campus has many clubs to make everyone feel accepted. There are lesbian and gay groups to make them feel apart of something, there are game clubs, and ethnic clubs. Everyone is nice to each other.

3 College Junior

Diversity: ISU is very diverse. I have met students from Slovakia, Saudi Arabia, and Nigeria to name a few. It is great that we have the chance to learn about different cultures but they also come as a slap in the face. Their school is completely paid for and they get allowances, enough to buy some of the fanciest cars on campus. I have been an American since birth and I don't get a dime yet someone from a different country gets all the federal aid they could ask for. It is insulting really.

3 College Junior

Diversity: The diversity on campus is very unique. The LDS population here is excessive, there are three churches just on campus. There are also a big population of individuals that identify with the LGBT group. These are two very different groups that are prominent here on campus.

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For an Idaho school, ISU is semi-diverse. There are a lot of home-grown Idaho kids, a large LDS student community, and not a lot of variety. But that is not to say it is not there. The international students contribute to diversity on campus with their many events. The African Students  Association holds "African Night" annually, with food, entertainment, and games straight from African culture.

International students are continuously pouring into the University, and it changes the view of the school as well as the students, making them more culturally educated. There is a large number of nontraditional students at ISU. The average age of an ISU student is much higher than many universities. It definitely gives a different feel to the University when parents come to class with their children, coloring books, crayons, and Cheerios in tow. This also makes the Early Learning Center (ELC) a larger part of the University. Many parents take advantage of the on-campus facility so they can visit their kids in between classes and be nearby in case of an emergency. Having older students around definitely gives students a different perspective on school and their future.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Montana
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 20%
20-21: 17%
22-24: 21%
25+: 41%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 4%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 90%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
ISU is tolerant of gay relations. BGLAD is an organization that is continually striving for further tolerance on campus and in the entire community.
Political Activity
The campus has quite a mix of liberal and conservative views. The College Republicans and College Democrats are both active on campus and well supported. For an Idaho city, Pocatello is more liberal than most.
Economic Status
Students at ISU come from diverse economic backgrounds. There are definitely those that get the dough from mom and dad, but there are also many of those everyday college students that are just scraping by on macaroni and cheese.
Most Common Religions
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS, Mormon)
Minority Clubs on Campus
ISU supports a wide variety of international student clubs and organizations, including the African Students Association, Association of Indian Students, Chinese Student Association, German Club, Hispanic Awareness Leadership Organization, International Students Association, Japanese Club, Muslim Student Association, and Nepalese Student Association.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 9% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 44 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 30% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 43 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 2% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 21% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 40% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 43 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 43 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 12 responses

  • 75% No
  • 17% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 12 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 8% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 58% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 82% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 18% 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.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% 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 12 responses

  • 33% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 58% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 8% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 11 responses

  • 18% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 27% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 9% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 45% 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 44 responses

  • 52% Very accepting.
  • 39% 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.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.


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