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5 College Freshman

Diversity: IUPUI is an incredibly diverse campus, we have students who range from upper-upper class, to low-income students. We have people who drive nice cars, and those who take the bus. We have people who bring their kids to class because they can't afford a baby-sitter, we have average people. We have a campus food bank. It's wonderful. People from all over the spectrum of political beliefs and religious beliefs come here. We have multiple events for different religions or ethnicities a month. LGBT is a huge thing here, and for the most part people are accepting.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: IUPUI is super diverse. There's people of all kinds here!

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is very accepting of everyone no matter their background

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: IUPUI is one of the most diverse campuses in Indiana. I used to work at a store in it's campus center and am certain that I served more than an average amount of people from different races or countries each day. This is a very great campus accepting of diversity!

4 College Senior

Diversity: Since this is a city college the diverisity is normal.


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The reality of the diverse nature of IUPUI’s campus is not completely shown by the statistics alone. Most students would agree that there is great diversity at IUPUI. There is even an International House reserved for students that come from overseas. IUPUI prides itself on diversity and hosts a great number of festivals and celebrations for minority cultures. For example, two of the most popular campus traditions are the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner and the MLK Day of Service. These events take place in February as the entire campus is celebrating Black History Month. In addition to these multicultural festivals, IUPUI has several speakers from all walks of life come to the school every year to address different perspectives, races, cultures, and ethnicities.

IUPUI considers the benefits of fostering a diverse campus. The University will grow socially and academically by recruiting, retaining, promoting, and advancing individuals that come from all parts of our world. Students learn more when diversity is available for them. IUPUI has a Web site that discusses their mission, goals, and philosophy when it comes to diversity (www.iupui.edu/diversity), where students can find out more about the diversity of the campus before deciding to attend. Special services offered to certain minorities include English lab, the International Student Center, special counselors and advisors, an ESL (English as a second language) program, special orientation, and many others.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 22%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 27%
25+: 27%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 24%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 70%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
IUPUI has a significant gay community and supports it through organizations like the Advocate. The Advocate is a very active student organization that hosts many activities which promote gay rights in the community.
Political Activity
Most of the students that speak out on campus are, for the most part, liberal. However, all types of students love to debate at IUPUI, and many gather around Democracy Plaza to do so. Democracy Plaza was designed by students and consists of four huge chalkboards that sit beneath the business building breezeway. Every day, students either write on the boards or gather around the plaza to debate pertinent social and political issues.
Economic Status
Many students at IUPUI are non-traditional adults that have had work experience and are looking to advance in their careers. This fact would classify several students at the “working class” to middle income level. The younger students on campus are usually in a more modest section of society as well—not many people seem to be “rich.”
Most Common Religions
There are several religions on campus, but the one that is most active is Christianity. Campus Crusade for Christ and organizations such as this are very active and lively. There are other groups that are very active, but less present, such as the Muslim Student Association.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority clubs on campus that are very active. The Muslim Student Association, Black Student Union, Chinese Culture Club, and Japanese Student Association are only a few. Check out the extensive list of student organizations at the end of this book for more!

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 23 responses

  • 96% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 4% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 131 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 130 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 41% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 131 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 131 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 23 responses

  • 74% No
  • 4% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 9% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 13% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 23 responses

  • 26% Republican
  • 26% Democratic
  • 4% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 39% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 23 responses

  • 78% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 17% 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.
  • 4% 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 24 responses

  • 42% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 23 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 30% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 35% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 17% 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 130 responses

  • 78% Very accepting.
  • 19% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.



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