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4 College Senior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity on campus. A whole dorm building is set aside just for students who come here from pther countries to study abroad.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is basically white, black, Asian and some Spanish some people think the campus is soo diverse it's diverse enough but it's really not super diverse

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Generally people are very accepting and open. You just have to have the right mindset and you'll be okay.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is diversity on campus.

2 College Junior

Diversity: IUP needs lots of work on diversity.


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Walking around campus, it's fairly easy to spot students and professors from many different backgrounds. Although many IUP students come from what might be considered the "standard" Caucasian middle-class background, every group from gay and lesbian to Asian and Middle Eastern is represented. There is a strong sense of community and brotherhood among the members of these groups. They tend to socialize a lot with each other and identify more easily within their groups. There are numerous clubs and organizations that represent students from minority groups, including the Latino Student Association and the Chinese Student Association, although these groups are not nearly as prevalent on campus as other groups like Greek organizations or religious clubs. 

In general, IUP students are accepting of people from various walks of life. There have been a number of student-run events in recent months that demonstrate a strong movement toward acceptance of students from the LGBT community. In addition, students don't show bias toward people of different economic backgrounds. As a public university, IUP draws many students who could not otherwise afford a private university. Students are aware of this and accept it.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 39%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 17%
25+: 8%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Students tend to be either apathetic or sympathetic toward members of the LGBT community. Most are accepting of students with sexual preferences different from their own. The Pride Alliance is an active organization on campus that attempts to address incidents of homophobia and heterosexism and create a safe haven for members of the LGBT community who feel that their voices are not heard.
Political Activity
As a whole, the students at IUP tend to reflect a moderate viewpoint. Many students would express a liberal leaning but find value in some conservative viewpoints as well. Political activity on campus tends to be limited to small clubs and political science students.
Economic Status
Economic background isn't something that most students take into consideration. While most students tend to come from a lower- or upper-middle-class background, many students choose IUP because it is a cheaper option than private institutions. There is little segregation among students of different economic statuses, and most tend to view themselves and each other as "poor college kids."
Most Common Religions
The most common religions among IUP students are Christianity, atheism and agnosticism. If a student becomes involved in a religious group on campus, it's likely Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU). There are a number of Christian churches in the town of Indiana that students can attend. Conversely, many students either choose not to practice religion at all or subscribe to atheism, making the Secular Student Alliance one of the more popular student "religious" groups on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
While most students are aware that there are clubs for students from minority groups, members tend to meet with one another on a more private level. The presence of minority groups is evident, but the clubs representing them take a more passive role in comparison to religious or Greek organizations.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 18 responses

  • 89% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 6% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 6% 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 83 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 83 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 18% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 36% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 85 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 85 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 19 responses

  • 74% No
  • 5% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 16% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% 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 18 responses

  • 11% Republican
  • 44% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 11% Other party not mentioned
  • 11% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 18 responses

  • 78% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% 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.
  • 11% 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 19 responses

  • 42% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 11% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 5% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 18 responses

  • 11% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 6% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 44% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 39% 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 83 responses

  • 47% Very accepting.
  • 49% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 4% 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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