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4 College Senior

Diversity: There is a bit of diversity. Most of the students that I've met are like me- white, fairly affluent, straight, politically moderate, and not terribly religious. You can find diversity, though.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many different students and professors/people traveling to bloomington that make the town very diverse and unique.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is literally someone here from every possible background.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think IU has great diversity. I never feel like I'm being judged for my beliefs and other people aren't judged for theirs. Because of the large size I think everyone recognizes how many differences there are and don't have trouble finding people who they can relate to. We openly talk about controversial topics in my classes and no one has ever been too uncomfortable or offended.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: There are 40,000+ students at IU so there are tons of different people from different walks of life. There is a crazy high number of international kids, mainly from China and Korea and some from India too. As a town, Bloomington tends to be a bit more liberal in a very conservative state for the most part.

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Diversity at IU has evolved and continues to adapt with the times. While there is still an obvious white majority on campus, the numbers are slowly shifting to include more students from various backgrounds. Everyone is considered equal here, whether you're the only student from your particular background or one of 3,000. Everybody has the same opportunities, and it is up to the individual to go after the opportunities offered.

IU still has a long way to go to catch up with the diversity found in other schools, but the University is trying awfully hard to overcome the single-mindedness of some of the locals here and elsewhere in the nearby Bible Belt. Overall, though, minority students should feel just as comfortable here as anyone would, and there are plenty of organizations to reinforce that feeling.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New York
  • Ohio
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 17%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Gay pride is always well received on campus, allowing for students of all sexual orientation to live their lives without overt discrimination. IU has a GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) student support service center for students who have questions or need assistance from people who understand these issues. Also, IU recently hosted the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference in 2009.
Political Activity
IU has seen a great deal of political activity in the past years, and the students and teachers are not shy about sharing their beliefs. The 2008 election invoked a plethora of political discussions in public forums and classrooms. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton visited IU during the most recent primaries, and President Obama made a return visit during his presidential campaign. Those who enjoy politics and sharing their own views should not fear being ostracized on campus.
Economic Status
There is a large range of economic backgrounds among students, varying from those surviving almost entirely on loans and grants to those whose parents take care of the credit card tab. However, the majority of students fall right in the middle of the economic landscape, with an average car and some extra cash for beer, pizza, coffee, and a couple miscellaneous items every month. Many students nab a part time job in order to keep some extra cash coming in, which is never a bad idea if it doesn't get in the way of studying.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is clearly predominant, and there are many Christian groups and clubs, but there are also representatives from all major religions on campus, with just as many groups and clubs.
Minority Clubs on Campus
These clubs are just as integral to the soul of IU as non-minority clubs and make themselves heard just as well. There’s a Latino fraternity, a Muslim Student Union, a Black Culture Center, and many other groups.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 36 responses

  • 89% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 3% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 3% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 3% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 3% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 139 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 138 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 141 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 140 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 36 responses

  • 78% No
  • 6% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 11% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 6% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 36 responses

  • 11% Republican
  • 39% Democratic
  • 17% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 31% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 36 responses

  • 83% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 11% 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.
  • 6% 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 36 responses

  • 56% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 36% 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 36 responses

  • 17% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 11% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 44% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 28% 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 139 responses

  • 57% Very accepting.
  • 38% 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.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
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