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5 College Senior

Diversity: Bloomington is a very diverse town because of the university.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many different kinds of people. Kind of separated in social groups, but not a problem.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of different ethnicities, a lot of Asian and Indian descent.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone seems like they are tolerant of everyone- then go on yikyak or some other social media and you'll find out this isn't true at all.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most everyone is accepted here

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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
5%
Asian
4%
Hispanic
4%
International
11%
Native American
0%
White
73%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
38%
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
39%
Male Faculty
61%
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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 148 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 15% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 224 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 41% Liberal
  • 20% Moderate
  • 4% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 23% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 227 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 122 responses

  • 11% Republican
  • 41% Democratic
  • 23% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 23% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 85 responses

  • 49% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 45% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 5% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 1% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 122 responses

  • 51% 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.
  • 7% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 1% 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 148 responses

  • 55% Very accepting.
  • 40% 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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