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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: The majority of people on campus are white. There is not a lot of diversity but then again you're in Iowa.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are many different races that attend the university, which I think brings a great amount of culture and diversity!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: You definitely don't feel like an outsider

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a very evident diverse student body, and other students are very accepting.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of different races represented on campus, but I do not really think that Americans are overly accepting or go out of their way to include those of different races and beliefs.

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While it is true that a vast majority of students that attends Iowa State University is white, there is some diversity on campus, and it is celebrated. Iowa State is a very welcoming and accepting place, as it always has been. In 1891, George Washington Carver became the first African American to attend the Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. Carver excelled at Iowa State and was active in all aspects of campus life, such as the YMCA, the debate club, athletics, and he was captain of the campus military regiment. He eventually became the first African American faculty member at Iowa State.

If you're looking for a campus of like-minded individuals who will rally together for a cause, Iowa State is not the place for you. You can always count on others having the same beliefs or background as you, but it won't necessarily be a majority of the campus. The population at Iowa State is predominantly white, but few students will feel out of place because of their ethnicity, religion, or interests. If a large population of ethnic diversity is immensely important to you, Iowa State may not be the right place. On the other hand, while it isn't a widely diverse atmosphere, ISU is a very accepting place. People from all walks of life are welcomed and even celebrated at Iowa State.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
3%
Hispanic
4%
International
8%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
39%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Nebraska
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 20%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 72%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Although few hate crimes occur on campus, there is a support center for homosexual students. LGBTSS (Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Student Services) offers support, education, and advocacy on homosexual, bisexual, and transgender issues for students.
Political Activity
Many different political affiliations are represented on campus, through student organizations like the College Republicans and College Democrats, to name a few.
Economic Status
Most of the students at Iowa State University come from pretty humble origins. A lot of students come from farming backgrounds, so don't expect to see a lot of "rich kids" on this campus. While there are some, the majority is just trying to get by.
Most Common Religions
There are several Christian organizations throughout campus, but other religions have organizations of their own, too.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although a vast majority of Iowa State students is white, clubs do exist for minority students, including African Students Association, Asian Pacific American Awareness Coalition, and more. Almost every background is represented.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 110 responses

  • 3% Progressive/very liberal
  • 23% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 176 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 20% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 32% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 176 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 116 responses

  • 30% Republican
  • 24% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 75 responses

  • 41% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 55% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 116 responses

  • 40% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 56% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 111 responses

  • 54% Very accepting.
  • 40% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% 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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