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4 College Junior

Diversity: they accept all students and races.

2 College Junior

Diversity: Not very diverse in terms of race. There is a decently big LGBT group on campus. Fairly liberal campus.

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is basically the same. If you're at all different, especially regarding LGBTQ+ or religion, you will be harassed at some point

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: People are accepted on this campus. Of course, there are some intolerant people. They are outliers though.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: I haven't seen many lgbt people at the school, but then again I'm not outwardly looking for them. THis school has an enormous population of men from the middle east and people from asia and europe and australia. THe campus is extremely diverse and it's interesting to see so many different cultures on one campus.

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Imagine the stereotypical cowboy, then multiply him, and put the cowboy clones in a college setting. Welcome to Montana State University. This was the scene many incoming students reportedly expected when visiting the campus for the first time. They are usually pleasantly surprised (or extremely disappointed) to find some extremely intelligent students with just a sprinkling of the old Westerners. The political and social beliefs cover the whole spectrum, and many people with one philosophy on life enjoy hanging out with those with completely opposite views. In this sense, one could say that MSU has a very diverse campus. Then you open your eyes and see that everyone is white and mainly from the Western United States. The largest source of diversity is undoubtedly the foreign exchange students.

Years ago, a white separatist group came to Bozeman and tried to use the University as one of their recruiting spots. In response to this group, the town of Bozeman and volunteers from MSU worked together to hold a symposium in appreciation for diversity. So, while the school itself may not have much ethnic diversity, its students, staff, and town are supportive of all cultures and lifestyles.

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
3%
International
4%
Native American
2%
White
85%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
45%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Minnesota
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 21%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
40%
Male Faculty
60%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 0%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 78%
Unknown: 19%
Gay Pride
For being in a conservative state, MSU is surprisingly open to homosexuals. There is a Queer Straight Alliance group that is supported on campus.
Political Activity
MSU must be one of the most politically inactive colleges in the nation. There are a few groups from all sides of the spectrum that try to get their messages out there, but most students are happy in their apathy. The school leans slightly toward the right.
Economic Status
As with many public universities, MSU has a wide range of economic statuses. Some students are paying their way through school solely with loans and grants, while others drive Mercedes and have several houses around the country.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is the main religion at MSU, along with a few Jewish and Muslim students
Minority Clubs on Campus
The school has language clubs that work hard to promote knowledge of different cultures on campus. Perhaps one of the most active minority clubs is the American Indian Council, which works with the Native American studies department.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 69 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 16% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 28% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 117 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 16% Liberal
  • 35% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 116 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 76 responses

  • 22% Republican
  • 28% Democratic
  • 26% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 56 responses

  • 23% 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.
  • 25% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 2% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 77 responses

  • 23% 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.
  • 22% 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 70 responses

  • 37% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.

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