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3 College Freshman

Diversity: It is clearly a majority white population, but we got international students for days.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The university works very hard to provide a very broad range of diversity throughout campus.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The most diverse place I have been in. You'll find anyone from many tastes and styles.

1 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of racial tension at the school. My guess is that it is due to the high amount of international students at the university, but it affects all races.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is very diverse. I've met people from different countries and people of different religions.


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Opinions on the diversity of U of I's student body really depend on the type of students you ask. A minority student will say that the campus is not diverse, but a white student will generally say the campus is very diverse. The truth is that a large percentage of the students are white, while there is less than 10 percent each of African Americans and Hispanics. However, for being located in central Illinois, these statistics are rather impressive. Moreover, the University has one of the highest international student enrollments in the country—10th among public universities—due to the prestige of its engineering and business programs. Efforts are made to reach minority students, and cultural events and art shows give much needed attention to non-white students. There are many groups that connect UIUC students to international students, as well as dozens of minority student organizations that are very active on campus and frequently host events or put on shows.

A big debate on campus in 2007 was the issue of the Chief mascot. The campus was divided over this issue, which the NCAA resolved by eliminating such mascots for several colleges. Critics claimed that the practice took a sacred Native American tradition and used it for sport, while supporters claimed it was a respectful dance, a harmless tradition, and a priceless institution. Currently, the University will retain the “Illini” and “Fighting Illini” nicknames. Hopefully, the change will allow former critics to feel more comfortable.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Missouri
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 32%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 17%
25+: 14%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 73%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Groups like PFLAG and LGBT encourage tolerance, and there are SafeZones on campus. On the other hand, the gay community is not very outspoken.
Political Activity
Most of the campus is socially and politically liberal. However, these views are rarely expressed in rallies or protests, and are for the most part confined to the opinions section of the student newspaper.
Economic Status
U of I is predominantly a middle-class environment. People generally come from small or medium-sized cities throughout Illinois.
Most Common Religions
Groups like InterVarsity and Campus Crusade for Christ, as well as Bible study groups, actively recruit students. The Atheists, Agnostics, and Freethinkers group occasionally engages in panel discussions with Christian groups, encouraging theological discussion among students.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs are active on campus. There are fraternities and sororities for different ethnicities, and the campus hosts multicultural events to encourage diversity and education.
Did You Know?
The University of Illinois has the largest Greek system in the country, in terms of the sheer volume of organizations.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 25 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% 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 160 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 21% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 160 responses

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 32% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 164 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 164 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 26 responses

  • 62% No
  • 8% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 23% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 26 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 54% Democratic
  • 15% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 25 responses

  • 76% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 4% 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.
  • 4% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 16% 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 26 responses

  • 46% 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.
  • 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 25 responses

  • 12% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 8% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 28% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 52% 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 160 responses

  • 47% Very accepting.
  • 46% 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.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.



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