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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: This campus wants everyone to be inclusion. However, lately there has been writings on the quad, comments made, and many people have been making pages against those whom are minorities.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Since it's such a big school, you find every type of person here. It's nice because you can find any group you fit in with. The University itself leans pretty liberal, but you still definitely find students of all beliefs here.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There are so many different religious organizations and they all have a place to practice. There are also so many diverse organizations catering to the minority such as, AAA (Asian American Association), OMSA (Office of Student Minorities), Asian American House, etc. There are so many different groups of people you can meet and connect with.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of resources and everyone is very supportive.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Honestly, everyone is really accepting. It's hard to say that no one ever feels left out because I'm sure some people do. But the student body and the housing community are really accepting of all types of people.

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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
6%
Asian
14%
Hispanic
7%
International
14%
Native American
0%
White
55%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
24%
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
34%
Male Faculty
66%
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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 170 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 26% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 225 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 29% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 36% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 229 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 92 responses

  • 9% Republican
  • 51% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 1% Other party not mentioned
  • 27% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 66 responses

  • 39% 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.
  • 3% 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 92 responses

  • 39% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 54% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 170 responses

  • 48% Very accepting.
  • 44% 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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