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Diversity: Ideological diversity is non existent

5 College Junior

Diversity: This isn't a private Christian college that doesn't allow gay member in leadership positions. Everyone can thrive here.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Many clubs and organizations you can join and all are welcoming

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Because about half of the students on campus come from the state, the diversity on campus isn't that much. However, the campus diversity greatly outpaces the diversity of the state's general population. Regardless of diversity, the campus community is very accepting of everyone.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: There is SO much ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual diversity on campus. However most students do come from in state so you will be rare if you are an out of state student. Everyone seems to be very accepting on campus as well.

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The University of Minnesota is a diverse campus. People from all different racial backgrounds, nationalities, economic classes, religious and political beliefs, and sexual preferences are inhabitants here. People from every corner of the world are invited to study at U of M, and reversely, American students can do a semester or two in a study abroad program. Therefore, diversity is a big contributor to the campus culture. Although the campus population is most prominently Caucasian, minorities are also welcomed. The mesh of cultures makes a new divergent culture of its own at U of M. Students are friends with people of different races, nationalities, sexualities—you name it. Students are encouraged to maintain their unique identity, while adapting to new ideas around them.

The campus is very tolerant of any differences in views of the minorities. For example, religious holidays, for any culture, are considered excused absences from class. Different student organizations also branch out to spread their native culture around the U. The second and third floors of Coffman Memorial Union are known for housing diverse groups; however, due to the big size of U of M, many students end up sticking with people of their own culture because they feel comfortable there. But even then, the campus environment is all inclusive and provides many opportunities to meet different people every day.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 27%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 20%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 10%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 14%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Gay tolerance at the University of Minnesota is commendable. There are a lot of groups that support gay pride such as Biversity and "Queer" clubs, and the University even offers a GLBT minor. The campus environment is strict about harassment, although such cases are very uncommon. The GLBTA program office offers awards to its students, as well as leadership experience and resources to support students and their lifestyle preferences. Minneapolis has one of the largest gay communities in the United States. The city holds a gay pride parade and festival every year, and many heterosexual people support the cause with great enthusiasm.
Political Activity
The University of Minnesota is very politically active. More than 36 political and social action organizations. Many of these political groups are visibly active on campus and do much to raise the awareness of their fellow students. Students are handed down information and reminded to vote when the time comes. The U of M isn't affiliated one way or another, and Minnesota is a blue state. Therefore, the urban environment makes it a liberal school.
Economic Status
There is no dominating class. Students come on scholarships-need and/or merit based-and other sorts of financial aid. Other students can pay their full-year tuition in one bill. There isn't any line that distinguishes one class from another. Everyone seems equal in their matching Gopher apparel.
Most Common Religions
Because the University of Minnesota is a public institution, there is no main or popular religion. The University of Minnesota is religiously diverse and religion-tolerant. All religions and spiritual beliefs are accepted, and numerous religions have student organizations, in order to make a student feel a part of a smaller community in a very large school setting. Many times, people hand out Bibles and other religious texts on campus, but a student can politely say "No, thank you" without feeling bad.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are more than 150 student organizations dedicated to culture and diversity. These organizations bond nationalities, religions, sexual preferences, disabled cultures, and political views. Students are almost guaranteed to find a group that is either their religion of choice or their nationality on campus. If for some reason there isn't a club for a specific minority, it can easily be started by gathering a few people and petitioning to form a new official student organization.
Did You Know?
The University of Minnesota offers undergrad and graduate degrees to its international students, as well. International students can meet a U of M representative in their own country. There are special programs to help integrate new students from diverse backgrounds into the Gopher territory. A summer buddy program, for example, assigns a U of M student to be a pen pal or "email friend" to an international student who will be attending the U in the following fall. International students have their own orientation and get campus tours. There are scholarships available specifically for international students, as well.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 147 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 14% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 207 responses

  • 14% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 22% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 208 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 115 responses

  • 18% Republican
  • 35% Democratic
  • 22% Independent
  • 5% 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 67 responses

  • 67% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 33% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% 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

  • 66% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 31% 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.
  • 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 147 responses

  • 63% Very accepting.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% 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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