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3 College Junior

Diversity: It's pretty easy to be a minority here for most minorities. In fact, the minorities (collectively) outnumber the 'majority' and it can be hard for someone who is white, male, and/or conservative to get help or get their voice heard.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our campus and Missoula in general is very diverse and open to accepting people from all walks of life.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: No one really cares what ethnicity you are

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is almost non existent, it's a VERY white campus and mostly students from Montana or California. Very few international students, little ethnic diversity.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Montana doesn't have much diversity.

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Compared to the rest of homogeneous Montana, Missoula prides itself in having relative diversity. UM attracts 500 international students from 74 different countries. Plus, the University offers a Native American studies major, features a state-of-the-art Native American studies building, and holds cultural events such as tribal dances regularly. UM students feel comfortable coming out of the closet, praying on the Oval, or wearing a Scottish kilt to their Irish studies classes. Differences in religion, sexual orientation, and cultural and economic statuses attract friends and faculty more than detract them.

Because UM's out-of-state tuition is sometimes lower than other states' in-state tuition, UM students hail from all 50 states. A professor from Vietnam said that Missoula offers the peace, quiet, and cold that he needs to work, and that he hasn't gained weight like other places in America because of the healthy food and hiking options. African Americans, Jews, and trust-fund kids are probably the least common minorities, but by no means least accepted. There are several campus clubs embracing such ethnicities, including Hillel and an African American club.

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
1%
Hispanic
3%
International
3%
Native American
3%
White
78%
Unknown
8%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
26%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 26%
22-24: 22%
25+: 28%
Female Faculty
39%
Male Faculty
61%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 2%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 5%
Native American: 1%
White: 84%
Unknown: 5%
Gay Pride
Missoula has an organization called UM Allies, which strives to educate the UM populace about the LGBT community. At a UM Allies training session, trainers ask people to name three things that are most important to them and list three things they do in their spare time on an index card. Trainees are then given two minutes to introduce themselves, but they are not allowed to say anything on the card. The trainings help both people outside and inside the LGBT community gain empathy and understanding. All resident assistants are required to enroll in a UM Allies training session, and University professors and employers are strongly encouraged to join.
Political Activity
UM wants to be the Berkeley of Montana, with the prototypical left-leaning hippies and protests. But in reality, it's full of not so much left and right labels as it is independents who seek education and ask questions. Its libertarian population is growing; Ron Paul's 2008 visit attracted many.
Economic Status
There isn't any segregation between working-class families and rich, upper-class families; most students are middle class.
Most Common Religions
UM students are predominantly Christian, agnostic, or Buddhist. There is a Buddhist Club on campus, and many of the Buddha's values on relaxation, nature, and food align with Missoula's culture.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The club for students with learning disabilities filed suit with admissions for not including subtitles on UM's Admissions YouTube station to accommodate the deaf minority. All of the international students cook a dish from their native country for the International Food Festival, which draws not only the University, but also hundreds of local Missoulians.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 63 responses

  • 10% Progressive/very liberal
  • 24% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 19% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 89 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 51% Liberal
  • 16% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 12% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 84 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 43 responses

  • 21% Republican
  • 23% Democratic
  • 35% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 25 responses

  • 68% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 28% 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 43 responses

  • 58% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 2% 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 61 responses

  • 48% Very accepting.
  • 48% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% 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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