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5 College Senior

Diversity: My school is very friendly and welcomes diversity.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: The University is quite diverse, but nonetheless diverse populations are still a huge minority at the school. I don't think anyone in the majority realizes the experiences of diverse minorities. Sometimes they do not consider the differences among students and why it's important to acknowledge them. The Social Work program does its best at trying to make diverse populations heard and a part of the University.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: We are a pretty white school, but very diverse religiously and politically.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: LGBT is visibly present, but students don't ask or discriminate.

Religion is a bigger factor. No one asks, but non-Christians might feel a little out of place. For the most part, students try not to judge, but there is a feeling of "you should be LDS" (welcome to Utah). Don't bring up religion and no one asks. Far better than other schools here.

no racial/ethnic disparity.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Salt Lake City has a very different vibe than the rest of Utah. It is a very liberal city with many open LGBTQ members and there is also a lot of ethnic diversity that you will find here. On campus people are pretty liberal and accepting of people, unfortunately I cannot say that for the entire state. Even still the people are friendly no matter where you go here.

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The U of U is a great place if you want diversity in the Mountain West. Most people this side of the Mississippi are of European decent, and Utah is no different. However, the U of U attracts people from all corners of the globe. You will be able to find people from all sorts of different backgrounds.  

When most people think of Utah, they think of the Mormons. This is true—there are a lot of Mormons. However, most of the Mormon zealots attend BYU, which leaves those who are more socially open to attend the U, which creates an atmosphere of acceptance and understanding. Therefore, more people who want to experience what the great state has to offer attend the U. Those who are closed-minded attend BYU. On the flip side, the U's professors are mostly white. There are not many faculty members that come from different parts of the world. This could create problems with background and culture biases. 

Facts & Statistics

African American
1%
Asian
5%
Hispanic
8%
International
7%
Native American
1%
White
69%
Unknown
7%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
29%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Idaho
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 17%
20-21: 21%
22-24: 26%
25+: 37%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 2%
International: 9%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 12%
Gay Pride
Since 2001, the U has had a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center, and the U participates in National Coming Out Week in October. Pink triangles (indicating "safe zones") are displayed around campus, notably at the UUPD. The U goes out of its way to voice support for hate-crime legislation. The only anti-gay hate crime in recent memory was a defaced campaign poster for a homosexual candidate for student elections.
Political Activity
Utah is one of the most conservative states in the Union. Consequently, the majority of resident students reflects the conservative atmosphere. However, the U of U is one of the most liberal places in Utah, being located in the heart of a growing liberal Salt Lake City. This surprises some people because Utah is so conservative. The U also has one of the best political centers in the state: the Hinckley Institute of Politics is very good with working with students to get involved in politics. They have guest speakers from all over the world, and overall, the institute is pretty top-notch.
Economic Status
The U of U student population comes from a wide variety of economic backgrounds. It's not simply a question of "rich kids" from the East Side and "poor kids" from the West Side. Many U students are newly married, have families, are professionals taking a few classes, or are housewives who've come back to school to finally complete their degree now that the kids are out of the house. Economically, the U's a rich tapestry of diversity. For example, the U administration estimates that around 75 percent of undergrads work at least 10 hours per week and that around 25 percent work 30 or more hours per week.
Most Common Religions
With Salt Lake City as the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it’s not surprising that a large plurality of students on campus belong to this church. The LDS Church owns an Institute of Religion across the street from the southern periphery of campus, and about 5,000 U students attend religion classes there. However, immediately around campus, there are also centers for students from other religions, notably the Jewish Community Center and the Catholic Newman Center.
Minority Clubs on Campus
A sampling of minority clubs includes the Asian American Student Association, the Black Student Union, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, the Hong Kong Student Alliance, the Lesbian and Gay Student Union, the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan (MEChA), the Voices for Palestine, and the Women’s Law Caucus.
Did You Know?
The University of Utah has one of the largest LGBT organizations in the state.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 129 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 26% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 190 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 39% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 192 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 103 responses

  • 30% Republican
  • 28% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 9% Other party not mentioned
  • 13% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 70 responses

  • 37% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 59% 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 103 responses

  • 38% 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.
  • 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 130 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% 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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