Historically Black College/University?
Common States of Residence
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
African American: 0%
Asian American: 3%
Native American: 0%
Because the BYU Honor Code prohibits students from engaging in homosexual behavior, most gay issues are neither discussed nor acknowledged. Unfortunately, many students are left to deal with these issues on their own. No kind of student organization exists. However, a recent study done by the Psychology Department has shown that BYU students who have a gay friend or family member tend to be more accepting than those who do not. So, while not endorsed by the University, there are plenty of students more accepting of homosexual individuals than one would imagine.
Voting research studies have ranked Provo as the most conservative city in America for several years running, so it follows that Brigham Young University is overwhelmingly conservative as well. However, both College Republicans and College Democrats have clubs on campus that sponsor events and parties. BYU also has a chapter of Amnesty International which sponsors events and tries to spread awareness of international issues. BYU sponsors and distributes the BYU Political Review
, a student-run paper which publishes articles by students dealing with political topics. Political activity understandably peaks during election years.
Most students are middle class, upper-middle class, and upper class. Students are usually separated by economic class depending on where they live. Certain apartment complexes or condos have a reputation for the economic class of the students living there; this means that student wards are also often economically similar.
Most Common Religions
Unsurprisingly, most BYU students are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. However, it's rare to graduate from BYU without meeting at least one or two people who aren't Mormon.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Clubs and organizations are huge on campus, with over 360 clubs total. Since there is a large majority of the student body that has lived abroad, there is a lot of acceptance and support of minority groups. Clubs such as the Black Student Union, the Brazilian Association, and the Chinese Student and Scholar Association highlight some of the many available options for minority clubs. Minority wards such as the Asian ward are also available for church.