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Written by Erica Aytes
Imagine the stereotypical cowboy, then multiply him, and put the cowboy clones in a college setting. Welcome to Montana State University. This was the scene many incoming students reportedly expected when visiting the campus for the first time. They are usually pleasantly surprised (or extremely disappointed) to find some extremely intelligent students with just a sprinkling of the old Westerners. The political and social beliefs cover the whole spectrum, and many people with one philosophy on life enjoy hanging out with those with completely opposite views. In this sense, one could say that MSU has a very diverse campus. Then you open your eyes and see that everyone is white and mainly from the Western United States. The largest source of diversity is undoubtedly the foreign exchange students.
Years ago, a white separatist group came to Bozeman and tried to use the University as one of their recruiting spots. In response to this group, the town of Bozeman and volunteers from MSU worked together to hold a symposium in appreciation for diversity. So, while the school itself may not have much ethnic diversity, its students, staff, and town are supportive of all cultures and lifestyles.
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