Our Campus Climate
Utah State University is a land grant, public university in the intermountain west—which is the least religiously diverse region in the United States. Although our more than 28,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 80 countries, about 72% of our students are originally from Utah. About 70% of our incoming freshmen identify as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons). As recent participation in the nationwide IDEALS survey reveals, the majority of our students are very interested in the role of religion on campus. Our students also report that they have very positive and appreciative attitudes towards students of other faith traditions--and towards those who have no faith tradition.
But, the news from the IDEALS survey isn't all positive because the data also show that we lag behind our peer institutions in the perception (especially among students who are not part of the LDS faith) that our campus is welcoming and inclusive for all students. The Utah State University Interfaith Initiative works to build these bridges across religious difference, providing curricular and co-curricular opportunities for students to develop the vision, the knowledge, and the skills for positive engagement across religious divides. We welcome you to this ongoing effort to build a more inclusive and welcoming campus for all!