If there were only one word to describe CSUDH, that word would be diverse. It is anything but homogenous. There are people from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds, from abroad or from a few cities away. Diversity is something students here pride themselves in. Because CSUDH is such a diverse school, tolerance here is high. There isn’t much that students would shy away from. Intolerance is not something many people will put up with here if it were to happen. There are openly gay students on campus, and it isn’t anything people point or laugh at. They are treated normally, and gay activism is high here.
CSUDH is a school rich in ethnicity with a great representation of students with Hispanic, African-American, and Asian backgrounds. While it is not obvious at first glance who is who as far as economic backgrounds, it is obvious that there is a variety in that as well when speaking to students. While many are not out splurging on the newest gadget, they are not completely without money either. In these times, students are smarter about where their money goes. Religion also plays an important role in the lives of many students, though this is also not apparent at first glance. It is rare for there to be a class without at least a handful of students who will express their religious beliefs. Christianity appears to be the most popular religion.