Carson, CA
Tuition (in-state)
$17,753 ($6,095)
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: it is alright I'm comfortable with the change from the homogenous community in high school to the diversity in college it makes me feels welcomed in a way

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are people of different nationalities, religions and beliefs around this school. I have not had the chance to meet anyone of a different sexual orientation quite yet though.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity in the school with people from different backgrounds and racial diversity.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: we are very diverse in our community and school back ground.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Havent heard much about politics, but then again I am not that interested in that subject so..


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  • 213rd
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 225th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1182nd
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
Foreign countries
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 17%
22-24: 26%
25+: 36%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 11%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 11%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 63%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
There is the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Student Association. Gays are generally welcomed and treated well. There is a lot of activism and celebration here, like National Coming Out Day. Last year, there were activists trying to educate the student population as well as handing out fliers and equality stickers. Another more recent activity was the viewing of "March On," which documented five different stories about the march in Washington. There is support for equality for gay students, and same sex couples are not frowned upon by many.
Political Activity
CSUDH students are mainly moderates leaning toward liberal. This is due to the number of younger students as the newer generations tend to be more liberal. There are clusters of other political affiliations. One thing is for sure, come election day, they are not afraid to let their voices be heard.
Economic Status
There are many things students have in common, and money struggles seems to be one of them. Many students here have jobs to help pay for schooling in addition to financial aid and loans. For the percentage that does not need these and can afford tuition, there is no segregation. Economic status remains anonymous to other students unless a student decides to let others know.
Most Common Religions
Catholic and Christian clubs seem to dominate. It isn't too obvious who is what when it comes to religion, which is a good thing for certain situations. In classrooms, students can be heard talking about their personal beliefs in God. Besides being outspoken about them, it's easy to distinguish the religious and the nonreligious.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are very much a part of CSUDH because of the different kinds of students here. These clubs can be found creating events to help make students aware of world issues that are happening now. They want to help cultivate more tolerance.
Did You Know?
To learn more about minority clubs at school, look into them during welcome week, when you can learn more about them by actually talking to the members.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 49 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 27% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 49 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 16% Moderate
  • 31% Not sure
  • 43% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 52 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 51 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 50 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 20% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 72% Very accepting.


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