Diversity

Location
Sacramento, CA
Undergrads
20,625
Tuition (in-state)
$16,632 ($5,472)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Diversity: The college of engineering is really diverse.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There is definitely diversity at sacramento state.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity is overall good. People are quite nice and outgoing. You do feel a good welcoming.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a very racially diverse campus.

4 College Junior

Diversity: diversity on campus is amazing. so many students from different countries, pretty cool. some believe in buddhism, shamanism, and different exotic faith. its is so great to talk to other people, make connections on similar grounds of studying. it is a great atmosphere to study in, its pleasant

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Hilton Collins
Major
English
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If you look around campus, you'll see people from all walks of life. Interestingly enough, however, white students say the campus is very diverse, but students of color say it's not as diverse as it could be. The demographic makeup makes some students feel like outsiders, and it's not unusual to see clusters of whites, clusters of blacks, clusters of Asians, and so on. Of course, that's not to say that there's no social intermixing of races (there most certainly is), just that, quite frequently, people congregate with those who look like themselves. Everyone gets along, though, so you won't feel unsafe because of your race. The city of Sacramento is an incredibly diverse urban area. Sacramento is representative of the state of California because it's home to people of numerous ethnicities. Also, when the word "diverse" comes up, most people think along color lines, but it also applies to age and gender, and Sac State is quite diverse along those lines as well. Female students outnumber male ones, and older students are a visible presence on campus. Because it's a commuter school, several students already have full-time jobs, families, or previous degrees. The larger concentration of students above their early-20s who live off campus is part of the reason why campus culture isn't quite as unified as it could be. After all, how much do you think a 30-something working professional cares about the latest campus football game? Not as much as a lot of the 19-year-olds-not usually.

Facts & Statistics

African American
7%
Asian
20%
Hispanic
21%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
36%
Unknown
8%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
1%
Common States of Residence
  • Alaska
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 22%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 31%
25+: 24%
Female Faculty
47%
Male Faculty
53%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 14%
Hispanic: 8%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 69%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
The gay community is relatively quiet compared to other groups, but the campus's Queer-Straight Alliance is there for gay, bisexual, and transgender students, as well as their straight friends. Unfortunately, the Alliance sometimes experiences friction with other groups, even within student government. Overall, social acceptance for openly gay people is moderate to favorable, but the organized collective gay voice isn't that prominent.
Political Activity
Most students are moderately liberal, but a large number is conservative, so the liberal majority isn't overwhelming. The student body as a whole isn't politically expressive, but occasional demonstrations occur. Sometimes, obnoxious visitors come to campus to try to rouse them with controversial, offensive rhetoric, but they're not taken seriously. A small percentage of the student body votes in campus elections.
Economic Status
Sac State has students from all over the economic spectrum, but most are middle class and lower-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Most students at Sac State are Christian, but they don't dominate in any way.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The largest minority clubs are for Asians and Latinos.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 113 responses

  • 6% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 19% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 113 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 33% Not sure
  • 32% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 115 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 113 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 40% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 80% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 113 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 62% Very accepting.

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