Diversity

Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
23,036
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: They have clubs to promote diversity

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students are white, so-cal residents. While the minority population is present on campus, I would not say they are very represented. There is not really any blatant cases of intolerance but I have found that there is a lot of ignorance and in some cases a suppressed form of intolerance.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are groups for everyone. The presence of LGBT is huge, as is that of cultural groups, religious groups, and political groups. There is an immense amount of diversity on campus, and an environment that is generally very accepting. There are a handful of individuals who enjoy printing derogatory slogans and religious propaganda on signs, obnoxiously preaching their ways to passersby; however, these people are frowned upon and shunned.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: I think this is a working progress. As more students come in, the more we learn about each other. We learn to accept and respect each other differences.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I have never heard a bad word of racism or lack of diversity on campus, especially in a place like Calfornia, such intolerance would be swiftly cut down en masse.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Brennan Wasan
Hometown
San Diego, CA
Major
Communications
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Diversity at San Diego State can be a tricky thing. When you’re walking around campus on the weekends, it often feels like everyone is an affluent white person. Greek life is dominated by these types of people, and it seems as if their presence is dominating in numerous aspects of campus life. However, if you truly open your eyes to all the areas of campus, you will find that diversity is actually quite high. Walking around campus on a weekday, you will see a variety of races and people of different cultures. It’s all a matter of how aware you are. If you look at only one scene, you will only see one particular perspective. If you look everywhere, you will see that there is plenty of diversity on the San Diego State campus.

Statistical figures for San Diego State confirm the presence of diversity on campus. There is a large representation of Hispanics and Asians. San Diego State, statistically, is actually considered highly diverse. The classrooms are a perfect example to show off the campus’ diversity. Many ethnic backgrounds and races are represented. Off campus and in the dorms, people who hang out together tend to show diversity.
 

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
14%
Hispanic
27%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
38%
Unknown
7%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
12%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 27%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
45%
Male Faculty
55%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 8%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 76%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
With the strong Greek life here at San Diego State, falling within the crowd is definitely encouraged. If you wear a shirt that is a little too bright or comb your hair in a certain way, you might be ostracized. This is not to say that San Diego State is intolerant; tolerance is here, it is just not readily visible.
Political Activity
Like the rest of California, politics here at San Diego State tend to fall on the liberal side. While walking through Aztec Center, you will hear protestors preaching about the environment, equal rights, and other issues that they will try to get you to support by signing their petitions. Most of the professors on campus are liberal, though there are a few that fall on the conservative side.
Most Common Religions
For better or for worse, religion does not play a big role here at San Diego State. People are far more concerned with what fraternity or sorority you're aligned with rather than who you pray to. The largest presence felt on campus would be that of the Jewish community simply because they have their own fraternity.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Afrikan Student Union, Arab Student Union, Asian Pacific Student Alliance, Black Social Work Student Caucus, Ethiopian Student Association, Japanese Student Society, Muslim Cultural Club, Raices Unidas, Russian Club, Vietnamese Student Association
Did You Know?
SDSU ranks in the top 20 in the nation for ethnic diversity in the "Americas Best Colleges Guide" by US News & World Report.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 168 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 29% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 168 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 29% Not sure
  • 33% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 167 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 167 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 169 responses

  • 1% 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.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 63% Very accepting.

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