Diversity

Location
San Diego, CA
Undergrads
23,036
Tuition (in-state)
$18,236 ($6,578)
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Everyone is accepted here. There haven't been many hate crimes and everyone gets along.

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5 College Senior

Diversity: Our university emphasizes the importance of getting to know others from walks of life that are different than your own. They do this through programming that first years partake in as well as having various offices and resources on campus to promote embracing a plethora of ethnicities and cultures.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Most of the people that I see that go to San Diego consist of white people. There are also many foreign kids that I have met from Australia and Portugal. The majority political belief is more democratic as by what I have seen in my political science classes. Religion is imminent on my campus and if you walk around you will see many people having religious groups that get together on a weekly basis.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Everybody from everywhere is here you'll run into the most diverse crowd of students. Everyone is accepting and supportive or each other. It's beautiful

5 College Senior

Diversity: There are people from all over the place, with different types of backgrounds. SDSU is quite diverse, especially when you are willing to get out and meet people and share in their experiences.

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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 60% No
  • 20% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 20% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 173 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 28% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 173 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 26% Moderate
  • 29% Not sure
  • 32% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 177 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 177 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

  • 80% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% 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

  • 20% Republican
  • 20% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 60% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 20% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 67% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 33% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 5 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 40% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 60% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 0% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 173 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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