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3 College Junior

Diversity: don't expect too many minorities on campus. But there are enough

3 College Freshman

Diversity: As a black student the school is obviously lacking in terms of ethnic diversity, but there are clubs to get involved in to bring the different cultures together.

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Lauren Silk
Bainbridge Island, WA
English and French
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While Santa Clara seems to have a pretty homogenous student population, (most students tend to be white, Catholic, and from the upper-middle class), there is still a sizable minority of students with different ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Most students are very accepting and supportive of diversity on campus and freely hang out with students of backgrounds different from their own.

While Santa Clara is religiously affiliated, it's run by the Jesuits, who are often considered the "hippies" of the Catholic church. As the Jesuit order emphasizes compassion and acceptance, the SCU religious community works hard to promote interfaith dialogue and inclusion of religious and sexual minorities.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 34%
22-24: 12%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 75%
Unknown: 4%
Gay Pride
The gay community at Santa Clara is small but well supported. Student organizations such as GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association) and GASPED, (Gay and Straight People Educating for Diversity)hold several events throughout the year, such as their annual "Drag Fashion Show," to educate students about issues in the gay community.
Political Activity
Santa Clara has a politically diverse student body, though how one views its political climate depends on his or her own affiliation. Liberal students often find the school too conservative, while many conservative students find it too liberal. But no matter where you fit on the political spectrum, there are plenty of ways to get involved politically on campus, through College Democrats, College Republicans, or the non-partisan Political Science Student Association.
Economic Status
Because tuition is so expensive, the majority of Santa Clara students come from affluent backgrounds. But while most students are financially well off, the administration tries to promote socioeconomic diversity by providing generous financial aid packages to low-income students.
Most Common Religions
Though roughly half of SCU students identify as Catholic, Campus Ministry works to promote religious diversity on campus by sponsoring interfaith activities and events.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Multicultural Center is fairly prominent on campus, and is made up of several minority clubs supporting Asian, African American, Latin American, and East Asian groups. Though each club hosts its own events throughout the year, all clubs come together in the spring to host "Global Village," a day-long event featuring multicultural dance performances and ethnic food stands.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 56 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 34% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 55 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 45% Moderate
  • 18% Not sure
  • 25% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 55 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 55 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 56 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 39% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 52% Very accepting.
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