Diversity

Location
Irvine, CA
Undergrads
21,881
Tuition (in-state)
$36,000 ($13,122)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I'm part of the minority, but I feel accepted. There are many Asian students.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: The majority of the school is Asian, but after a while it seems that many if not all students are non-religious because of the amount of time that coursework takes from one's own personal time. Other than that, the school is very accepting of all people and it's no surprise to see groups of variety, but that does not mean there are no clicks such as there were in high school.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Generally I do not pay too much attention to this kind of things so I would not know.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: UCI is not as diverse as the University says it is. I would say it's 70% Asians, 20% Mexicans, and 10% other.

4 College Junior

Diversity: If you want diversity then come to Irvine. Everyone comes from a different ethnic and cultural background.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Tracey Xuan Nguyen
Hometown
Hawthorne, CA
Major
Business Economics
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UCI is one of the few schools in the nation that can say a minority represents the majority of the overall student population. In this case the majority is Asian American, with about half of the student population being of this descent. Although it’s a bit lopsided, diversity is still there when compared to the mostly white, Anglo-Saxon universities throughout America. More than 15 percent of UCI’s student body consists of minorities other than white and Asian. Blacks and Latinos are represented here as well, and some students believe that the campus is growing more and more diverse.

Most students agree that what one makes of their cultural experience at UCI is ultimately their decision. The more you do to learn about another culture, the greater your understanding and perception of diversity. A lot of clubs are designed to educate people about other cultures, and there are also various events throughout the year where representatives of different countries contribute to this education. The end result is an integrated community where people can keep and remain proud of their heritage. Also, if you look around enough at the various food fairs held throughout the year, there’s a fair showing of Greek, Indian, and African American booths, a fun way to celebrate and learn about another culture. No matter what your background may be, you shouldn’t have a problem finding your niche at UCI, and that niche might not be limited to your culture of origin.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
49%
Hispanic
18%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
20%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
14%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 14%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 24%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 65%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
UCI has a Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual Resource Center, as well as the group organizations Irvine Queers and OUTspoken, all of which encourage students to be more open and aware about differing sexual orientations among their peers and act as support groups.
Political Activity
Not known for being the most political campus within the UC system, UCI almost finds pride in having minimal student protests compared to Berkeley or UCLA. The passion’s definitely there, but most Anteaters prefer just chilling with the flow, instead of trying to break political waves.
Economic Status
Although UCI does have a student body that varies in socioeconomic diversity, judging by the high number of BMWs and Lexuses (or high number of cars period) in the parking lots, it’s safe to say the majority of UCI students lean towards economically-strong family backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Since this is the socially conservative and Republican Orange County, it makes sense that Christian groups are by far the most numerous on campus. Beating out the fraternities and sororities in their zealous flyer handouts, it’s not hard to find an eager Christian waiting to salvage your soul just outside the classroom doors when lectures end.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are an overwhelming majority at UCI. Even fraternities and sororities also seem to be ethnically-based. This is readily apparent along Ring Road where most of the Greeks hang out.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 128 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 25% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 128 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 7% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 27% Not sure
  • 29% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 127 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 127 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 129 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.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 60% Very accepting.

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