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$35,575 ($12,697)
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4 College Senior

Diversity: There is great ethnic diversity on campus and everyone is very accepting of each other.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: An abundant array of ethnicities and cultures are apparent upon stepping onto the campus. There are also events that go on to showcase the diversity and the pride that UCLA has for it. There have been a couple of cases in the recent past that involve racial slurs and the like. This, however, does not represent the majority's level of acceptance for ethnicities, sexuality preferences and socioeconomic statuses.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There could be more diversity in terms of more African Americans, but there is definitely a good mix of Asians, Mexican Americans, etc.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is a wide range of diversity across campus that is visibly seen with the student demonstrations. LGBT flags hang from buildings, ethnic groups fight for their home country or other countries by asking for other student participation/help, and above all, people are generally accepting of other peoples beliefs and choices.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is diversity on campus, but in regards to race, it is not as abundant.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Suzy Strutner
Hometown
Newport Beach, Calif.
Major
Communication Studies
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UCLA’s campus is one of the most diverse in the United States. There are several resource centers on campus for minority students and anyone who wants to learn about other cultures, including the Center for African American Studies, American Indian Students Center, Asian American Studies Center, and the LGBT Campus Resource Center, and there are interesting cultural exhibitions and shows available weekly. There are also plenty of minority student clubs on campus, including the Afrikan Student Union, Asian Pacific Coalition, and MEChA (for Hispanic students).

But, while UCLA is home to students from varied backgrounds, it seems like most tend to mingle within their own ethnic groups. When it does occur, racial bonding is facilitated by intramural sports, parties, and interest-based clubs. Some people are intimidated by ethnic clubs and are hesitant to embrace other cultures, and the vocalization of minority groups can make them seem more plentiful than they really are. But, making a friend for life with a person of another race is definitely possible if you're willing to cross the occasionally rough barrier.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
32%
Hispanic
18%
International
10%
Native American
0%
White
30%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
28%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 16%
25+: 25%
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 22%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
There is a LGBT Resource Center on campus, and there is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program. However, with such a varied campus, it's a wonder students aren't more accepting of the many gay pride demonstrations that occur. Nobody's outright hateful of homosexuals, but nobody openly embraces them, either.
Political Activity
Whenever policies are instated that affect campus, you can bet a club will host an all-out protest. Rallies, megaphone-yellings, and marches are commonplace as students blast their respective political ideologies. Though they can get obnoxious, it's nice to be reminded of the aware and active attitude of the student body.
Economic Status
Unlike some top-notch universities, the economic status of Bruins is varied. Nobody's ashamed to disclose their reliance on financial aid, and few flaunt their wealth. People seem to place more emphasis on character than money.
Most Common Religions
UCLA's religious displays are overwhelmingly Christian, though Jewish and Muslim students occupy a large social space, as well. Bible studies are plentiful for those interested, and Hillel (the Jewish student center) bakes and sells very popular Challah bread each Friday.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs at UCLA are a political juggernaut on campus-minority students have pride and aren't afraid to encourage change with rallies and protests. There is a political action group at UCLA that mainly comprises the minority clubs and associations on campus.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% 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 161 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 13% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 35% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 161 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 17% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 4% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 169 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 169 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 8 responses

  • 62% No
  • 25% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 12% 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 8 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 25% Democratic
  • 25% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 38% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 7 responses

  • 71% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 14% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 14% 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 8 responses

  • 25% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 75% 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 7 responses

  • 29% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 43% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 29% 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 161 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 6% 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.
  • 60% Very accepting.

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