La Jolla, CA
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$36,095 ($13,217)
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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I had two international students living in the same suite as me my first year. It is always nice to meet people from different places, culture and religion from my own.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There are numerous people with different ethnic backgrounds.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UCSD puts diversity in high regards and there are students of every kind on campus. There are organizations for all types of interests as well.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Just the insensitive jokes get a little out of hand sometimes...

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Universities are trying to be more diverse with their admits, and although the Asian demographic is large, there are many other races and ethnicities on campus. There is hardly an prejudice, and everyone keeps to theirselves. Many clubs are offered to a certain demographic, but for most there is no expectation that you be that demographic and are opened to everyone.


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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Juan Ramirez
El Monte, Calif.
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Most students agree that UCSD is diverse, but it is still dominantly made up of Caucasian and Asian students, and there are fewer African American and Hispanic students on campus. UCSD students do have a diverse set of political, religious, and social views. Although campus is mostly Caucasian and Asian, there is still a great number of different cultures represented. Many different ethnic, racial, and religious groups at UCSD have formed clubs and organizations to work as support groups for their members, and they also work to educate other students of the diversity on campus. The faculty at UCSD remains pitifully undiverse, racially, ethnically, and by gender. Although it differs by department, expect to have mostly Caucasian male professors.

Since the end of Affirmative Action in 1995, the diversity at UCSD has gone down considerably, but it is now rising again. UCSD is diverse, but it does not accurately represent the diversity in California. There are many programs that `actively try to create more diversity at UCSD by reaching out to high school students in San Diego and across the state, so hopefully in the coming years, UCSD will regain some of the diversity it lost.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Foreign countries
  • Nevada
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 32%
22-24: 21%
25+: 18%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 19%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 71%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
The UCSD campus is accepting of any kind of sexual orientation. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Office connects students, faculty, and staff together to promote diversity and acceptance. The office also organizes support groups and social groups in which anyone can participate. Its annual dance is very popular on campus.
Political Activity
UCSD students are generally liberal, and in the last couple of years, more students have become politically aware and more active in political issues. In the past, UCSD has had an active political life, especially during the Vietnam War. Some of this political activity is being recharged through organizations, clubs, and social groups based around political parties and ideas.
Economic Status
Financial aid through the form of grants and loans make attending UCSD open to everyone regardless of economic status, although the majority of UCSD students are middle class.
Most Common Religions
UCSD is a public institution—therefore, it has no religious affiliation. Christian groups, both Protestant and Catholic, are visible on campus. Many people attend bible studies and group meetings. Also the Jewish Student Association and the Muslim Student Association are very active on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are very popular on campus and are available for various different ethnicities and religious and social groups. If there isn’t a minority club that fits your interest, you can also start a new one. For a list of clubs, look at http://asucsd.ucsd.edu. There is also a Cross-Cultural Center, which has programs open to all students (ccc.ucsd.edu).

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 105 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 31% Moderate
  • 30% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 105 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 23% Not sure
  • 37% Liberal
  • 1% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 107 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 106 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 106 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 8% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 42% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 49% Very accepting.



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