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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There seem to be a good amount of Asian but this is not a problem as far as the rest of diversity on campus. Also I feel like a great majority of students are liberal, however this encourages diversity at UCSD.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: There are many religious clubs on campus as well as LGBT functions

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UCSD has a variety of different people, but yes of course you see more race than others. You will find different people that are different from you. I have a great variety of friends who are a different ethnicity.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of different personalities but very similar economic and ethnic/racial backgrounds.

3 College Junior

Diversity: On one hand, there are a lot of international students that come from all over the world, but that the same time, the school is mostly Asian. There are a lot of cultural events and multicultural housing options and festivals.


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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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 8 responses

  • 88% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 12% 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 106 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 106 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 37% Liberal
  • 36% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 110 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 109 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

  • 50% No
  • 12% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 38% 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

  • 25% Republican
  • 38% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 25% 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.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 29% 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 8 responses

  • 75% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 12% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 12% 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 8 responses

  • 12% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 12% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 12% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 62% 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 107 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 41% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 7% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.



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