Diversity

Location
Santa Barbara, CA
Undergrads
18,318
Tuition (in-state)
$36,549 ($13,671)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Pretty diverse campus, and definitely very very liberal.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: I feel like there are so many different kinds of people.

4 College Junior

Diversity: I have numerous friends that aren't asian.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: There isn't much diversity. There aren't a lot of minority students and the school consists of mostly white students.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: You can find plenty of diversity at UCSB and you will most likely get along.

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  • 52nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Louie Tamayo
Hometown
Long Beach
Major
Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Grad Year
2012
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Demographically, the UCSB student population is considered predominantly Caucasian; however, within the last few years, the campus has been growing in diversity. Diversity is visible on campus and kept present by students in clubs and organizations. UCSB boasts dozens of organizations dedicated to ethnic awareness, both student- and University-run.

Overall, students feel comfortable within the community. Although, UCSB has the least diversity in comparison to the other UC campuses, students feel that there is much more interaction and integration among students here. The majority of students would argue that the campus is mainly white; however, the statistics say that the number of ethnic students is increasing. While the diversity rises, the campus does its best to make all students feel welcomed, regardless of race, sex, gender, economic income, etc. If you belong to a certain group, you can rest assured that there are organizations comprised of students like yourself, where you can interact and feel a sense of community.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
16%
Hispanic
24%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
44%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
11%
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 11%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
35%
Male Faculty
65%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Although the LGBT scene is not big on campus, tolerance is. The campus has a Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity located inside the SRB.
Political Activity
Overall, students tend to be liberal—this is a California college campus, after all. The student Republican, Democrat, Liberal, and Green groups are vocal and very active on campus. In the past, peace marches and walkouts have taken place, and student activism continues to be an important issue for Gauchos.
Economic Status
The student population generally consists of Caucasian students who fall between upper-middle class to the elite. However, UCSB students range in economic status, and because of this, students from all economic backgrounds can feel comfortable on campus.
Most Common Religions
Christianity, Judaism, and Catholicism are the top three religions that students identify with on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority clubs on campus, from American Indian Student Association (AISA) to the Thai Student Union (TSU). You name it—there's probably a club for it.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 154 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 39% Liberal
  • 6% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 154 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 16% Moderate
  • 17% Not sure
  • 53% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 154 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 153 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 154 responses

  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 51% Very accepting.

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