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$36,624 ($13,746)
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our campus is not that diverse. Most of the population is Caucasian but the numbers of minorities has come up in recent years!

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very accepting and diverse camous, helped largely by the Multicultural Center (MCC), which holds events multiple times a week to promote acceptance and expand peoples knowledge of the world.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very accepting and somewhat diverse

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Lots of different kinds of people end up here (it is california after all), but lots of white people

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Even as a caucasian I was shocked at how many white people there are here. Still, in my personal friend group alone there are three europeans, three hispanics, an armenian, a sri lankan, a chinese, and a japanese person. There's a lot of diversity around and cultural organizations make it easy to find.

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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
2%
Asian
17%
Hispanic
24%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
42%
Unknown
5%
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 5 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 156 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 156 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 54% Liberal
  • 15% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 161 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 161 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 6 responses

  • 100% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% 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 5 responses

  • 0% Republican
  • 60% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 20% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 5 responses

  • 80% 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.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 20% 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 5 responses

  • 80% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 20% 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 5 responses

  • 20% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 20% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 20% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 40% 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 156 responses

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

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