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Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Again, I participate in the online program so my friends are not necessarily linked to the school I attend.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The school is not very diverse. Over my time here I have noticed an increase and in diversity with each coming class but the majority of students who attend here are white and of a higher socio-economic status. Of course that is not everyone who attends here but it just happens to be the majority.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very few minorities but it wasn't an issue for me

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2 College Senior

Diversity: I would say 70% white and 30% (black, latino, asian). about 60% girls and 40% boys.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Ethnic diversity is the number one thing administration is trying to work on. Economic status, however, is something I don't think will change. There are a lot of people that are very well off, driving insanely expensive cars, but there are others who wouldn't be here without a scholarship and they're not embarrassed to say it either (like myself).

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Shannon Palka
Thousand Oaks, CA
English and Theology
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USD is definitely not thought of as a particularly diverse school. Most of the student population is white, Christian, and economically well-off, with only around 25 percent of minority students. However, in recent years, the administration has made serious attempts to increase diversity on campus. Lots of scholarship money is available for qualified minority students. Student Outreach And Recruitment (SOAR) holds a number of recruitment events for minority students and travels around the greater San Diego area in attempt to recruit more minority students.

Although the student population at USD is still very homogeneous, the campus is very laid-back and accepting of all types of minorities. USD tries to make all students feel welcome, regardless of their economic status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Every fall, Public Affairs, Associated Students, and Torero Program Board sponsor Hate Crimes Awareness Week, where students are given information and can pledge to stand up against hate crimes and help promote acceptance on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Nevada
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 18%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 78%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a significant number of gay students at USD, and PRIDE, a club for LGBTQ students and allies, is considerably active on campus. They hold an annual dance that usually gets a good turnout, as well as bake sales. They also form a team to participate in the AIDS Walk at Balboa Park every October. Students are generally tolerant and supportive.
Political Activity
The University of San Diego is not a very politically active campus. There are clubs for both the left and right wings, but most students lean right. Sometimes political figures will come and speak on campus, but most political activity is low-key. In the fall semester of 2011, in the heat of the Occupy Movement, the most politically active group was made up of faculty members.
Economic Status
Many students are wealthy, but there are a lot of scholarships for students with financial need. Students from different financial backgrounds interact pretty seamlessly.
Most Common Religions
USD is a Catholic school, so there are some very large Catholic and Christian organizations, and Catholic masses are held every day. The Intervarsity Christian Fellowship has a large presence. There are also a lot of students that don't identify as religious.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although it is a small campus and nearly three-fourths white, USD does have a very active base of minority clubs. The Black Student Union is very active, as is MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán). Other clubs on campus include a Jewish Student Union, an Asian Students Association, and several other groups that emphasize cultural awareness.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 74 responses

  • 18% Progressive/very liberal
  • 14% Liberal
  • 26% Moderate
  • 22% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 74 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 7% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 35% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 74 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 74 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 75 responses

  • 39% Very accepting.
  • 48% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
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