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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is so diverse - it matches the diversity of the city.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: In my experiences USF claims to be very diverse but I don't see it. Most of the students come from fairly affluent backgrounds.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our school has a diverse culture.

3 College Senior

Diversity: This school caters to an upper middle class socioeconomic bracket and a huge portion of the students are of Chinese descent. The campus seems predominately liberal and if you're conservative, you'd better keep a low profile or risk ostracism.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Although USF is a private, Jesuit university, it is incredibly diverse. Not only ethnically, but in all aspects. Sure, you'll see more Caucasian/Asians than any other ethnic groups, but that's the norm everywhere. There's a large Latino community, international students hailing everywhere from Sweden to Saudi Arabia and the "others" whose ethnicity are always different/interesting. There is a big LGBT community on campus who are openly welcomed. Discrimination/Racism is not prominent and I have never seen anyone being put down (openly at least). Some students are obviously wealthy and others are not, but you'll see everyone is friends with each other regardless of their economic standing. What's interesting, at least in my experience, is many students are not religious at all. People are not afraid to say they are atheist/agnostic. Others may be affiliated w/ religion, but are not religious at all. Again, it's not a problem. Honestly people here don't care about your ethnicity, how much $ you have or if you believe in God. As long as you're a cool person than you won't have problems.

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Jiordan Castle
Huntington, New York
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Ranked as one of the top 20 most diverse schools in the nation, USF, like San Francisco, is known for its ethnic, racial, political, and sexual diversity. The University tries to cater to all religions (while Jesuit in nature), though there does tend to be an abundance of Catholic students. However, religion isn’t especially trendy—in the Bay Area or at the school itself—so students tend to either ignore religion or embrace it more privately. Most students take advantage of the school’s diverse background by participating in the cultural clubs and organizations available on campus. Though diversity is often discussed in the classroom, USF brings attention to the value of celebrating diversity in everyday life by enabling and encouraging minority groups to create events in order to introduce people to the realities, rewards, and common misconceptions surrounding diversity.

As a result, there are very few cultural clashes at USF. While some minority groups and individuals tend to stick to their own groups of friends, lots of students prefer to mix and mingle with different social groups. Most students at USF welcome the opportunity to have experiences with new and different kinds of people—opportunities that might have eluded them prior to coming to college.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 19%
25+: 30%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Much like San Francisco, USF is very accepting of its gay population. Not only are the students encouraged to be open about their sexuality, but faculty members are encouraged to do the same. The University prides itself in its acceptance and encouragement of diverse sexual orientation.
Political Activity
Most of the students at USF lean to the far left politically. Many students are California natives and strong social liberals at that. While there are many leftist extremists in the student body at USF, there are still a few conservatives to go around. Though the University promotes social justice, much of the student body remains silent or apathetic regarding politics.
Economic Status
Some students do come from wealth, but it's not always the case. Many students rely on need-based aid, but it's certainly not the standard. It's an expensive school, and there are lots of complaints about all of the "rich kids." Students tend to form friendships with other students of similar economic means.
Most Common Religions
All religions are represented throughout campus, though there is a significant number of Catholic students. The school itself is Catholic, so this is to be expected. Religion itself isn't particularly popular at USF, so students don't tend to feel isolated one way or the other. And graduation ceremonies are traditionally held at St. Ignatius Church, which is located on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Seeing as USF is one of the most diverse schools in the country, it supports the idea that minorities should have a strong presence on campus. There's the Black Student Union, Chinese Student and Scholars Association, Japan Club, Queer Alliance, and Indian Student Organization, to name a few. There are more than 10 official clubs labeled as "cultural," while many more exist unofficially.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 80 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 36% Liberal
  • 12% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 79 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 3% Conservative
  • 20% Moderate
  • 11% Not sure
  • 44% Liberal
  • 20% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 76 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 76 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 80 responses

  • 1% 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.
  • 14% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 78% Very accepting.



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