Diversity

Location
Tampa, FL
Undergrads
23,773
Tuition (in-state)
$16,257 ($6,334)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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3 College Junior

Diversity: Life in collage can be learned from. It's an amazing experience to meet people with different cultures because it make us learn about the societies around us.

4 College Junior

Diversity: You can find people from almost every nation.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I do not pay much attention

3 College Junior

Diversity: I don't really notice a whole lot of problems with diversity. I bump into and meet people of all walks of life on campus and unfortunately, or perhaps not, am a little bit naive to any challenges that certain groups of people may have on our campus.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: You can meet people that think somewhat like you or someone that's the complete opposite within minutes

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 106th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 243rd
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1154th
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

USF tops the charts in diversity. At times, the “minorities” on campus seem like the majority. The statistics show that the majority of USF students is white, but judging from the activity in the Marshall Center, MLK Plaza, and Cooper Hall, most people would guess otherwise. Minority groups have made their presence known and will continue to provide sound leadership for minority students. The school offers countless clubs, associations, and alliances for students to join, which help form the collective identity that is USF.

Students who come to USF from non-diverse areas sometimes find the highly diverse campus surprising. Some people who are from rural areas with little knowledge of the diverse cultures of the world are intimidated by the mix of people who attend USF. However, most Floridians are used to the kind of diversity that is present at USF and see it as an accurate representation of Florida. USF holds its diverse student body in high acclaim, representing those of different ethnicities, races, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations to the fullest extent possible. It's a nice thing to have so many different cultures right at your fingertips to go and expand your world horizons without the expense of a trip abroad.

Facts & Statistics

African American
12%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
18%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
58%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
15%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 21%
20-21: 30%
22-24: 26%
25+: 22%
Female Faculty
41%
Male Faculty
59%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 6%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 1%
Native American: 1%
White: 75%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
USF is welcoming to all students, regardless of sexual orientation. The PRIDE Alliance often holds special events to promote awareness about homosexuality.
Political Activity
Students at USF openly share their political views all over campus. With buttons, T-shirts, and an endless stream of free information, the political unions at USF make their voices heard. WBUL listeners can tune in to hear the most liberal-minded students at USF voice their opinions. Recently, dozens of USF students chartered a bus and traveled to Washington, D.C. to protest the War in Iraq.
Economic Status
There are people from all economic backgrounds on campus, but it seems that wealthier students are fewer and farther in between at USF. Many students have scholarships and financial aid, allowing them to attend school cheaply. People from lower-class backgrounds interact with people from middle-class backgrounds on a regular basis, inside and outside of school.
Most Common Religions
There are several social clubs for Christians at USF; however, Judaism and Islam are popular with students on campus, as well.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The Black Student Union has a huge presence at USF. The BSU constantly has parties and fundraising events that are open to everyone, regardless of skin color. There are also several honor societies that are enacted specifically for minorities, and there are plenty of clubs for minority professionals on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 249 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 18% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 21% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 249 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Conservative
  • 30% Moderate
  • 36% Not sure
  • 22% Liberal
  • 7% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 249 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 248 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 250 responses

  • 2% 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.
  • 27% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 69% Very accepting.

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