Diversity

Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
17,619
Tuition
$46,363
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Awesome diversity, lots of different types of people

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity is highly valued here. In general, acceptance is important to most people here and there are plenty of organizations to support every culture, religion, and sexual orientation.

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4 College Senior

Diversity: On and off campus, I always find a variety of people who either go to USC or simply appreciate the campus and its sports team. We take pride in knowing that when you walk around, you see people from all kinds of backgrounds. No one seems hidden from view.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The financial extremity of attending this school does limit the economic range of students allowed, and I find very few students from my own, moderate background. What is lacked in financial differences is made up for by the range of culture and views that can be found at USC by its highly international and variously affiliated student body.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's called the University of Spoiled Children for a reason. A lot of rich white people.

5 people found this useful Report
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

BJ Grip
Hometown
Colorado Springs, CO
Major
Theater
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Ever since President Sample began his effort to build on academics and enrich the overall environment at USC, the school has become more diverse with each incoming class. Students of all ethnic backgrounds, races, genders, sexual preferences, and disabilities are well represented at USC. The Greek system is not nearly as diverse as the student body, but several efforts are being made to get minority students interested in Greek life, which has become more and more concentrated to the Row as general academic standards have risen. Students entering USC as freshmen are less inclined to party and study more often in the libraries than their predecessors five years ago.

With regards to gay tolerance, while surface-level tolerance is very high, there are still times during the year when the GLBTA banners on lampposts are stolen. Whether this is due to fraternity pranks or subculture intolerance, no one is sure. Many new students who identify with a specific group, minority or not, tend to open up to the rest of the student body as they get involved in campus activities. This process usually takes some time, but once students discover what USC has to offer, group integration is inevitable.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
22%
Hispanic
14%
International
12%
Native American
0%
White
40%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
49%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 19%
20-21: 24%
22-24: 23%
25+: 33%
Female Faculty
37%
Male Faculty
63%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 17%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 64%
Unknown: 8%
Gay Pride
Tolerance is high on campus. The Gay Lesbian Bi Transgender Assembly is highly influential to school administration. Although most fraternities and sororities are opposed to initiating openly gay students, certain houses say they have gay members and are fully supportive of them, which would never have happened 10 years ago. Gay students who are harassed by roommates and neighbors have a strong support system at the GLBTA.
Political Activity
There is a mix between traditional SoCal conservatives and a growing breed of young liberals.
Economic Status
Coined by timeless rival UCLA as the "University of Spoiled Children," the student body at USC comes across as affluent to outsiders. This is not entirely true. Although a huge number of students are wealthy, there is an even greater number of students on financial aid. It is a credit to the University that students are willing to do whatever it takes to study at USC and get involved on campus.
Most Common Religions
Christianity and Judaism are the most common religions at USC, but the presence of other religions is definitely felt. There are student organizations for all kinds of religions, as well as Alpha Gamma Omega, the Christian fraternity.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are more than 300 student organizations on campus, many of which are in the interest of minorities. There is also a Jewish fraternity, Asian fraternity, and an African American fraternity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 138 responses

  • 4% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 10% Conservative
  • 36% Moderate
  • 28% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 138 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 22% Not sure
  • 30% Liberal
  • 3% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 141 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 141 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 139 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 30% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 58% Very accepting.

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