Diversity

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$46,363
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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I love the diversity with this campus. You encounter people from all walks of life.

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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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
4%
Asian
22%
Hispanic
13%
International
13%
Native American
0%
White
39%
Unknown
4%
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

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 138 responses

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

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

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

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 142 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

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
  • 40% Democratic
  • 0% Independent
  • 20% Other party not mentioned
  • 40% I don't care about politics

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

  • 100% 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.
  • 0% 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 6 responses

  • 17% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 50% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 33% 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

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 0% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 80% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 20% 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 139 responses

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

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