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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everyone is white. I am the diversity. I did enjoy all the white girls.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: Cal Poly students tend to be pretty similar. Ethnic diversity is rare, but diversity is more than just skin color (as everyone here likes to say). Political beliefs vary, as do religion. Being gay I can speak to the LGBTQ atmosphere, which is lacking. Steps are being done to improve it, but if you identify LGBTQ and are planning on finding a giant accepting population with a huge dating pool, look at another school. Theres plenty of other strong STEM colleges with a better queer atmosphere. Cal Poly's policies are generally mid 1980's, and I don't see any large changes coming soon.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Most students on campus are white, but the minorities are not bullied. In fact, the cultural center hosts several events throughout the year to increase awareness and acceptance of minorities.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Sadly, there is not a lot of diversity on campus. There are a lot of clubs and organizations that want to change that and hosts events around campus to promote more diversity, such as PolyCultural Weekend and CultureFest.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The atmosphere here at the University is far better than anyone would have expected. Everyone for the most part is accepting and friendly, both compositions of the characteristics that attribute to San Luis Obispo's ambient atmosphere and its reputation for being the "Happiest Place in the Country."


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Diversity is more than just the color of your skin, and that is evidenced by the wide array of students who attend Cal Poly. That being said, the majority of students here at Cal Poly is Caucasian. The administration as a whole has made an effort to make students of all ethnicities feel welcome at the University. Having friends with many different backgrounds is not uncommon. One thing that Cal Poly students realize is that even in an ethnically homogeneous group of people, there can still be much diversity. It isn't hard to find people of different cultures in class. 

Another thing to be aware of is that there are many multicultural clubs and organizations. Some of these organizations are culture-specific (Chinese Students' Association, for example), but by no means culture-exclusive. These organizations welcome students unconditionally and even the seemingly homoegeneous clubs have more diversity than most people would anticipate. Conflicts regarding diversity usually surround issues of sexuality rather than race or gender. Fortunately, Cal Poly has the Pride Center on campus that supports students of any sexuality.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 20%
25+: 4%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 81%
Unknown: 4%
Gay Pride
Cal Poly leaves a little to be desired in this area. However, it seems to be getting better. LGBT groups definitely have the protection and support of the administration.
Political Activity
Cal Poly is active on both ends of the political spectrum. At one end, we have peace protests, and on the other, pro-war rallies supporting the troops in Iraq. The school newspaper, Mustang Daily, has reported that student voting numbers in on-campus elections (for student body president) have continued to go down in recent years. But, if you're looking for heated debates, they're not hard to be found. On the other hand, nobody bugs you if you just don't care.
Economic Status
Economically, Cal Poly is quite diverse. Many students work their way through college, taking out enormous loans, while others seem to have an inexhaustible supply of parental finances.
Most Common Religions
Christianity is the major religious force in the community. There are three or four on-campus ministries and plenty of churches to choose from. It's not uncommon to walk by a group of people and overhear their Bible study. With that being said, there are other vibrant religious communities (including many, many students with no religious affiliation whatsoever).
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are clubs on campus that have a racial and cultural connection, including Greek societies.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 42 responses

  • 98% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 2% 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 134 responses

  • 6% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 133 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 17% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 21% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 25% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 136 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 136 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 42 responses

  • 74% No
  • 2% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 17% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 2% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 5% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 42 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 5% Other party not mentioned
  • 33% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 41 responses

  • 83% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 7% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 2% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 5% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 2% 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 42 responses

  • 36% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 57% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 5% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 2% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 42 responses

  • 12% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 19% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 17% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 52% 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 134 responses

  • 37% Very accepting.
  • 51% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 5% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 7% It's hard to be a minority here.
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