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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is not terribly diverse simply because of its location but the student body is still perfectly accepting.

3 College Junior

Diversity: SLO Solidarity is a huge movement on campus for a more inclusive environment. We have some work to do

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are a lot of white people.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I know that Cal Poly needs to expand on diversity but they still have a wide range of options for everyone.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: We definitely lack racial and ethnic diversity. However, no one looks down upon those who are minority. It would be nice to see more people of different racial and cultural backgrounds on campus.

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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
1%
Asian
11%
Hispanic
14%
International
2%
Native American
0%
White
62%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
15%
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
33%
Male Faculty
67%
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

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 147 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 31% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 211 responses

  • 1% Progressive/very liberal
  • 22% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 16% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 26% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 213 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 120 responses

  • 17% Republican
  • 42% Democratic
  • 18% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 76 responses

  • 28% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 62% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 11% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 119 responses

  • 30% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 61% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 1% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 146 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.
  • 6% It's hard to be a minority here.
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