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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is alot of ethnic diversity on campus. To be honest, I haven't seen any LGBT individuals, but I am sure that there are some on campus.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: We have this pseudo-diversity. We have many ethnic minorities, which is cool. There are many religions. There are too many religions, actually. There are Jehovah's Witnesses waving pamphlets in your face and trying to convert you. There are an insane amount of religious activities on campus. There is a secular group that gets almost no publicity compared to all of the religious groups. I could definitely stand to see some more free-thinkers on campus.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: I dont have many freinds or people i know to answer

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: The campus is very diverse compared to others.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: The college of engineering is really diverse.


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If you look around campus, you'll see people from all walks of life. Interestingly enough, however, white students say the campus is very diverse, but students of color say it's not as diverse as it could be. The demographic makeup makes some students feel like outsiders, and it's not unusual to see clusters of whites, clusters of blacks, clusters of Asians, and so on. Of course, that's not to say that there's no social intermixing of races (there most certainly is), just that, quite frequently, people congregate with those who look like themselves. Everyone gets along, though, so you won't feel unsafe because of your race. The city of Sacramento is an incredibly diverse urban area. Sacramento is representative of the state of California because it's home to people of numerous ethnicities. Also, when the word "diverse" comes up, most people think along color lines, but it also applies to age and gender, and Sac State is quite diverse along those lines as well. Female students outnumber male ones, and older students are a visible presence on campus. Because it's a commuter school, several students already have full-time jobs, families, or previous degrees. The larger concentration of students above their early-20s who live off campus is part of the reason why campus culture isn't quite as unified as it could be. After all, how much do you think a 30-something working professional cares about the latest campus football game? Not as much as a lot of the 19-year-olds-not usually.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Alaska
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 22%
20-21: 23%
22-24: 31%
25+: 24%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 14%
Hispanic: 8%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 69%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
The gay community is relatively quiet compared to other groups, but the campus's Queer-Straight Alliance is there for gay, bisexual, and transgender students, as well as their straight friends. Unfortunately, the Alliance sometimes experiences friction with other groups, even within student government. Overall, social acceptance for openly gay people is moderate to favorable, but the organized collective gay voice isn't that prominent.
Political Activity
Most students are moderately liberal, but a large number is conservative, so the liberal majority isn't overwhelming. The student body as a whole isn't politically expressive, but occasional demonstrations occur. Sometimes, obnoxious visitors come to campus to try to rouse them with controversial, offensive rhetoric, but they're not taken seriously. A small percentage of the student body votes in campus elections.
Economic Status
Sac State has students from all over the economic spectrum, but most are middle class and lower-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Most students at Sac State are Christian, but they don't dominate in any way.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The largest minority clubs are for Asians and Latinos.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 40 responses

  • 98% No
  • 2% 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 115 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 19% Liberal
  • 29% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 116 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 31% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 3% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 33% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 118 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 117 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 40 responses

  • 75% No
  • 5% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 15% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 2% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 2% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 40 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 35% Democratic
  • 12% Independent
  • 5% Other party not mentioned
  • 35% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 39 responses

  • 85% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 8% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 5% 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.
  • 3% 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 40 responses

  • 45% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 55% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% 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 40 responses

  • 18% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 22% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 42% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 18% 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 116 responses

  • 62% Very accepting.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% 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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