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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are definitely some minorities that will thrive at this school

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1 College Sophomore

Diversity: As a black female, I hate this school. I almost wanted to drop out first semester because it was so bad. It's very unwelcoming and there's a lot of closeted racism from the students and Greek life. You won't be accepted in to any soci sororities. The black community is very exclusive as well. I hate it here. Also, theres ALOT of white people. I got huge culture shock coming here. Please find a more diverse school if you're a minority. They try to play it up as if its diverse but its not. They think diverse is having blondes and brunettes.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity is just okay. To me, There are not many african americans or others of different race. I mostly see white students.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: there is a great amount diversity on this campus. Also a lot of international students.

4 College Junior

Diversity: The school makes it a point to have opportunities for everyone. There are so many ethnic clubs and fraternities

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Diversity at San Diego State can be a tricky thing. When you’re walking around campus on the weekends, it often feels like everyone is an affluent white person. Greek life is dominated by these types of people, and it seems as if their presence is dominating in numerous aspects of campus life. However, if you truly open your eyes to all the areas of campus, you will find that diversity is actually quite high. Walking around campus on a weekday, you will see a variety of races and people of different cultures. It’s all a matter of how aware you are. If you look at only one scene, you will only see one particular perspective. If you look everywhere, you will see that there is plenty of diversity on the San Diego State campus.

Statistical figures for San Diego State confirm the presence of diversity on campus. There is a large representation of Hispanics and Asians. San Diego State, statistically, is actually considered highly diverse. The classrooms are a perfect example to show off the campus’ diversity. Many ethnic backgrounds and races are represented. Off campus and in the dorms, people who hang out together tend to show diversity.
 

Facts & Statistics

African American
4%
Asian
14%
Hispanic
29%
International
5%
Native American
0%
White
37%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
12%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 26%
20-21: 28%
22-24: 27%
25+: 19%
Female Faculty
45%
Male Faculty
55%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 8%
International: 0%
Native American: 1%
White: 76%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
With the strong Greek life here at San Diego State, falling within the crowd is definitely encouraged. If you wear a shirt that is a little too bright or comb your hair in a certain way, you might be ostracized. This is not to say that San Diego State is intolerant; tolerance is here, it is just not readily visible.
Political Activity
Like the rest of California, politics here at San Diego State tend to fall on the liberal side. While walking through Aztec Center, you will hear protestors preaching about the environment, equal rights, and other issues that they will try to get you to support by signing their petitions. Most of the professors on campus are liberal, though there are a few that fall on the conservative side.
Most Common Religions
For better or for worse, religion does not play a big role here at San Diego State. People are far more concerned with what fraternity or sorority you're aligned with rather than who you pray to. The largest presence felt on campus would be that of the Jewish community simply because they have their own fraternity.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Afrikan Student Union, Arab Student Union, Asian Pacific Student Alliance, Black Social Work Student Caucus, Ethiopian Student Association, Japanese Student Society, Muslim Cultural Club, Raices Unidas, Russian Club, Vietnamese Student Association
Did You Know?
SDSU ranks in the top 20 in the nation for ethnic diversity in the "Americas Best Colleges Guide" by US News & World Report.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 189 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 31% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 19% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 259 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 28% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 264 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 118 responses

  • 14% Republican
  • 39% Democratic
  • 21% Independent
  • 4% Other party not mentioned
  • 21% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 81 responses

  • 59% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 40% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 1% 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

  • 61% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 37% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 3% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 189 responses

  • 60% Very accepting.
  • 35% 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.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.

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