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3 College Freshman

Diversity: This place seems to be for Asian students more than anything

4 College Freshman

Diversity: It's diverse but most of the school's population is Asian.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Ethnic/racial wise it's not very diverse at all, it's mostly Asians. Economically everyone seems to be about middle class. Not many people here seem very religious. Political beliefs are mostly pretty liberal and most everyone is accepting of different sexual orientations.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: UCI is know as the number 1 school who helps low income students.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think UCI is one of the most diverse school that I know.

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UCI is one of the few schools in the nation that can say a minority represents the majority of the overall student population. In this case the majority is Asian American, with about half of the student population being of this descent. Although it’s a bit lopsided, diversity is still there when compared to the mostly white, Anglo-Saxon universities throughout America. More than 15 percent of UCI’s student body consists of minorities other than white and Asian. Blacks and Latinos are represented here as well, and some students believe that the campus is growing more and more diverse.

Most students agree that what one makes of their cultural experience at UCI is ultimately their decision. The more you do to learn about another culture, the greater your understanding and perception of diversity. A lot of clubs are designed to educate people about other cultures, and there are also various events throughout the year where representatives of different countries contribute to this education. The end result is an integrated community where people can keep and remain proud of their heritage. Also, if you look around enough at the various food fairs held throughout the year, there’s a fair showing of Greek, Indian, and African American booths, a fun way to celebrate and learn about another culture. No matter what your background may be, you shouldn’t have a problem finding your niche at UCI, and that niche might not be limited to your culture of origin.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
47%
Hispanic
19%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
18%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
14%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 14%
25+: 16%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 24%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 65%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
UCI has a Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual Resource Center, as well as the group organizations Irvine Queers and OUTspoken, all of which encourage students to be more open and aware about differing sexual orientations among their peers and act as support groups.
Political Activity
Not known for being the most political campus within the UC system, UCI almost finds pride in having minimal student protests compared to Berkeley or UCLA. The passion’s definitely there, but most Anteaters prefer just chilling with the flow, instead of trying to break political waves.
Economic Status
Although UCI does have a student body that varies in socioeconomic diversity, judging by the high number of BMWs and Lexuses (or high number of cars period) in the parking lots, it’s safe to say the majority of UCI students lean towards economically-strong family backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
Since this is the socially conservative and Republican Orange County, it makes sense that Christian groups are by far the most numerous on campus. Beating out the fraternities and sororities in their zealous flyer handouts, it’s not hard to find an eager Christian waiting to salvage your soul just outside the classroom doors when lectures end.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are an overwhelming majority at UCI. Even fraternities and sororities also seem to be ethnically-based. This is readily apparent along Ring Road where most of the Greeks hang out.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 143 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 25% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 24% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 185 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 32% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 29% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 191 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 90 responses

  • 6% Republican
  • 46% Democratic
  • 14% Independent
  • 3% Other party not mentioned
  • 31% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 50 responses

  • 68% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 26% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 6% 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 90 responses

  • 57% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 36% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 7% 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 143 responses

  • 61% 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.
  • 1% It's hard to be a minority here.

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