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2 College Junior

Diversity: The majority is Asians and Whites on this campus. I have faced challenges as a Latina since there has been racial discrimination on campus. You might get attacked due to your political beliefs.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a lot of diversity all around from what I've seen

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Many students are very accepting of the diversity of campus. But, as always, there are also people that vocally and proactively speak their mind about certain topics.

3 College Senior

Diversity: In the daylight, it looks like acceptance is high here. The campus isn't very diverse, but it seems like other ethnicities and sexual orientations are accepted just fine. But in light of the blackface party that occurred in the fall, I wonder if maybe that's not how most of the students really feel underneath. I would say there's definitely some tension on campus here in that regard.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Tolerance is pretty good here, but there's definitely individual issues with racism on campus. SAE got in trouble for having a party about blackface.

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UCLA’s campus is one of the most diverse in the United States. There are several resource centers on campus for minority students and anyone who wants to learn about other cultures, including the Center for African American Studies, American Indian Students Center, Asian American Studies Center, and the LGBT Campus Resource Center, and there are interesting cultural exhibitions and shows available weekly. There are also plenty of minority student clubs on campus, including the Afrikan Student Union, Asian Pacific Coalition, and MEChA (for Hispanic students).

But, while UCLA is home to students from varied backgrounds, it seems like most tend to mingle within their own ethnic groups. When it does occur, racial bonding is facilitated by intramural sports, parties, and interest-based clubs. Some people are intimidated by ethnic clubs and are hesitant to embrace other cultures, and the vocalization of minority groups can make them seem more plentiful than they really are. But, making a friend for life with a person of another race is definitely possible if you're willing to cross the occasionally rough barrier.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
32%
Hispanic
18%
International
10%
Native American
0%
White
30%
Unknown
3%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
28%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 28%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 16%
25+: 25%
Female Faculty
36%
Male Faculty
64%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 22%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
There is a LGBT Resource Center on campus, and there is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program. However, with such a varied campus, it's a wonder students aren't more accepting of the many gay pride demonstrations that occur. Nobody's outright hateful of homosexuals, but nobody openly embraces them, either.
Political Activity
Whenever policies are instated that affect campus, you can bet a club will host an all-out protest. Rallies, megaphone-yellings, and marches are commonplace as students blast their respective political ideologies. Though they can get obnoxious, it's nice to be reminded of the aware and active attitude of the student body.
Economic Status
Unlike some top-notch universities, the economic status of Bruins is varied. Nobody's ashamed to disclose their reliance on financial aid, and few flaunt their wealth. People seem to place more emphasis on character than money.
Most Common Religions
UCLA's religious displays are overwhelmingly Christian, though Jewish and Muslim students occupy a large social space, as well. Bible studies are plentiful for those interested, and Hillel (the Jewish student center) bakes and sells very popular Challah bread each Friday.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs at UCLA are a political juggernaut on campus-minority students have pride and aren't afraid to encourage change with rallies and protests. There is a political action group at UCLA that mainly comprises the minority clubs and associations on campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 177 responses

  • 7% Progressive/very liberal
  • 34% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 3% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 247 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 49% Liberal
  • 24% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 18% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 253 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 127 responses

  • 13% Republican
  • 41% Democratic
  • 13% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 28% I don't care about politics

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

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 38% 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.
  • 1% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 127 responses

  • 61% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 39% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 177 responses

  • 59% Very accepting.
  • 33% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 6% 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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