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Diversity: Its a very accepting place to be and study so you feel comfortable.

5 College Junior

Diversity: I came here for the diversity and wasn't disappointed. It's way more realistic than studying abroad. It's a unique microcosm of diversity. Never in your life will you live in a place as diverse as campus.

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Diversity: There is a diverse student population. While I am not sure of how many people openly display their beliefs and orientations, there certainly seems to be many people, who openly display their beliefs. Additionally, the school is the most ethnically diverse college is the UC system, which can be a problem, because people do not always understand other peoples' cultures, which can cause people to unintentionally offend others.

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Diversity: One of the reasons I attended UCR is because of the diverse student population.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have many centers on campus that provide students with diverse information. Everyone is welcomes and has a place to talk to someone they can relate to. There are often many presentations or lectures that inform and help others understand. They are very helpful and informative.


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UCR is one of the most diverse universities in the United States. Students gladly take the chance to meet others who are from different groups, especially since tolerance and broad-mindedness is not only welcomed, but expected. Although there are a number of students from various economic and ethnic backgrounds, most tend to segregate themselves. Many fraternities, sororities, and student organizations and clubs are based on ethnicity and religion, and Chicano, African, LGBT, Asian, and women centers are located by the HUB (Highlander Union Building), the main student building on campus.

In the residence housing, there is an LGBT hall, as well as two ethnic-based special-interest halls: the Pan-African Theme Hall for African Americans and the Unete a Mundo Hall for those of Spanish, Mexican, and Latino descents. Despite the separations, the overall culture at UCR is very inclusive, and virtually all minorities are accepted without a second thought. Ultimately, UCR offers a great opportunity for students to broaden their horizons and associate with people outside their realm of experience.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 35%
20-21: 35%
22-24: 16%
25+: 12%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 20%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 2%
Native American: 1%
White: 66%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
There have been a few hate incidences and crimes, but these have occurred in the University Village or surrounding areas of campus, rather than on the campus itself. Students, for the most part, are pretty tolerant around campus.
Political Activity
Political activity comes and goes. When the situation escalates in the Middle East or other big political happenings occur, protesters become visible-some more visible than others. But, overall, political activity on campus is fairly subdued. UCR does have active political clubs for each political party and has several programs that relate to specific issues.
Economic Status
UCR has students from a large range of economic backgrounds. Many students must work their way through school, and others rely on financial aid. An increasing number of students seem to be looking for jobs in order to keep up with the rising cost of tuition.
Most Common Religions
There is not much religious activity on the UCR campus. The majority is agnostic or atheist, but there is a prominent number of Muslims and Christians, too. Like many college campuses, there are religious advertisers, but for the most part, the most visible religious activity that takes place on campus is the weekly prayers at the Bell Tower.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Clubs and organizations, including the fraternities and sororities, often set up tables during the day to share their culture with the campus.
Did You Know?
  • The UCR Affirmative Action Plan works not only to combat ethnic and gender intolerance, but also ageism, specifically toward veterans and individuals with disabilities.
  • Based on UCR's nearly 29 percent Chicano and Latino student population, the University per law is designated a Hispanic Serving Institution.
  • UCR was one of the first institutions to recruit home-schooled and non-traditionally-educated students.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 25 responses

  • 96% No
  • 4% 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 118 responses

  • 13% Progressive/very liberal
  • 34% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 8% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 118 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 31% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 119 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 118 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 25 responses

  • 60% No
  • 20% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 16% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 4% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 25 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 64% Democratic
  • 8% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 16% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 25 responses

  • 88% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 12% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% 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 25 responses

  • 64% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 28% 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.
  • 8% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 25 responses

  • 12% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 12% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 44% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 32% 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 117 responses

  • 72% Very accepting.
  • 26% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% 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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