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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: UCSB is an extremely diverse campus and I have not personally witnessed any instances of discrimination toward minorities.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many organizations and programs that promote equal treatment of minority and diverse groups

4 College Junior

Diversity: There's people of all kinds and we all respect that.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Although the school is mainly white, everyone understands diversity and is very accepting. It's a great environment for minorities because people will address you as a minority but you are never treated as one. People are treated equally and are very accepting, as this is largely liberal school.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many students here that all come from different backgrounds. They identify with different economic backgrounds, sexual orientation, and ethnic groups. Everyone here is accepting of their fellow student body and respect them as individuals.

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Demographically, the UCSB student population is considered predominantly Caucasian; however, within the last few years, the campus has been growing in diversity. Diversity is visible on campus and kept present by students in clubs and organizations. UCSB boasts dozens of organizations dedicated to ethnic awareness, both student- and University-run.

Overall, students feel comfortable within the community. Although, UCSB has the least diversity in comparison to the other UC campuses, students feel that there is much more interaction and integration among students here. The majority of students would argue that the campus is mainly white; however, the statistics say that the number of ethnic students is increasing. While the diversity rises, the campus does its best to make all students feel welcomed, regardless of race, sex, gender, economic income, etc. If you belong to a certain group, you can rest assured that there are organizations comprised of students like yourself, where you can interact and feel a sense of community.

Facts & Statistics

African American
2%
Asian
17%
Hispanic
24%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
42%
Unknown
5%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
11%
Common States of Residence
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • New York
  • Texas
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 38%
20-21: 38%
22-24: 11%
25+: 11%
Female Faculty
35%
Male Faculty
65%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 11%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 6%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 1%
Gay Pride
Although the LGBT scene is not big on campus, tolerance is. The campus has a Resource Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity located inside the SRB.
Political Activity
Overall, students tend to be liberal—this is a California college campus, after all. The student Republican, Democrat, Liberal, and Green groups are vocal and very active on campus. In the past, peace marches and walkouts have taken place, and student activism continues to be an important issue for Gauchos.
Economic Status
The student population generally consists of Caucasian students who fall between upper-middle class to the elite. However, UCSB students range in economic status, and because of this, students from all economic backgrounds can feel comfortable on campus.
Most Common Religions
Christianity, Judaism, and Catholicism are the top three religions that students identify with on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many minority clubs on campus, from American Indian Student Association (AISA) to the Thai Student Union (TSU). You name it—there's probably a club for it.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 170 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 5% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 237 responses

  • 17% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 14% Moderate
  • 1% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 16% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 239 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 113 responses

  • 7% Republican
  • 49% Democratic
  • 18% Independent
  • 7% Other party not mentioned
  • 19% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 76 responses

  • 71% 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.
  • 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 113 responses

  • 73% 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.
  • 2% 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 172 responses

  • 54% Very accepting.
  • 44% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 1% 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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