USD is definitely not thought of as a particularly diverse school. Most of the student population is white, Christian, and economically well-off, with only around 25 percent of minority students. However, in recent years, the administration has made serious attempts to increase diversity on campus. Lots of scholarship money is available for qualified minority students. Student Outreach And Recruitment (SOAR) holds a number of recruitment events for minority students and travels around the greater San Diego area in attempt to recruit more minority students.
Although the student population at USD is still very homogeneous, the campus is very laid-back and accepting of all types of minorities. USD tries to make all students feel welcome, regardless of their economic status, race, religion, or sexual orientation. Every fall, Public Affairs, Associated Students, and Torero Program Board sponsor Hate Crimes Awareness Week, where students are given information and can pledge to stand up against hate crimes and help promote acceptance on campus.