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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not very diverse as a whole. Some people respect diversity more than others but most don't care about diversity.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: At a glance, USD students can look pretty homogenous. However, there definitely is diversity if people look beyond their friend groups which usually resemble themselves.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: There are minorities but in general it's way easier to fit in if you are white/rich/all-american, harder for minorities.

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2 College Junior

Diversity: Rich, white students dominate the campus so it's not very diverse. Not too many minorities represented or known here.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: There's a lot of diversity. International students come from all around the world and most people here are accepting of minorities.

6 people found this useful Report
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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
3%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
17%
International
7%
Native American
0%
White
55%
Unknown
6%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
44%
Common States of Residence
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Nevada
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 31%
20-21: 33%
22-24: 18%
25+: 17%
Female Faculty
47%
Male Faculty
53%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 7%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 78%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
There is a significant number of gay students at USD, and PRIDE, a club for LGBTQ students and allies, is considerably active on campus. They hold an annual dance that usually gets a good turnout, as well as bake sales. They also form a team to participate in the AIDS Walk at Balboa Park every October. Students are generally tolerant and supportive.
Political Activity
The University of San Diego is not a very politically active campus. There are clubs for both the left and right wings, but most students lean right. Sometimes political figures will come and speak on campus, but most political activity is low-key. In the fall semester of 2011, in the heat of the Occupy Movement, the most politically active group was made up of faculty members.
Economic Status
Many students are wealthy, but there are a lot of scholarships for students with financial need. Students from different financial backgrounds interact pretty seamlessly.
Most Common Religions
USD is a Catholic school, so there are some very large Catholic and Christian organizations, and Catholic masses are held every day. The Intervarsity Christian Fellowship has a large presence. There are also a lot of students that don't identify as religious.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although it is a small campus and nearly three-fourths white, USD does have a very active base of minority clubs. The Black Student Union is very active, as is MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán). Other clubs on campus include a Jewish Student Union, an Asian Students Association, and several other groups that emphasize cultural awareness.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 19 responses

  • 89% No
  • 0% 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
  • 11% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 79 responses

  • 16% Progressive/very liberal
  • 13% Liberal
  • 25% Moderate
  • 23% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 78 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 6% Liberal
  • 32% Moderate
  • 38% Conservative
  • 3% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 17% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 78 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 79 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 19 responses

  • 58% No
  • 5% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 11% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 11% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 16% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 19 responses

  • 47% Republican
  • 21% Democratic
  • 21% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 11% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 19 responses

  • 68% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 26% 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.
  • 5% 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 19 responses

  • 26% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 37% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 21% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 16% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 19 responses

  • 37% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 16% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 26% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 21% 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 79 responses

  • 37% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 13% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
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