Ranked as one of the top 20 most diverse schools in the nation, USF, like San Francisco, is known for its ethnic, racial, political, and sexual diversity. The University tries to cater to all religions (while Jesuit in nature), though there does tend to be an abundance of Catholic students. However, religion isn’t especially trendy—in the Bay Area or at the school itself—so students tend to either ignore religion or embrace it more privately. Most students take advantage of the school’s diverse background by participating in the cultural clubs and organizations available on campus. Though diversity is often discussed in the classroom, USF brings attention to the value of celebrating diversity in everyday life by enabling and encouraging minority groups to create events in order to introduce people to the realities, rewards, and common misconceptions surrounding diversity.
As a result, there are very few cultural clashes at USF. While some minority groups and individuals tend to stick to their own groups of friends, lots of students prefer to mix and mingle with different social groups. Most students at USF welcome the opportunity to have experiences with new and different kinds of people—opportunities that might have eluded them prior to coming to college.