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5 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is very diverse, probably one of the most diverse places I've ever been.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The school is so diverse - it matches the diversity of the city.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: In my experiences USF claims to be very diverse but I don't see it. Most of the students come from fairly affluent backgrounds.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Our school has a diverse culture.

3 College Senior

Diversity: This school caters to an upper middle class socioeconomic bracket and a huge portion of the students are of Chinese descent. The campus seems predominately liberal and if you're conservative, you'd better keep a low profile or risk ostracism.

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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 25%
22-24: 19%
25+: 30%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 9%
Hispanic: 6%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 74%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Much like San Francisco, USF is very accepting of its gay population. Not only are the students encouraged to be open about their sexuality, but faculty members are encouraged to do the same. The University prides itself in its acceptance and encouragement of diverse sexual orientation.
Political Activity
Most of the students at USF lean to the far left politically. Many students are California natives and strong social liberals at that. While there are many leftist extremists in the student body at USF, there are still a few conservatives to go around. Though the University promotes social justice, much of the student body remains silent or apathetic regarding politics.
Economic Status
Some students do come from wealth, but it's not always the case. Many students rely on need-based aid, but it's certainly not the standard. It's an expensive school, and there are lots of complaints about all of the "rich kids." Students tend to form friendships with other students of similar economic means.
Most Common Religions
All religions are represented throughout campus, though there is a significant number of Catholic students. The school itself is Catholic, so this is to be expected. Religion itself isn't particularly popular at USF, so students don't tend to feel isolated one way or the other. And graduation ceremonies are traditionally held at St. Ignatius Church, which is located on campus.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Seeing as USF is one of the most diverse schools in the country, it supports the idea that minorities should have a strong presence on campus. There's the Black Student Union, Chinese Student and Scholars Association, Japan Club, Queer Alliance, and Indian Student Organization, to name a few. There are more than 10 official clubs labeled as "cultural," while many more exist unofficially.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 16 responses

  • 100% 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
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 81 responses

  • 12% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 10% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 81 responses

  • 22% Progressive/very liberal
  • 43% Liberal
  • 20% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 11% 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 77 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 15 responses

  • 60% No
  • 7% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 20% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 7% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 7% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Republican
  • 40% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 20% Other party not mentioned
  • 13% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 15 responses

  • 73% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 7% 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.
  • 13% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 7% 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 15 responses

  • 87% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 13% 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.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 15 responses

  • 7% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 7% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 33% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 53% 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 81 responses

  • 78% Very accepting.
  • 14% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 7% 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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