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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diverse in almost every way.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: USC is on the conservative side of liberal. International students tend to keep to themselves, and the student government is mostly white and male. Greek life is extremely heteronormative and it tends to be a breeding ground for sexism. Racial diversity is not as much of an issue - USC has a pretty typical mix for a private university.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: This is definitely one of the more conservative universities in California, especially within Greek life, there are sooo many conservatives, which was kind of a culture shock because I am from Seattle, where I never really see that many Republicans anywhere besides my grandfather's country club... I honestly feel like if you parked on the row your car could get keyed for having a Bernie bumper sticker. However, while it's especially conservative among the Greek system, there's an abundance of Republican GDIs. It makes me laugh when people say that USC discriminates against conservatives because they're all I meet. There is definitely a lot of racism, but it's more subtle microagressions rather than outright discrimination (*cough cough Mizzou*). The few minorities here prefer to stay in packs. As for socioeconomic diversity here, it's honestly the worst. I come from an upper middle class family and I still feel somewhat discriminated against, they don't call it University of Spoiled Children for nothing... It's completely centered around the very wealthy.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: I have gay parents and everyone has been very supportive of my family.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I know there are some concerns, but I personally have never seen anything negative occur. I have many minority friends, and it does not seem like they are treated any differently. As far as I have seen, no one really focuses on that.


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Ever since President Sample began his effort to build on academics and enrich the overall environment at USC, the school has become more diverse with each incoming class. Students of all ethnic backgrounds, races, genders, sexual preferences, and disabilities are well represented at USC. The Greek system is not nearly as diverse as the student body, but several efforts are being made to get minority students interested in Greek life, which has become more and more concentrated to the Row as general academic standards have risen. Students entering USC as freshmen are less inclined to party and study more often in the libraries than their predecessors five years ago.

With regards to gay tolerance, while surface-level tolerance is very high, there are still times during the year when the GLBTA banners on lampposts are stolen. Whether this is due to fraternity pranks or subculture intolerance, no one is sure. Many new students who identify with a specific group, minority or not, tend to open up to the rest of the student body as they get involved in campus activities. This process usually takes some time, but once students discover what USC has to offer, group integration is inevitable.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 19%
20-21: 24%
22-24: 23%
25+: 33%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 17%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 64%
Unknown: 8%
Gay Pride
Tolerance is high on campus. The Gay Lesbian Bi Transgender Assembly is highly influential to school administration. Although most fraternities and sororities are opposed to initiating openly gay students, certain houses say they have gay members and are fully supportive of them, which would never have happened 10 years ago. Gay students who are harassed by roommates and neighbors have a strong support system at the GLBTA.
Political Activity
There is a mix between traditional SoCal conservatives and a growing breed of young liberals.
Economic Status
Coined by timeless rival UCLA as the "University of Spoiled Children," the student body at USC comes across as affluent to outsiders. This is not entirely true. Although a huge number of students are wealthy, there is an even greater number of students on financial aid. It is a credit to the University that students are willing to do whatever it takes to study at USC and get involved on campus.
Most Common Religions
Christianity and Judaism are the most common religions at USC, but the presence of other religions is definitely felt. There are student organizations for all kinds of religions, as well as Alpha Gamma Omega, the Christian fraternity.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are more than 300 student organizations on campus, many of which are in the interest of minorities. There is also a Jewish fraternity, Asian fraternity, and an African American fraternity.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 157 responses

  • 8% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 34% Moderate
  • 11% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 4% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 206 responses

  • 4% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 33% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 206 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 108 responses

  • 10% Republican
  • 47% Democratic
  • 14% Independent
  • 6% Other party not mentioned
  • 23% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 57 responses

  • 49% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 47% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% 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 108 responses

  • 49% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 45% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 5% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 1% 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 158 responses

  • 55% Very accepting.
  • 32% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.


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