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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a large and vocal gay community that is very much supported by the student body (cough cough politically liberal community). There is also a strong Indian and Asian presence, represented by their many clubs and such. Although there is a high percentage of African Americans in DC, it is not reflected in the classrooms. We are mostly rich white kids who got rejected from Georgetown.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: I believe most people stick to their own group but, the diversity can be seen.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's actually a little weird. At GW, majority of students identify as gay. Many of the students are international. The school tends to be liberal, though there are a few conservatives. All religions are on campus, though majority of students are Jewish.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is a great mix of people from all over the world and with so many different views!


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  • 54th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 217th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1341st
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

David Glidden
Fuquay-Varina, NC
International Affairs (Spanish minor)
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The majority of GW's student body is made up of white students from the East Coast; however, the University has a decent representation of students of different ethnicities, places of origin, and races. Washington, in general, attracts a diverse population. But while GW is a somewhat diverse campus, individual ethnic groups tend to stick together. Asian, black, Jewish, Arab, and Muslim students host cultural events to which the entire GW community is invited. However, the majority of attendees are usually students who are a part of the culture hosting the event, and students usually socialize with those of similar background.

Outside of cultural activities, students have the chance to meet people of other religions and races during class and at social events. International affairs courses attract an ethnically diverse group of interested students, as do certain other types of classes. Most fraternities and sororities are primarily white, but there are students of other backgrounds in the organizations. In addition, there are fraternities and sororities specifically for Asian, black, Latino, and Jewish students.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 19%
20-21: 26%
22-24: 26%
25+: 30%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 78%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The student body is generally very open and friendly toward the gay community. The main student organization for gay advocacy, Allied in Pride, is very visible on campus. The University has also formed a small LGBT resource center for education, support, and advocacy for the gay community. Since there is an active and present gay population at GW, students are willing to accept and understand the gay community's rights and interests.
Political Activity
Living in the nation's capital inspires many GW students' interest in the political process. Many come to GW with the hope of one day serving in political office on Capitol Hill or in the White House. GW is one of the most politically active universities in the country, and many of the students here are proud of that fact. Although the campus is by far composed primarily of politically liberal students, a small but tight group of politically conservative students also finds its place here.
Economic Status
Because it's an expensive college, many GW students come from middle- to upper-class families. Although many students receive financial aid and are on work study programs, quite a lot of students complain about all the "rich kids" dressed in designer clothing and sunglasses who like to show off their money.
Most Common Religions
There is a relatively large Jewish population on GW's campus, and a large presence of Jewish-related activities and Greek organizations. There are several Christian groups, which are generally not as vocal as the Jewish organizations but are still present. The Muslim community hosts several activities throughout the year, including forums on diversity and cultural events. Various other groups also host events and lectures concerning religion and culture. No single religion dominates campus, but there are plenty of opportunities to become involved with religious organizations or participate in religious events.
Minority Clubs on Campus
GW's minority organizations are quite active on campus. Asian, Indian, and Middle Eastern religious organizations, among others, hold events and cultural celebrations throughout the year. Bhangra Blowout, organized by the South Asian Society, is a dance competition held in DC each year that attracts thousands of college students from across the country. There are also black, Asian, Latino, and Jewish fraternities and sororities that are active on campus. Other minority organizations such as Asian, black, Latino, Jewish, Christian and various other minority clubs also hold activities on campus.

Student Polls

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

  • 7% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 28% Liberal
  • 15% Progressive/very liberal

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

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 14% Not sure
  • 52% Liberal
  • 19% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 82 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 81 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 81 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 68% Very accepting.


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