Seattle, WA
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$29,938 ($12,383)
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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's basically half Caucasians and half international students from China/Korea/Japan.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: UW is pretty highly known for its diversity but to be completely honest there is becoming an overtaking from the amount of international students that enroll. To be perfectly honest you can't go into a class without at least 20 asian, or asian/americans attending. The fact of the matter is that it is actually extremely hard to get into a group unless you are already associated with one. Most of the international students hang out with each other, as well with other races, the only time you really get "diversity" is in the dorms. There are groups on campus that are big in the religious part and they pretty much accept anyone but you really have to be down with what they think and believe. It's also really divided even state-wise meaning there are not that many people who come over from the Eastern Washington side of the state, most are from California or around the Seattle area. There are also major clubs that are affiliated with political beliefs however most of them are Liberal.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: In such a big school there is a lot of diversity yet somehow it still feels like the majority of people are from washington or asia.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: People are all really respectful toward other groups

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4 College Student

Diversity: A lot of different people from all different backgrounds.

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  • 41st
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 195th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 1353rd
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Emily Sugiyama
Seattle, WA
English/Women's Studies
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Diversity is difficult to rate because it's such a relative thing, though most people would probably agree that UW has a pretty diverse campus. While there are many races and ethnicities represented in the UW student body, most minorities are not represented in large numbers. The majority of students are white, and there is also a large Asian population. Many students feel that whites and Asians are fairly segregated and that a disproportionate amount of black students are athletes. In all, it truly depends on your background. Some students consider UW to be extremely racially diverse, while others believe there is not a lot of diversity on campus every day. There's definitely a large diversity of backgrounds-from country kids to city dwellers-as well as religious ideologies.

Whatever the statistics say, however, the majority of UW students are politically liberal and the vast majority are socially accepting. It's rare to find a student who is closed minded or discriminatory when it comes to race, ideology, gender, or other identities. Many different voices are heard throughout campus-voices representing various cultures, nationalities, and beliefs. At the same time, however, some of those voices are heard at a disproportionate volume. For instance, the Greek system often dominates campus politics even though there are far less Greeks than non-Greeks on campus. Nevertheless, a walk though campus yields a variety of faces, and there is enough diversity that most people can find a niche of like-minded people.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Hawaii
  • Oregon
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 24%
20-21: 29%
22-24: 18%
25+: 28%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 4%
Native American: 0%
White: 74%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
Seattle is a socially-liberal area with a relatively large gay scene concentrated in the area around Broadway. The UW has a high gay tolerance and a significant LGBT population.
Political Activity
The UW is a relatively politically outgoing campus with a wide range of ideologies. On a typical school day, at least a couple booths on the campus lawn advocate some political or social group or event, and rallies, protests, and marches are not uncommon. The majority of students are politically and socially liberal.
Economic Status
It is extremely varied. Since it is a state school, there are some in-state low- and middle-income students who are attracted to UW for its in-state tuition rates, and there are also students from high-income families.
Most Common Religions
Because UW is so big, there is a fairly wide range of religions represented. Christianity is one popular religion, and there are a fair amount of Christian organizations.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Clubs include African Student Association, Arab Student Union, B.Crew: An Asian American Student Association, Bangladesh Student Association at the UW, Black Student Union at the UW, Chinese Student Association, Le Groupe Français, Libyan Students Association, Malaysian Students Association, Micronesian Islands Club, Mixed, Multicultural Organization of Students Involved in Change, Omega Delta Phi Fraternity (a brotherhood dedicated to the needs and concerns of the Hispanic community), Pakistani Student Association, Thai Student Association at the UW, Turkish American Student Association, UWdesi (a resource for the UW Indian Community), Vietnamese Student Association, World Peace Buddhists, and the Yan Xin Gigong Club.
Did You Know?
In 1968, UW's Black Student Union staged a sit-in at the President's office, demanding a minority education program. After plenty of discussions, the Office of Minority Affairs and the Ethnic Cultural Center/Theater were created to recruit, educate, and help minority students graduate.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 133 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 15% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 8% Conservative
  • 29% Moderate
  • 32% Liberal
  • 13% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 133 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Conservative
  • 17% Moderate
  • 16% Not sure
  • 53% Liberal
  • 14% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 133 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 132 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 133 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 1% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 35% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 63% Very accepting.


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