Diversity

Location
Saint Louis, MO
Undergrads
2,496
Tuition
$23,070
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Diversity: Everyone is accepted for who they are.

4 College Senior

Diversity: There is a huge diversity on campus with the university being an international one. We receive students from all over the country from France, to Thailand to even London.

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Very open, accepting community, especially toward gay culture. Very liberal. Has a big LGBT community and a massive drag ball in the spring. The home campus is set in a white neighborhood, but also has international programs, so you do see people of all walks of life. However students are still primarily white.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Webster University is one of the most acceptant places I've been, the campus is very diverse with many different races, ethnic background and sexual orientation. Considering that Webster is a very liberal school the students and faculty represent that very well. There is nothing about Webster in regard to diversity that I could speak negatively about.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There is definitely a wide range of different students who attend this college.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 19th
    Most Open-Minded Schools
  • 94th
    Most Liberal Schools
  • 1302nd
    Most Conservative Schools

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jamie Pope
Hometown
Saint Louis, MO
Major
Poltical Science / English / German (minor)
Grad Year
2014
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Webster has many campuses throughout the United States and throughout the rest of the world. They have study abroad campuses in London, Vienna, Geneva, Leiden, Thailand, and Japan that you can study at for up to a semester or as minimal as eight weeks. You could also receive free airfare to any of these international campuses, provided you keep the grades above a 2.5 GPA average and you are a second semester freshman.

The main campus itself reflects this global opportunity, with people coming from numerous backgrounds, countries, and cultures. It would not be a surprise if you found one or more different cultures in many of your classes. The best part is that diversity is very much encouraged and tolerated, with not many incidents occurring regarding discriminatory actions. Nearly every month there is a holiday dedicated to one specific culture, and the campus holds an event that is both fun and educational, usually sponsored by the Multicultural Center or another minority-based organization. It is like having a small portion of the world within the heart of St. Louis.

Facts & Statistics

African American
15%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
3%
International
1%
Native American
0%
White
63%
Unknown
15%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
41%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 13%
20-21: 15%
22-24: 13%
25+: 59%
Female Faculty
46%
Male Faculty
54%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 1%
Native American: 0%
White: 90%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
The school has a very active LGTBQ community that isn't afraid to host events, from their annual "Drag Ball" to an "It gets better" mourning ceremony. There are gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender students throughout the campus, and the tolerance level for these students is very accepting and nonjudgmental. There is hardly ever a complaint about discrimination.
Political Activity
The University's forte is human rights, and organizations like Amnesty International have been known to take part in political protests and activity on and outside of campus. There are sometimes smaller groups of students that demonstrate at political events. Recently, some students have taken part in the "Occupy St. Louis" demonstrations downtown, but those were trips done on their own time. There are people that are passionate about their beliefs and are not afraid to say them, but there are also others that are not and they aren't pressured whatsoever.
Economic Status
The majority of students receives some kind of financial aid, whether it is scholarships, grants, or federal aid. There has been an increasing demand for work-study jobs, but with departments having smaller budgets than in previous years, they have had to cut down on work-study positions. There are still students looking around for a job to pay off their tuition costs, and then there are students that maintain multiple jobs just to keep themselves out of massive amounts of loans and debt. Many, if not all, students struggle with tuition costs, no matter what background they have.
Most Common Religions
There is not one set religion. And even when students affiliate themselves with a religion, they have different views on certain areas within their religion. A large amount of these new and different religions can be attributed to the large influx of international students, who are Buddhists, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, pagan, Wiccan, or who have no religious affiliation at all. There will be at least one person you meet that will have a highly different religious view than you.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are many cultural clubs: LASO (Latin American Student Association), Chinese Student Association (CSA), and Japanese Student Association (JSA), to name a few. The most well-known cultural club is the MCISA (Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs). They combine a vast assortment of cultures into one club, with students from all over the world.
Did You Know?
In 1944, Webster University became the second college to admit an African American into higher education when they admitted Irene Thomas, who would major in music.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 44 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 14% Conservative
  • 18% Moderate
  • 27% Liberal
  • 9% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 42 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 10% Moderate
  • 21% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 19% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 42 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 42 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 44 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 20% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 80% Very accepting.

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