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Diversity

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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: The conversations are happening, and students name things when they're not okay with it.

5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: GW is very diverse. You will meet a ton of different people here.

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2 College Freshman

Diversity: GW is known for being diverse but it isn't. It's a lot of bougie east-coast prep kids. There's not a lot of racial or socio-economic diversity. I have found it extremely difficult to be a scholarship/FWS student here. Class is very apparent from walking around on campus to greek life to night life. I've heard a lot of sexist and racist comments. Although students say they're liberal, they're not very open minded at all. I was overwhelmed by the lack of diversity here at GW.

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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not a whole lot of diversity - most students are affluent, white, incredibly liberal, and not very religious. The one exception to this is the large fraction of the student body who are gay/lesbian.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I have never been to a more diverse setting in my whole life. Everyone seems generally accepting of people and beliefs that differs from theirs.

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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
7%
Asian
9%
Hispanic
7%
International
9%
Native American
0%
White
58%
Unknown
7%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
99%
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
43%
Male Faculty
57%
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 86 responses

  • 15% Progressive/very liberal
  • 30% Liberal
  • 30% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 8% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 118 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 48% Liberal
  • 17% Moderate
  • 2% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 119 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 54 responses

  • 11% Republican
  • 56% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 2% Other party not mentioned
  • 11% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 81% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 19% 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 accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 55 responses

  • 85% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 15% 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 accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 87 responses

  • 66% Very accepting.
  • 30% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% 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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