Some students will claim that UMW is the "University of Mostly White," and by definition, this holds to be true. However, Mary Washington makes a very conscious effort to promote the importance of diversity through its offices, various clubs, organizations, scholarships, and even classes dedicated to a variety of ethnicities, races, religions, and political views.
The first day of freshman seminar begins with a speech on acceptance and James Farmer, a distinguished Civil Rights leader who once taught at Mary Washington. The statistics can be overwhelming to someone who classifies himself as a minority, but overall, the student body is very tolerant and accepting of diversity. There is always an ample chance to mix in with all types of different people through various clubs and organizations. Although the minority may feel intimidated by an overwhelming majority, the minority will always have a pivotal voice at the University of Mary Washington.