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3 College Freshman

Diversity: UMW- university of mostly whites

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2 College Junior

Diversity: 80% white and mostly kids from northern virginia. Really no diverstiy however much they tell you its diverse.

Off topic but the "new" ITCC tech center aka the convergence center/"the verge" is already falling apart! LOL People have been posting pictures and videos on facebook and sharing them of water leaking from the ceiling and flooding different rooms. The building was obviously built sacrificing quality for speed and cheap materials (took 1 yr to build). They must have really needed it fast to try to attract (trick) new students to come here by showing off their awesome new building that they can be the first to use. So exciting! But yeah, instead of investing in quality they went for cheapness and speed and decided to spend money on the really uncomfortable spinny chairs that look really cool but no one uses. Such marketing tools this school uses but they're failing.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: This school is mostly white people but they are all accepting of others.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: The school tries to sell itself as diverse (a blatant lie) but the #'s don't lie. Its 80% white. If you have a minority belief you will be basically condemned. UMW: where we say we are open minded but if you are not open minded like us, you're wrong lol

Complete hipster school btw.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: UMW really tries to be diverse. Tries.


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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.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 40%
20-21: 41%
22-24: 13%
25+: 6%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 4%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 86%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Mary Washington thrives in the acceptance and tolerance of its gay and lesbian population. Groups of peers are commonly mixed with different sexual orientations, as generally no one seems to mind different lifestyles. There is a student organization called People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities (PRISM), in which the organization promotes a safe and inclusive social setting for people of all sexual orientations.
Political Activity
Political activity is apparent on Mary Washington's campus, from the various student groups to something as simple as seeing "pro-choice" written in chalk on the sidewalk. While the campus tends to lean left, there is still a student club dedicated to Republicans called College Republicans. These political clubs advocate their interests primarily amongst themselves and through fliers, as they attempt to promote the understanding of young people in the political process.
Economic Status
There is an entire spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds at the University. There is a huge disparity of economic backgrounds on campus, which makes it evident that the school is successful in its attempt at economic-status diversity. The school provides many financial aid opportunities, so there are many students on loans, financial aid, and scholarships.
Most Common Religions
There are a few prominent Christian groups at the University that hold meetings regularly, and because of their popularity, Mary Washington is rumored to have the standard religion of Christianity. However, there are various other clubs that, while smaller and less recognized, are dedicated to several other religions. The University is not associated with a single religious affiliation; students respect each other's thoughts and ideas.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of popular minority clubs at Mary Washington, including African Student Union, Asian Student Association (ASA), Black Student Association (BSA), Jewish Student Association/Hillel (JSA), and People for the Rights of Individuals of Sexual Minorities (PRISM). These organizations attempt to create a comfortable environment, as they create places where minorities are able to associate with people from similar backgrounds. The clubs are visible through their various activities on campus.
Did You Know?
The James Farmer sculpture at Mary Washington is dedicated to Civil Rights activist, James Farmer, who once held a position as the Virginia Commonwealth Professor of History at Mary Washington.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 92% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 8% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 37 responses

  • 5% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 41% Moderate
  • 8% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 11% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 36 responses

  • 19% Progressive/very liberal
  • 36% Liberal
  • 28% Moderate
  • 6% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Libertarian
  • 6% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 36 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 36 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 12 responses

  • 75% No
  • 17% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 8% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 25% Independent
  • 8% Other party not mentioned
  • 25% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 82% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 18% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 67% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 25% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 8% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 12 responses

  • 8% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 8% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 25% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 58% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 36 responses

  • 50% Very accepting.
  • 36% 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.
  • 11% It's hard to be a minority here.


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