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Diversity: There are many people of different religions and nationalities

3 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone's included. Different ethnic groups mingle and no one thinks twice about it.

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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.

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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.


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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
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
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
Male Faculty
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 10 responses

  • 90% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 10% 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 45 responses

  • 9% Progressive/very liberal
  • 27% Liberal
  • 18% Moderate
  • 13% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 9% Libertarian
  • 22% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 44 responses

  • 18% Progressive/very liberal
  • 48% Liberal
  • 11% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 20% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 44 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 43 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 10 responses

  • 90% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 10% 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 10 responses

  • 10% Republican
  • 20% Democratic
  • 20% Independent
  • 20% Other party not mentioned
  • 30% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 9 responses

  • 67% 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.
  • 22% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 11% 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 10 responses

  • 60% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 30% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 10% 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 10 responses

  • 10% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 40% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 30% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 20% 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 45 responses

  • 78% Very accepting.
  • 22% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.



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