Student Diversity Statistics

Western is proud of the fact that it is increasingly becoming a school of choice for students of color. Over the past 35 years students of color have discovered that Western is an excellent place to experience higher education, and by doing so have enriched the Western experience for all students.

Back in 1980, just 388 students of color were enrolled at Western out of 10,616 students (3.7%). In each of the last 35 years, many more students of color have discovered that Western is an excellent place to experience higher education, enriching the Western experience for all students.

The fall 2017 student body was comprised of 4,078 students from ethnic minority groups, in a total student body that numbered 15,915 (25.6%), due both to new enrollment and improved retention.

Enrollment - All students, Fall 2017

Headcount - All Students: 15,915

Men: 6,850 (43.0%)

Women: 9,058 (56.9%)

Not Reported: 7 (<1%)

Average Age (All students): 21.6

Undergraduate Headcount: 15,193

Full-time: 13,909 (91.5%)

Part-time: 1,284 (8.5%)

Average Age (undergraduates): 21.2

Graduate Headcount: 722 (4.5%)

Full-time: 574

Part-time: 148

Fall 2017 Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

All Students
Fall 2017
% of Total
Hispanic
1,398
8.8%
Hispanic Ethnicity
 518
  
Hispanic & White
 697
  
Hispanic & non-White
183
  
American Indian or Alaska Native
 325
2.0%
American Indian or Alaska Native Single Race
63
  
American Indian & White
262
  
Asian
 1,679
10.5%
Asian Single Race
1001
  
Asian & White
678
  
Black or African American
 421
2.6%
Black or African American Single Race
258
  
Black & White
163
  
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
 72
0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Island Single Race
28
  
Native Hawaiian & White
44
  
International
 188
1.2%
Race and ethnicity unknown
 233
1.5%
Two or more races: Other
 183
1.1%
White
 11,416
71.7%
Total
 15,915
100.0%
Students of Color
4,078
 
Percent Student of Color  
25.6%

Student Enrollment by Place of Origin

View enrollment data by place of student origin

Page Updated 10.26.2017