Student Diversity Statistics

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 2015 student body was comprised of 3,799 students from ethnic minority groups, in a total student body that numbered 15,332 (24.8%), due both to new enrollment and improved retention. 30% of new freshman and 23.6% of new transfers self-reported their racial or ethnic identity as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or other Pacific Islander.

Enrollment - All students, Fall 2015

Headcount - All Students: 15,332

Men: 6,788 (44.3%)

Women: 8,541 (55.7%)

Average Age (ALL students): 21.7

Undergraduate Headcount: 14,625

Full-time: 13,441

Part-time: 1,214 (8.3%)

Average Age (undergraduates): 20.9

Graduate Headcount: 707 (4.6%)

Full-time: 317

Part-time: 390

Student/Faculty Ratio: 18.4:1

Ethnicity - All students, Fall 2015

Ethnicity
Fall 2015
% of Total
White
 11,228
73.2%
Black or African American
 520
3.4%
Hispanic or Latino
 1,083
7.1%
Cuban
 26
0.2%
Mexican/Mexican Amer/Chicano
 694
4.5%
Other Spanish/Hispanic
 291
1.9%
Puerto Rican
 72
0.5%
Asian American
 1,735
11.3%
Chinese
 342
2.2%
Filipino
 299
2.0%
Japanese
 262
1.7%
Korean
 192
1.3%
Vietnamese
 194
1.3%
Asian Indian
 140
0.9%
Asian/Pacific Islander
 107
0.7%
Cambodian
 54
0.4%
Hawaiian
 52
0.3%
Thai
 27
0.2%
Guamanian
 34
0.2%
Laotian
 17
0.1%
Samoan
 15
0.1%
Native American or AK Native
 461
3.0%
Unknown
 146
1.0%
International
 159
1.0%
All Students
 15,332
100.0%
% Ethnic Minority  
24.8%
Page Updated 12.24.2015