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 2016 student body was comprised of 3,933 students from ethnic minority groups, in a total student body that numbered 15,574 (25.3%), due both to new enrollment and improved retention.

Enrollment - All students, Fall 2016

Headcount - All Students: 15,574

Men: 6,754 (43.4%)

Women: 8,812 (56.6%)

Not Reported: 8 (<1%)

Average Age (All students): 21.8

Undergraduate Headcount: 14,846

Full-time: 13,612 (91.7%)

Part-time: 1,234 (8.3%)

Average Age (undergraduates): 21.3

Graduate Headcount: 707 (4.6%)

Full-time: 577

Part-time: 151

Fall 2016 Enrollment by Race/Ethnicity

All Students
Fall 2016
% of Total
Hispanic
 1,298
8.3%
Hispanic Ethnicity
 479
  
Hispanic & White
 645
  
Hispanic & non-White
174
  
American Indian or Alaska Native
 346
2.2%
American Indian or Alaska Native Single Race
61
  
American Indian & White
285
  
Asian
 1,648
10.6%
Asian Single Race
991
  
Asian & White
657
  
Black or African American
 396
2.5%
Black or African American Single Race
254
  
Black & White
142
  
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
 73
0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Island Single Race
29
  
Native Hawaiian & White
44
  
International
 181
1.2%
Race and ethnicity unknown
 185
1.2%
Two or more races: Other
 172
1.1%
White
 11,275
72.4%
Total
 15,574
100.0%
Students of Color
3,933
 
Percent Student of Color  
25.3%

Student Enrollment by Place of Origin

View enrollment data by place of student origin

Page Updated 11.17.2016