Student Body Diversity

Washington University in St. Louis values the diversity of its student body, which adds complexity to student learning and the student experience.

Fall 2020 10th Week


Washington University in St. Louis continues to enroll fairly equal numbers of women and men. These percentages hold true for both undergraduate and graduate student populations.

  • 8,212 women enrolled, 52.85% of the student population
  • 7,327 men enrolled, 47.15% of the student population


Nearly 50% of WashU students identify with a non-white ethnic or racial group or international population. New federal reporting categories have enabled us to capture more detail on the race and ethnicity of our nonwhite, multiracial and international students.

Among those students reporting racial and ethnic affiliations (noting that students are able to report an affiliation with more than one group):

  • 8.55% are Hispanic or Latino,
  • 1.33% are American Indian or Alaska Native,
  • 34.25% are Asian,
  • 10.39% are black or African American,
  • 2.20% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander,
  • 47.29% of our students are White and not multiracial,
  • (5.63% are unreported).

International student enrollment is now 21.06% of our total enrollment.


Additional institutional data, including student diversity, is published in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Director of Institutional Research and Analysis.