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diversity/southern feel

radicalisticradicalistic Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
nearing the end of the college decision period and i stilll have some questions. how "southern" is w&m? would i feel out of my element as a steadfast midwesterner? also, how diverse is w&m? on paper and in person, it appears to be a large number of upper middle class white children.

petty questions, but i'm torn. i have the "feel" at w&m, but i have way more reservations than with northwestern, my other choice.
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  • GSharpM7GSharpM7 Registered User Posts: 1,072 Senior Member
    IMHO, diversity is a non-issue at W&M regardless of what your personal "difference" is. Based on your question, I am not sure whether your concern is southern vs. midwestern, economic "class", or whiteness. It has been a looonnnggg time since I attended W&M and none of these were a concern then and after attending the admitted students day this weekend I still see no reason for concern. W&M is not the Ole Miss of the early 60's if that is your fear.

    Hopefully, someone actually attending now will answer.

    Here's the official line: William & Mary - We're Diverse
  • radicalisticradicalistic Registered User Posts: 25 New Member
    i guess my concern is dually the southern vs. midwestern feel and the lack of racial diversity, not so much in the financial sense.
  • UebermenschUebermensch Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    You may want to read one of the latest stories on the web site: William & Mary - William & Mary admits diverse class for 2014
  • runmanstlrunmanstl Registered User Posts: 317 Junior Member
    We attended the Admitted Students Day on Saturday with our son. We are also from the midwest and not totally comfortable with the " Confederacy" thing, which is one of the reasons we wanted to spent time in Williamsburg.

    My observations from the visit: not very southern, but also not all that diverse. Yes, we saw African-Americans and Asians, but most of the prospective freshman present on Saturday were white.

    And honestly, having toured over 30 campuses with 2 different sons, I think that's just the way it is at most colleges, including Northwestern.

    BTW, we all liked the school.
  • RixsRixs Registered User Posts: 1,003 Senior Member
    They admitted students from 45 different countries.

    Sure, there will be a lot of white students. White girls is W&M's biggest demographic. There isn't much you can do about that.

    But it's not some "southern" school by any standard. You don't really get that feel at all. If it was, I wouldn't be going there.

    BTW, "upper middle class" is more so at UVA than W&M from what I've heard.
  • momraymomray Registered User Posts: 880 Member
    Look beyond skin color here. How were the students dressed? Although it is unpopular on this site to use the word, quirky, think of it. Not all the kids are dressed in A&F. Lots of athletes on campus. Lots of proverbial nerds. And punk rock. Throw in a few preps, gays, whatever. That is the essential part of what makes WM special and unique.
  • GSharpM7GSharpM7 Registered User Posts: 1,072 Senior Member
    radicalistic, I do not know if you have been influenced by recent news to form your concerns. Virginia's current Governor (Bob McDonnell) and Attorney General (Ken Cuccinelli) have done their best to present the state in the worst possible light. Rest assured that their actions do not in any way represent W&M as a whole.
  • soccerguy315soccerguy315 Registered User Posts: 7,240 Senior Member
    W&M does not feel southern at all... more like a northeast school with warmer weather

    IMO, obviously.

    And... all good schools have a lot of upper-middle class white kids. That's the way it goes.
  • FlintyFlinty Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    Okay, someone has to tell me what it is to feel "southern."
  • harvardgatorharvardgator Registered User Posts: 131 Junior Member
    "Not comfortable with the Confederacy thing."? What an outrageously ignorant thing to say. Have some people lost their minds? Has PC turned their minds to mush to spew such nonsense? As a Virginian, take your OOS dollars elsewhere.
  • Here_to_HelpHere_to_Help Registered User Posts: 734 Member
    Ummm, overreaction much?
    The poster was obviously referencing the negative stereotypes associated with "remembering the Confederacy". There is a reason people were upset with McDonnell's historical revisionism.

    That said, I do believe that W&M has parts of the culture of a 'stereotypical' southern school - the good parts. People are always helpful (as evidenced by the incredible focus on the community and service), polite (almost everyone holds open doors for the strangers behind them), friendly, and welcoming (cookouts at professor's homes are relatively common). I also feel that the school is also accepting and understanding of other views (Homecoming Queen was a transgender student) without being too in your face nor discriminatory on anyone.
  • evanmontegardeevanmontegarde Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    Frankly most students here are upper middle class white kids. A lot of them from Northern Virginia. The majority of the student body is very accepting of people regardless of race/gender/sexual orientation/etc. The one exception is the Fraternity culture, which tends to be misogynistic and homophobic. It's not as bad as UVA and there are definitely frats with openly gay brothers, but it can get on your nerves.
  • RixsRixs Registered User Posts: 1,003 Senior Member
    ^You'll find that wherever you go. Something you can't really escape from completely.

    Yeah, lots of NoVA kids, but that's true at UVA and other major VA colleges too.
  • javabytes87javabytes87 Registered User Posts: 275 Junior Member
    I'm from the midwest as well and don't detect any overwhelming southern feel.
  • FlintyFlinty Registered User Posts: 104 Junior Member
    What type of thing would make for a "southern feel"?
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