Colorado Springs, CO
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3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: In terms of racial diversity and sexual orientation, there isn't much diversity. Everybody is accepting of all types of people here, but you won't always find the diversity that people appreciate so much. It's a common complaint around campus that there isn't enough diversity, but the problem gets better with each year. If you consider yourself a minority, do not hesitate to join us! We can guarantee that there are some of the most accepting people you could imagine here at CC.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are many foreign exchange students, especially from China, but not many minority Americans. Our campus is mostly made up of very liberal, rich, atheist, Caucasians.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The student body is not very diverse, but you are not treated differently if you are a minority.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Diversity isn't great, but the campus is really accepting

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People at CC are really accepting on mostly everything....except for political views. If you are not a liberal on the Campus, you will find very few people who agree with you. Most of the time they are accepting to a degree...but like most college campuses you will find yourself in the minority.

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Cobun Keegan
Paonia, CO
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Like many colleges (especially liberal arts schools), Colorado College makes it a point to emphasize the importance of diversity on campus. Although there is a lot of diversity at CC, it is perhaps not the smörgåsbord of skin colors and ethnicities that the CC administration might wish it were. At first glance, the typical perception of CC is that it’s a very white, rich school. In fact, though a large portion of the population is white, not everyone is rich. Many students receive financial aid, and this mix of socioeconomic backgrounds helps to lessen the homogeneity that would otherwise exist at CC.

In addition, although there is certainly a norm for every category, there are significant numbers of non-American, non-white, non-atheist, non-straight, and non-liberal students on campus. Many students still feel insulated, perhaps because they choose to engage in activities (such as skiing) that are particular to their upper-middle-class white background. It sometimes seems as though students would only be satisfied with diversity on campus if people of other colors were constantly coming up to them to discuss their beliefs.

The reality is that the student body at CC has a huge diversity of backgrounds, interests, and aspirations. There are all sorts of different kinds of people on campus, and it is only when people step outside of the bubble that they themselves create what they can begin to appreciate. The school’s population is generally accepting and encouraging of diversity, and the flow of a wide array of thoughts and ideas, especially in the classroom, is one of the most attractive aspects of the CC community. Beliefs and opinions, be they political, religious, or otherwise, generally enjoy an open, interested environment. Attracting a wide variety of students is something that CC manages; being able to afford to keep all of them is the challenge the school faces.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 43%
20-21: 46%
22-24: 10%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 8%
Hispanic: 10%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
LGBT students on campus are well accepted by their peers. Groups such as the Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA) and the confidential EQUAL demonstrate the strong and important presence that the gay community has established.
Political Activity
Colorado College is known as a sort of liberal oasis in an ultra-conservative town. A large portion of students are involved in political groups and publications, though their level of passion and commitment is often found wanting.
Economic Status
The general stereotype is that CC students walk around in beat-up Birkenstocks and Goodwill clothes and drive up to Vail in their Land Rovers for the weekend. Though stereotypes are never totally correct, the predominant socioeconomic background is generally the upper-middle class. However, it might surprise many students to know that slightly less than half of their peers are deemed to have financial need and receive financial aid from the school each year. The average aid package is more than half the total cost to attend. Even in the recent tough economic times, CC has kept socioeconomic diversity a top priority, and the numbers show that the school is doing its best.
Most Common Religions
Many CC students consider themselves “spiritual” rather than “religious,” leading most people to believe that Colorado College isn’t a very religious school. Nevertheless, many groups have found a dedicated, if somewhat sparse, following. These groups include the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Hillel-Chaverim, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and many others. The Chaplain's Office tries hard to make people of all religious beliefs feel at home and hosts many events throughout the year.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Minority clubs are surprisingly active on campus, considering the low percentage of minority students. The three most active groups are the Native American Student Union, the Asian American Student Union, and the Black Student Union. These groups are responsible for bringing many cultural events to campus, including traditional dance groups and minority authors, as well as providing community service opportunities for the whole campus.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 4% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 27% Liberal
  • 31% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 25 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Moderate
  • 0% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 52% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 25 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 25 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 26 responses

  • 12% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 0% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 31% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 58% Very accepting.
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