Boulder, CO
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3 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't much political diversity

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our campus is one of the most diverse in the country. You can find someone from every continent, country, and city!

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2 College Senior

Diversity: I'd say 85% Caucasian, a handful of African Americans, and a few Asian folks.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not much racial diversity on campus. And have been a few cases of racism. As far as political beliefs, Boulder leans towards the liberal side but there are many republican especially when it comes to economic issues. Religion doesn't seem to exist on campus, mostly because everyone is so liberal and there is a large acceptance of the gay community.

3 College Sophomore



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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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Within the classroom, CU students burn through pages of Chicano literature in an attempt to understand the repressed anxiety of a torn culture. Yet when they step outside, they stare and wonder about the few brown faces that add a tint of color to the predominantly white portrait of the University of Colorado. While there has been a recent increase in international students, the reality is that minorities are underrepresented on the CU campus. The lack of diversity on campus has stirred concern among a number of students and groups who have formed to develop the Building Community Campaign. The campaign is dedicated to creating a campus environment promoting diversity amongst all races, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, and economic statuses. The Office of Diversity and Equity is also committed to organizing campus programs for women, ethnic minorities, and other diversities.

While the effort of these organizations is apparent, the truth remains a constant reminder of what CU is missing. Although there is diversity of religions and cultures, racial diversity is lacking for a major university.

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: 38%
20-21: 37%
22-24: 15%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 1%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 4%
International: 10%
Native American: 1%
White: 72%
Unknown: 4%
Gay Pride
The Chancellor’s Standing Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues has accomplished numerous projects since its establishment in 1992. The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resource Center has provided programs and addressed issues concerning the community since 1995. An undergraduate certificate program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies is also offered through the College of Arts and Sciences.
Political Activity
Boulder is often called the “People’s Republic of Boulder” due to its liberal views. Naturally, this political climate affects all of the city’s inhabitants, including students. After spending some time on campus, students become accustomed to seeing political rallies and witnessing debates throughout the year.
Economic Status
Given the high percentage of out-of-state students, a large part of the student body is linked to upper-middle-class backgrounds.
Most Common Religions
There are a number of religious centers scattered throughout campus and the Boulder area. On-campus associations can be found, ranging from the Zen Society to the Hillel Jewish Student Resource Center.
Minority Clubs on Campus
In response to CU’s lack of diversity, the University has shown a conscious effort to improve ethnic and cultural diversity on campus. Several resources are now available, including the Diversity Education Team, Ethnic Advocacy Committees, Hallet Hall Diversity Program, Minority Alumni Network, Multicultural Development Team, and the Cultural Unity Center.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 85 responses

  • 9% Libertarian
  • 9% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 27% Moderate
  • 27% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 85 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 13% Not sure
  • 48% Liberal
  • 25% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 86 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 85 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 86 responses

  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 29% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 64% Very accepting.


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