Diversity

Location
Boulder, CO
Undergrads
23,662
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Diversity is what make CU so great. It is amazing to learn points of view from such are variety of diverse beliefs.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Little political diversity, VERY liberal.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: There is definitely a great acceptance of diversity on campus but there is few diversity. I know that diversity is extremely important to the university because one of the essays that I had to write for admission was about the diversity I could bring to campus. Many would agree, however, that the majority of the population at CU is Caucasian.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: There are many students from different countries and different cultures. It is hard to find groups or clubs to join that share your beliefs and values.

2 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Diversity is fairly non-existent at CU. That being said, there is a lot of comrade among those present. There are many clubs and organizations aimed at embracing diversity of all kinds which makes meeting like minded people easy.

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  • 44th
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  • 452nd
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Hometown
Littleton, CO
Major
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
2%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
8%
International
3%
Native American
1%
White
76%
Unknown
4%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
42%
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
37%
Male Faculty
63%
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 83 responses

  • 10% Libertarian
  • 8% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 12% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 27% Liberal
  • 11% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 84 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 6% Conservative
  • 6% Moderate
  • 12% Not sure
  • 49% Liberal
  • 25% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 83 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 82 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 85 responses

  • 4% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 4% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 28% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 65% Very accepting.

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