Racial diversity is an area where most UVM students agree there is a need for improvement. In spite of this, many students comment on their awareness of the University’s diversity with respect to progressiveness and individual thought, as well as the strong presence of the gay community. It is important to remember that diversity is not limited to the color of someone's skin. Religious, sexual, political, and racial diversity are important to a diverse community. Unfortunately, while UVM may have three out of four, that is not good enough. However, the school is actively pursuing expanding the ethnic and racial diversity.
While UVM is very good at bringing together people with different ideas and unique thoughts, it simply does not have a large flow of minority students. But, overall, UVM does tend to fare better than the entire state of Vermont, which is one of the least diverse states in the nation. In addition, UVM’s students are notoriously open-minded and not sheltered. Increased racial diversity would expand these qualities, and improve the community as a whole.