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2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not very diverse at all. Mostly White.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: With ethnic and racial diversity - its not very diverse. The majority of students are white. With that being said, Boulder is not of a diverse city and neither are the surrounding areas. There is some diversity, but not as much as you might find in other larger cities around the country.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not a lot of African Americans but a lot of kids from outside the country

4 College Junior

Diversity: There are many clubs and classes for diversity and Cu is a campus that is very accepting to LGBT and racial diversity. Political belief is manly liberal and conservative views are not accepted on campus

4 College Junior

Diversity: The campus seems to be pretty diverse and accepting.

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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
5%
Hispanic
9%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
75%
Unknown
3%
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

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 22 responses

  • 95% No
  • 0% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 5% Yes, Democrat to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Republican to Independent/Other Party
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Democrat
  • 0% Yes, Independent/Other Party to Republican

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 93 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 28% Liberal
  • 27% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 4% Very conservative
  • 9% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 115 responses

  • 25% Progressive/very liberal
  • 50% Liberal
  • 6% Moderate
  • 5% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 116 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 89 responses

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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 23 responses

  • 70% No
  • 4% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 26% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 49 responses

  • 12% Republican
  • 33% Democratic
  • 33% Independent
  • 8% Other party not mentioned
  • 14% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 22 responses

  • 91% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 5% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 5% Yes. I've become less religious and have changed my religious affiliation.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 58% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 42% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 53% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 43% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 4% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How important is religion in your life?    Based on 22 responses

  • 5% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 14% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 9% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 73% Not important. I don't affiliate with any religion.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 95 responses

  • 60% Very accepting.
  • 34% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 3% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 3% It's hard to be a minority here.

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