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4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Immigration and academic exchanging made the university a place with mixture of various cultures and religions. Lots of students majored in engineering are coming from the mid-east, with their religion in Islam. I used to see them prostrate in pray, but I respect their faith even though I and most of my friend come from China, a country without national religion.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: Mostly white with a large number of international students from the Gulf countries and China.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are students from all over the world at this university, hence there is much diversity, in race, religion, political views and ethnic backgrounds. DU really focuses on highlighting diversity and allowing students to expand their horizons.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Pretty good. DU kind of prides itself on diversity, so it tries to be as accepting as possible to all except people who are intolerant. In other words, DU is usually only intolerant towards people who are intolerant.

2 College Sophomore

Diversity: Everybody here is pretty white and rich.

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Technically, 105 nations are represented in DU's student body, but it seems international students are few and far between. DU could stand to see more diversity on its campus in terms of race, socioeconomic status, sexual preference, religion, and political activity. Take a quick look around campus, and most likely, you'll see a bunch of white, middle- to upper-class students who, generally speaking, don't seem to care too much about politics or religion. However, the past few years have seen more international students drawn to DU because of the school's several international programs and the Lamont School of Music. It takes deliberate effort to meet international students, but the effort is well worth it. Seek out activities sponsored by international and other diversity organizations, get involved, and meet new people. Diverse people are on campus; you just have to find them.

The wide variety of student organizations provide a haven for members of minority groups to convene, so it's not as if minorities feel overwhelmed and alienated on a predominantly majority campus. Also, DU's administration is aware of the void of diversity on campus, and several plans are being discussed to help alleviate the problem.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Texas
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 0%
18-19: 23%
20-21: 27%
22-24: 21%
25+: 28%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 5%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 76%
Unknown: 7%
Gay Pride
You don’t hear much about the gay and lesbian community on DU’s campus, but student organizations, such as PRIDE, sponsor ongoing events and activities. The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance, another student organization, hosts several educational, social, and support activities throughout the year.
Political Activity
Generally, the campus is liberal, but students stay relatively quiet about politics—attribute it to apathy or ignorance. Demonstrations and rallies are sparse. Although, When Obama came to DU and when the Democratic Convention was in Denver this past summer, many students were involved and active within the political community, both for and against the Democratic party.
Economic Status
Generally speaking, DU students come from affluent families. However, don’t automatically assume everyone you meet has money to spare. Many students attend DU on scholarships, grants, and loans.
Most Common Religions
There are a number of Christians, Jews, and Muslims on campus. Religious student organizations range from Menorah Ministries to Catholic Campus Ministry.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Although DU’s campus could stand to see more diversity, there are several student-led minority clubs and living arrangements, including Japanese Student Association, Saudi Students House, Thai Organization, and the Hillel Jewish Student Center.

Student Polls

Have you changed your political affiliation since you started college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 91% No
  • 9% Yes, Democrat to Republican
  • 0% 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 84 responses

  • 11% Progressive/very liberal
  • 33% Liberal
  • 23% Moderate
  • 17% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 2% Libertarian
  • 13% Not sure

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

  • 2% Progressive/very liberal
  • 26% Liberal
  • 43% Moderate
  • 12% Conservative
  • 1% Very conservative
  • 1% Libertarian
  • 14% Not sure

How diverse is the student body 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 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

Have you changed your political views since starting college?    Based on 11 responses

  • 73% No
  • 0% Yes, I became a lot more liberal.
  • 0% Yes, I became a little more liberal.
  • 9% Yes, I became a lot more conservative.
  • 18% Yes, I became a little more conservative.

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 11 responses

  • 36% Republican
  • 27% Democratic
  • 9% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 27% I don't care about politics

Have your religious views changed since you started college?    Based on 10 responses

  • 80% No, my religious views have stayed the same.
  • 0% Yes. I've become more religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 10% Yes. I've become more religious and have changed my religious affiliation.
  • 10% Yes. I've become less religious, but I'm still affiliated with the same religion.
  • 0% 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 11 responses

  • 27% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 73% 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 important is religion in your life?    Based on 11 responses

  • 0% Very important. I regularly attend religious services and also participate in related clubs/organizations.
  • 9% Important. I regularly attend religious services.
  • 55% Somewhat important. I sometimes attend religious services.
  • 36% 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 85 responses

  • 41% Very accepting.
  • 47% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 9% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
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