Building and Benefiting from a Diverse Campus

CU Denver prides itself on being one of the most diverse campuses in the University of Colorado school system. Doing so gives our students a much better chance to succeed both in the classroom and in post-collegiate endeavors.

Why Diversity Matters in Education

The reason we still talk about diversity and inclusion on campuses nationwide is because of the Coleman Report. Commissioned in 1966 by the U.S. Office of Education, the report detailed how diversity positively affects education in general. The study considered both the characteristics of schools and faculty members in its discoveries.

These findings were groundbreaking, to say the least.

Bringing together students from different backgrounds improves students’ cognitive abilities and opens students up to new ideas about the world that would otherwise be untouched.

Students who study at diverse campuses learn to navigate an increasingly diverse world, something that employers find very attractive.

Simply stated, diversity improves the way people think about a multitude of ideas like race, gender, sexual orientation/identity, etc.

Diversity at CU Denver

At #201 in national diversity rankings, CU Denver is leaps and bounds ahead of the national average.

Over half of our undergraduate students and faculty members are female, with nearly even splits among age groups. According to collegefactual.com, the undergraduate population at CU Denver mirrors this distribution, with approx. 6,254 males and 7,255 females.

30% of CU Denver’s students are in the traditional 18-22 year-old demographic, nearly half of the national average. The remaining 70% are 22 years old or older, giving the younger students a chance to learn from people who decided to gain work experience before returning to college later in life.

CU Denver hosts monthly cultural events that emphasize supporting students of all cultural backgrounds on campus. They are both creative and academic based events for all students, faculty, family and friends to attend. 41% of students at CU Denver indentify as being students of color and the campus is hope to 7% international students.

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10 Questions You Need to Ask at a College Fair

College fairs are an important part of the application process. They can help you glean what each school’s strengths and weaknesses are as well as make connections with recruiters from each one.

We constantly receive a variety of questions at these fairs, such as:

1)      Why should I attend CU Denver?
2)      How much does it cost to attend CU Denver?
3)      How do I apply for CU Denver? What do my scores need to look like for admission?
4)      What types of scholarships do you offer?
5)      What majors do you offer?
6)      What is the average class size?
7)      If I am undecided on a major, when do I need to decide on one?
8)      What is housing like? Are freshmen required to live on campus? What amenities are included with housing? How many students live in on-campus housing?
9)      Do you have sports teams? What sports do you offer?
10)   What does the student life look like at CU Denver?

Although these are important questions to answer before making your final decision, they can easily be found online at www.ucdenver.edu. While at a college fair, take advantage of having an admissions counselor right there!

There are quite a few important questions to consider at a college fair; here are our top 10.

What does this school offer in terms of my intended major or interests?

First of all, find out if this school even offers the major(s) you’re interested in! Then, ask about the program and what makes it different. Is it big or small? Does the faculty produce a large amount of research or academic publications? How often does the program organize events for students such as readings, career fairs, or networking events?

What is this school’s ideal student?

While you’ll want to avoid questions where the recruiter simply tells you what they think you want to hear, this may be a good question to gain a feel for what type of students matriculate. You may learn that the school is heavily research-focused or that the majority of students fill their schedules with internships and extracurricular activities. This could also be a great lead in when you are similar to their perfect student and you can share what makes you so!

What are the academic strengths of this school?

Yes, it’s great to know that the major you’re interested in is one of the school’s strengths, but details matter. The recruiter may be able to tell you about recent awards and honors, program connections with the surrounding community, or additional opportunities the school offers that others don’t. A school that has a great reputation for the major you’re interested in could give you a leg up when it’s time for internships and first jobs.

What kinds of opportunities does this school offer for my intended major?

This fits well with learning the school’s strengths and will prompt the recruiter to tailor their answer to your interests. Perhaps one school has the top communications program in the area you’re interested in, but another has a specific program linking students to prestigious internships in the television industry, your industry of choice.

Do I relate to this school’s philosophy or mission statement?

There will be similarities in a lot of schools’ mission statements, probably along the lines of academic excellence, but pay attention to the differences. Does this school focus on service? Research contributions? Community connections? The school’s mission statement could give you a window into what will seem important when you arrive on campus.

Does this school offer extracurricular activities that I care about?

Academics will most likely be your top priority at school, but you’ll certainly use your free time for something other than academics. Tell the recruiter about what you do now in your free time and what you’re possibly interested in starting to become involved in. Pay attention to the surrounding area of the school as well – if you’re addicted to your Sunday hikes, a school set within the plains might be a hard transition.

Does this school have research opportunities and how soon can I get involved?

Planning is key when attending any university, so if you’re at all interested, you’ll want to ask about research. Schools that offer research to students at an earlier time means you’ll end up with more experience than other student you’re competing with for internships and jobs.

What is the social scene like?

This question is not intended for you to investigate where the biggest parties happen – many things take place on the weekends and a recruiter’s answer will give you an idea of how students tend to spend their time. Does this school regularly host events on campus? Are students involved in the arts? Is the library packed on Saturday and Sunday?

Do students stay in the area after school?

A university with a large portion of students staying nearby could mean great alumni connections and a general satisfaction with the school and the area. Follow this question by asking what kinds of jobs graduates take and where else they tend to move.

Does this school have a make or break quality of mine?

While there are many qualities of each university that are important to everyone applying, you’ll no doubt have specific requirements for the school you eventually matriculate to. If you love acting but the school doesn’t have a program or club and neither does the surrounding area, will you be truly happy there for four years? Make sure to write your make or breaks down before arriving at the fair so you’ll have a clear idea of what you’re looking for.

We wish you luck on your college fair experience and welcome you to our booths! For a schedule of our admissions events, visit our website.

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6 Benefits of Studying in a Small Class

CU Denver has a faculty to student ratio of 16:1. Over 1/3 of the classes at CU Denver have 20 or less students. Small classes give you more access to the professors and more opportunity to discuss and participate. CU Denver gives you the benefits of a state school and a small school at the same time.

  1. Better Relationships with Classmates – When you’re one in twenty instead of one in fifty or even one hundred, you’ll be able to get to know your classmates and their views on the subject. Personal discussion with classmates can improve your own understanding of the material and simply make the class more fun and interesting.
  2. More One-On-One Time – Professors are able and willing to stay after class or extend their office hours when there are less students for them to make contact with. Besides the time you make for out-of-class conversations, you’ll also be able to converse more directly during class and allow your professor to get to know you in a way they couldn’t in a larger class. Professors aren’t dependent on teaching assistants when they only have twenty students.
  3. More Focused Conversations – In a smaller class, professors are free to stray from the class outline and fit the material to their specific class and students. Your professor is sure to have a better read on the class and will feel comfortable spending another day or two on material your class wants to learn more in-depth while not hammering in a point that you already understand.
  4. Tailored Education – Vanilla syllabi and PowerPoint presentations are few and far between in smaller classes. Your professor will get to know you as an individual and will be able to teach to your needs and interests. You won’t feel like you’re sitting in on a lecture meant for hundreds of students when discussion and questions can flow freely.
  5. Higher Program Involvement – Whether you’re taking a class within your major or just want to become more involved in the department, you’ll be able to make genuine connections with your professor and peers which will in turn strengthen your ties with the program. When you have connections in a department, professors are more likely to know you by name, develop a personal relationship with you, and think of you when opportunities arise.
  6. Immersive Experience – No one has ever been more immersed in a lecture hall than a small group discussion. Within a smaller class, you’ll be free to ask questions, let the discussion veer towards what your specific class is interested in, and bond with your professor and peers. Your education is in your hands in a way it couldn’t be when you cannot participate fully.

Though CU Denver’s overall enrollment is large, we keep most of our classes small. We pride ourselves in the benefits our students receive as a result of more attention and opportunity. If you’re interested in attending a university with benefits of a state school and small school all in one, or want to know anything else about our school, visit our website to request more information.

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5 Steps to a Smooth University Transfer

Not every college student transfers schools, but at CU Denver, transfer students are in good company. They make up half of the incoming class. Transfer students to CU Denver are similar to the overall student body – diverse, often non-traditional, and goal-oriented. Looking to be a part of the community? Here are 5 things to keep in mind when transferring:

  1. Know What Your Goals are in Transferring – Are you interested in a 4 year degree rather than a 2 year? Is the major you’re looking for not offered at your current school? Would you rather go to school in a city where there are more opportunities and things to do? When you have a clear idea of why you’re transferring, it’ll be much easier to compare schools and find the one that’s right for you.
  2. Reach Out to Your Current Advisor – The transfer process pertains to your current school as well as your future school. Make sure your advisor sets the process in motion and helps you to check off all of your requirements for transfer. They’ll also be able to recommend schools and get you in contact with their admissions offices.
  3. Contact the Transfer Admissions Center – As soon as you start to consider a university, contact their admissions center. From there you’ll learn about the transfer process, including degree requirements, scholarships, campus life, and internship and employment opportunities. CU Denver makes transferring an easy process.
  4. Learn About Credit Transfers – Not all credit transfers are created equal. Schools will want to see your transcripts and offer you credit for the classes they see aligning well with what they themselves offer. Most of the time this process is black and white, but CU Denver is more open-minded about making things work. Classes specifically tailored to a program at your current school probably won’t transfer to others, but at CU Denver, professors are open to assessing a student’s grasp of the material. “When they saw how much of the material I took at [my old school] overlapped here, they gave me the credits,” Travis McGovern, a Marketing and Music Business transfer student says.
  5. Make a Checklist – After you have decided on one or more schools to apply for transfer to, research every step you’ll need to take to fulfill your goal. You current advisor will be able to provide you with the necessary steps to transfer out of your current school while the advisors at the admissions centers of your potential future schools can help prepare you for what’s to come. When you maintain a visual checklist and keep in contact with everyone, there will be no surprises and little stress.

Interested in transferring to CU Denver? We have one of the smoothest and most flexible transfer processes. Visit our transfer page to learn more about our programs, request information, and start your application process.