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.


How to Make the Most of Your Time in Denver

Once you’ve scheduled a visit to our campus, you should take advantage of your time in downtown Denver! As a growing city, Denver has a lot to offer for a day, a weekend or longer. To truly understand what being a student at the University of Colorado Denver is like, you need to experience the city at some of these locations!

The Denver Art Museum

The Denver Art Museum is home to their world famous American Indian art collection as well as art from around the world. Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month.

Denver Union Station

Visit a 100 year old landmark and some of the city’s top restaurants and bars. Union Station also offers access to the free 16th Street Mall shuttle.

16th Street Mall

Take a walk down a tree-lined streets of red, white and gray granite. The 16th Street Mall offers shopping, restaurants, and daily special events.

Buffalo Herd Nature Reserve

The city of Denver maintains a herd of 40 buffalo just outside of downtown Denver. They’re direct descendants of the last wild buffalo herd in America.

Colorado Sports

Denver is home to Denver Broncos football, Denver Nuggets basketball, Colorado Rockies baseball, Colorado Avalanche hockey and Colorado Rapids soccer, not to mention college and other spectator sports.

Kayaking in Confluence Park

Ride man-made kayak chutes minutes from downtown Denver, no experience necessary! Confluence Kayaks offers lessons, rentals, and adventure.

Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre

You may have heard of concerts being held in this natural, gorgeous outdoor setting just 15 minutes from Denver, but besides the music, there are hiking and biking trails that are just as breathtaking.

Be sure to get the full Denver experience by checking out a variety of things to do around the area. You’ll quickly realize that there’s something for everyone – and CU Denver sits in the heart.

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7 Ways to Stay Safe Attending School in a City

Attending college in a city can be exciting because it opens you up to a whole world of cultures and opportunities, however, at times you may be vulnerable in an urban environment. At CU Denver, we pride ourselves on our campus security and the safety of our students, but there are precautions you can take, too.

Have a Plan and Tell Someone

Whenever you’re venturing out, have a good idea of where you’ll be going, how to get there, and how you will be getting back. Keep in mind that your route there may not be the best option to get home. Walking streets in daylight is much different than walking back in the dark, especially when there are few streetlights. Always travel with a friend and let someone else know where you’ll be and when you’ll be back. When you plan ahead and know your options, you are far less likely to be caught in a bad situation.

Take in Your Surroundings and Walk Confidently

Predators will target people who are distracted or look overwhelmed in the city. Always walk with confidence and be alert to what’s happening around you. Don’t shy away from looking people in the face – predators will avoid you if they know that you’re observant.

Hide Valuable Belongings

You may want to carry around items like your laptop or your phone. While it’s a good idea to have a phone with you in case of an emergency, make sure that you keep it in a bag or pocket along with other valuables. Always put your wallet away after you use it and never carry more cash than you will need for the outing. When a predator can’t be sure what you have on you, they are less likely to risk stealing.

Be Careful When Talking to Strangers

It’s been true since the day your parents told you – don’t be caught in a conversation with a stranger on the street. If someone asks for money, directions, or anything else, it’s okay to be polite and say that you’re sorry, you can’t help them, but if they keep persisting tell them that a law enforcement officer would be a better person to ask and get away. A personal alarm is a good idea for encounters with strangers who will not leave you alone. A predator will not want to be noticed by anyone around you and will flee.

If You Are Confronted…

Do not show that you are scared, continue to act confident and speak slowly. Look your confronter in the eye – this way you will appear more confident and you will get a good look at them. Try to stall them and wriggle out of their grip on you by speaking loudly and getting others to notice you. If possible, use a weapon like pepper spray or a stun gun. It will also help greatly to have taken a self defense class. After the confrontation, go immediately to a safe spot such as a police station or hospital and report the event.

CU Denver provides many safety and security services to keep our students safe. For emergency-related information, you can call 1-877-INFO-070 (or 1-877-463-6070), visit www.ucdenver.edu/alert, or register for our text and voice messaging service at www.getrave.com/login/DenverAlerts. For more information, visit our safety page.

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Attending an Out-of-State School v. In-State School

Some students know right away if they want to travel for school or stay close to home, but for many, it’s a difficult decision. The location of a school is just one aspect to consider, but it can ultimately influence your future. Check out our pros and cons for in-state and out-of-state schools.

In-State Pros

  • Additional Financial Aid – save yourself from the burden of large loans after graduation by choosing a school that offers tuition breaks for state residents
  • Family Support – it will be easier to see family or friends from home when things start to feel overwhelming
  • Reputation – if you’re considering a job in your home state after graduation, employers will recognize a school close to them and most likely have hired many students from these colleges in the past

In-State Cons

  • Less Academic Variety – when you only consider close schools, you might miss out on the major you’re most interested or talented in because it simply isn’t offered in-state
  • Too Comfortable – you may not be inclined to reach out to new people or try different things because you will have old friends and routines to fall back on
  • Harder to Stand Apart – it might take some time to find what sets you apart from other students who share the same home state and even home town

Out-of-State Pros

  • More Opportunity – moving to a place that has more resources and a higher population means more networking and experience opportunities
  • Larger Independence – learn what it’s really like to live on your own and become more comfortable doing so in the future when you land your dream job
  • Explore a Totally Different Environment – living out-of-state gives you the rare chance to immerse yourself in a different culture and way of life

Out-of-State Cons

  • Far From Home – you wouldn’t be able to see family or friends from home whenever the feeling strikes and might feel lonely
  • Higher Expenses – out-of-state tuition can be more expensive and you won’t have the choice to live at home to save money
  • Moving In and Out – shipping belongings and buying plane tickets or gas can get expensive and tiring when you have hundreds or even thousands of miles to travel back home

Though making the decision to stay in-state or move out-of-state for college may seem daunting, figuring out what is important to you compared to what each experience can offer is the first step to a great choice.