BOULDER, Colo. -
University of Colorado officials said this year's freshman class is the most diverse in the history of the Boulder campus.
The Daily Camera reported 1,199 U.S. minority students make up 22 percent of the class of 2016. Chancellor Phil DiStefano said when considering only Colorado students, minorities make up 26 percent of the in-state freshman class -- an increase of 20 percent over the past five years.
But that compares with 33 percent among Colorado public high school graduates, a gap DiStefano said he wants to erase by 2020.
The university has a number of programs that help build a diverse incoming class, ranging from a pre-collegiate program that preps middle-school students who will be the first in their families to go to college to a "diversity sampler" that hosts potential students at campus events.