CU Boulder students rank #15 nationwide for least race/class interaction

Posted at 5:26 PM, Aug 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-09 19:26:25-04

BOULDER, Colo. — CU Boulder is making headlines for a Princeton Review ranking related to race/class interactions, and it has the school and its community talking. 

The Princeton Review, an annual ranking of hundreds of colleges and universities on several lists, placed CU Boulder at #15 on the "Little Race/Class Interaction" list. 

As the largest school in the top 20 that were ranked, students began to talk about what the ranking meant. 

One student in a Reddit post said, "We're not segregated, our state's racial demographic simply is not very diverse." 

Another said "This isn't hard to understand. CU gets basically no state funding, so how do they get money, they turn to out of state students. Said out of state students are probably from a well to do family." 

The school earned the ranking after students who attend the school took a survey selected how much they agree or disagree with the statement, "Different types of students (black/white, rich/poor) interact frequently and easily." 

So the issue may not be whether or not the populace is diverse, but whether or not the different groups of students interact with one another.

CU Boulder has yet to comment on the specific Princeton Review ranking, but does offer several programs and has created several offices that focus on diversity.

That includes the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, which states "CU-Boulder embraces the involvement of every student, staff and faculty member, recognizing that a truly diverse community includes individuals from a range of ethnic, regional, cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds — as well as first-generation students, persons with disabilities, students who are parents, people of different sexual and gender orientations, people of different ages and political viewpoints, and many others."

The school even has a plan in which the community is invested in implementing. Learn more about the plan here.