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MSU Denver opens doors to its most diverse student population yet

Annual fall census shows a 4.7 percent growth in diverse students, 7.4 percent increase for Latino students

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: September 19, 2016

DENVER – Metropolitan State University of Denver has the most diverse student body in its history, according to a recently released fall 2016 census report. The number of students from diverse backgrounds grew by 4.7 percent over the last year, with the largest increase of 7.4 percent among Latino students.

All told, 39.5 percent of MSU Denver’s 19,800 students come from diverse backgrounds. Latino students make up 24.1 percent of the total population with 6.3 percent of students identifying as African-American and 3.9 percent as Asian.

“We continue to be the University of opportunity for Colorado’s underrepresented students,” said MSU Denver President Stephen M. Jordan, Ph.D. “We are committed to closing the attainment gap in our state, and providing a high-value, relevant education to all of the students we serve.”

Nearly 32 percent of MSU Denver’s students are the first in their families to attend college, and the University provides robust support services to help these students navigate their higher education experience.   

Jordan also noted that the University is currently working toward the goal of becoming a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) by 2018. To be considered an HSI, 25 percent of a university’s full-time equivalent enrollment needs to be from Latino backgrounds. Since 2007, the number of MSU Denver undergraduate students who identify as Latino jumped from 12.5 percent to 24.1 percent (including ASSET students).

For its unyielding commitment to diversity and inclusion, INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine recognized MSU Denver as one of 10 Diversity Champion colleges and universities in the nation for 2016. The University also was selected to host the White House Task Force on New Americans this past June.

Other notable numbers from the census include:

  • 12.5 percent of new students enrolled this term transferred from other colleges
  • 30.6 percent of students are eligible for Pell Grants
  • 53.5 percent of students are female; 46.5 percent are male
  • The median age for MSU Denver students is 23 



About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 76 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, business, health administration, teaching and social work. Nearly 20,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 87,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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