Diversity increases on campus
Minority students reach 23 percent
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 00:10
Statistics indicate that minority student enrollment at the University of Connecticut is on an upward trajectory, but diversity is lacking in some schools.
The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness’ most recent statistics on student-body diversity are from fall 2012. These indicate that minority student enrollment is at the highest level since records began. As of fall semester last year, 9,103 UConn students, or 23.3 percent, were classified as minority. Diversity was highest at the Stamford campus, where 55.9 percent of students were classified as non-white.
At the Storrs campus, the School of Pharmacy was by far the most diverse in fall 2012, where 41.8 percent of pharmacy undergraduates were considered minority students. Conversely, the Neag School of Education had the lowest percentage of minority students. Only 57 Neag undergrads were recorded as non-white, just 21.0 percent. CLAS boasted the largest number of non-white students, at 3,702 of its 10,350 total undergraduates.
Records on minority enrollment at UConn have only been kept since 1974. Initially, the only information collected was the number of minority students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, law and non-degree programs. In 1974, there were 613 undergraduate students classified as minority and a total of 844 minority students across the four categories. The same year there were 22,344 students enrolled at UConn. Minority students represented 3.8 percent of the total student body.
It wasn’t until 1986 that more detailed statistics on minority student enrollment were recorded. From 1986, enrollment has been measured by ethnicity and gender at each campus. Measurement of diversity in each school or college (for example, CLAS or Education) also began at this time.
By fall 1986, minority enrollment at UConn had jumped to 7.8 percent, or 2,237 students. Minority students were classified in the following categories: non-resident alien, black or African American, American Indian or Alaska native, Asian and Hispanic / Latino.
As minority student enrollment has grown, so too have diversity support services. The Asian American Cultural Center celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. A Puerto Rican Center was established in fall 1972 and became the Puerto Rican / Latin American Cultural Center in 1985. The African American Cultural Center has been in operation since 1968.