The University of Colorado's current student body is the most diverse ever, according to results from a campus census that show the number of students of color increased by 9 percent this fall over last year.
CU officials credit campus recruiting and retention programs for the gain as minorities now make up 17 percent of the school's student body. Last school year, students of color made up 16 percent of the student body, and they made up 15 percent of total enrollment the prior year.
Genesis Quinones, a CU junior from Greeley who is of Mexican and El Salvadoran descent, said she followed in her older sisters' footsteps and came to CU. She said current students can be powerful ambassadors, helping recruit minority high schoolers.
Quinones, who is a member of CU's United Mexican American Students, said the group is planning on sending members back to their high schools to help promote CU to potential students this semester.