How To Succeed in College/Different Colleges and Universities

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Many universities today want a diverse student body as this tends to broaden minds, improve student self-efficacy, increase students' academic skills, and increase tolerance.[1] Universities do not have to be large to have diverse student bodies. For instance, the University of Tampa, a mid-sized urban university located in downtown Tampa, Florida, has a relatively diverse student body despite having around 6,000 students.[2] Roughly 73% of students are from out of the state of Florida and come from over 122 countries worldwide. While 61% of the UT student body is white, 7% of students identify themselves as African American and 12% as Latin American. In comparison, the University of Florida, boasting a student body of 32,000, is 58% white, with 9% African American and 17% Latin American minorities.[3] These differences are quite small, despite the enormous differences in sizes of the universities. Small universities may have the same amount of diversity as big universities. Size of the university is less important than the emphasis placed on diversity by the university.


  1. Denson, N., & Chang, M. J. (2009). Racial Diversity Matters: The Impact of Diversity-Related Student Engagement and Institutional Context. American Educational Research Journal, 46(2), 322–353.
  2. University of Tampa: Campus Life
  3. University of Florida: Campus Life