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Located in the Rocky Mountain region, the University of Colorado Boulder is a “comprehensive public research university” boasting “five Nobel laureates and more than fifty members of prestigious academic academies.” It “provides a modern, research-based education that focuses on creating aware citizens to go on to change the world (while having fun).” Students call it a “strong school academically with all the perks of a big state university” including “excellent diversity in subjects and courses, school spirit, packed sports games, and a fun, beautiful college town.” Students get to enjoy a “beautiful campus with outdoor-oriented people” in addition to “a great research university,” notes an international affairs major. Boulder offers a wide variety of degree programs, but students praise the “top-notch leadership program,” “great business program,” and “strong physics reputation” in particular. CU Boulder also offers a “strong environmental program” with opportunities for “both onand off-campus” study. Students say the professors are “amazing,” “approachable,” “interested in students personally,” and “will treat you as an adult.” Professors are “consistently excellent across the wide variety of subjects I have taken courses in, from geography to astronomy and economics to literature,” notes one student. “In my four years as an undergrad,” says an environmental studies major, “I have traveled places and learned things that I never imagined I would or could experience.” In addition, “the price for an education of this caliber is phenomenal,” a creative writing major notes. “I was going to a private college for two years and can safely say that this education is significantly better, while the cost is relatively minimal.” CU Boulder is a perfect fit for students who want to be in a “college town surrounded by other young intellectuals.”

Student Body

CU Boulder students consider themselves a diverse bunch from “diverse backgrounds” with “diverse passions.” “There isn’t really a typical student, which is awesome,” notes a marketing major. But an international affairs major says, “Students are mostly upper-middle class white kids from Colorado, California, Texas, or Illinois.” Typical CU Boulder students are “kind,” “genuine,” “smart,” and “athletic.” They are “outdoorsy, outgoing, and always up for anything.” They “love to be outside and often will spend their weekends in the mountains.” And though “partying is big,” “most take school very seriously and are irritated by [its] depiction as a ‘party school’” in the “media.” “The school is so large that everyone fits into a group, no matter what your interests are,” says an environmental studies major. In addition to those attracted to Greek life, there are “hippy concert going types and everything in between.” An architecture major says, those “who make an effort to meet new people and try new things, will be very happy, and have a great time at CU Boulder.” As one student notes: “When I stepped foot on CU’s campus, I immediately felt at home.” She adds: “Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It’s such a community atmosphere. Everyone watches out for each other and has each other’s backs, even strangers.”

Campus Life

“Boulder is the best college town in the U.S.,” raves one student. With the foothills of the Rockies as their home, “being active and outdoors is a staple for students.” “Regardless of the time of day, students can be seen outside relaxing, exercising, or just hanging out with friends,” according to one marketing major. Students “go hiking when the weather is nice” and many “go skiing in the mountains on days that [they] don’t have classes.” Snowboarding is also “extremely popular.” And there is also a “prominent night life at the bars,” including a music scene that is “diverse and active.” Students “go shopping and eat out on Pearl Street” in “downtown Boulder” and “Farrand Field is always busy on nice days with students playing Frisbee, football, soccer, and tanning.” It’s a “fun college town,” and many students “[like] to go out and party on the weekends.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
552 UCB, Regent
Boulder, CO 80309-0552



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for Community
University Memorial Center (UMC)
Student Recreation Center
Norlin Library
Farrand Field
CU Boulder's Outdoor Program, at the Recreation Center, offers many opportunities to explore the wonderful back country regions of Colorado and other unique locations. The program provides recreational experiences emphasizing adventure, environmental awareness, education, challenge, safety, skill acquisition, a sense of community and fun.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Chautauqua Park - hiking, concerts, restaurant
Historic Downtown Boulder and Pearl Street - outdoor pedestrian mall
The Hill - shopping, restaurants, entertainment
Boulder Creek Path - walk, bike, parks
Eldora, Keystone, & Breckenridge - ski and snowboard resorts
Denver, Colorado's capital, is only 30 miles from Boulder and is home to professional football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball teams. It has some of the finest museums in the West, including the Black American West Museum; the Denver Art Museum, with one of the best collections of American Indian art works in the world; and the Denver Museum of Natural History, one of the largest natural history museums in the nation.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: http://www.colorado.edu/visit/admissions
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

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Faculty and Coach Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 40 miles from the campus. Buses, taxis, and shuttles are available for the drive from airport to campus. For information on ground transportation from DIA to Boulder, please see http://www.flydenver.com/parking_transit.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Denver International Airport, follow Pena Blvd. to the E-470 tollway. Travel E-470 north to U.S. Rte. 36 west. From U.S. Rte. 36, take the Baseline Rd. exit and turn left (west) on Baseline. At the second light, turn right (north) on Broadway. At the first light, turn right on Regent Dr. The Regent Administrative Center is on the left side of the street.

Local Accommodations
Accommodations at lower prices include: The Boulder University Inn (1632 Broadway; 303-417-1700) is 4 blocks from campus and 2 blocks from the downtown Pearl Street pedestrian mall; it offers an outdoor pool and designated pet rooms. Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites (2020 Arapahoe Ave, 303-449-7550) is located near campus and downtown Boulder. Amenities include free high-speed Internet access, fitness center, indoor pool / spa and complimentary full hot breakfast service. Accommodations in the moderate-high range include: The Millennium Harvest House Hotel (1345 28th Street; 303-443-3850) is within walking distance of campus and has a fitness center, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools. Restaurants are nearby, and the downtown mall is only 3 blocks away. The Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast (2151 Arapahoe Ave.; 303-442-3007), half a mile from the university, includes a complete organic breakfast. All 10 rooms have private baths. Just a mile from the school, in the heart of downtown Boulder, is the Hotel Boulderado (2115 13th St.; 800-433-4344 or 303-442-4344), a turn-of-the-century hotel (and a National Register Landmark) with three in-house restaurants. Higher-end accommodations include: The Bradley Boulder Inn Bed & Breakfast (2040 16th St.; 1-800-858-5811 or 303-545-5200) is one block from Boulder's famous Pearl Street downtown pedestrian mall and within a mile of campus. It has 12 rooms, all with private baths. A full breakfast is provided. Downtown, less than a mile from campus and convenient to the town's main walking and biking paths, is the St Julien Hotel & Spa (900 Walnut St.; 877-303-0900 or 720-406-9696), offering luxurious accommodations and a world-class pool and spa.


Applicants: 36,604
Acceptance Rate: 82%
Average HS GPA: 3.66



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