Boulder, CO
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Reviews 1845 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our campus is one of the most diverse in the country. You can find someone from every continent, country, and city!

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe when I am on campus. I feel like if need be, I can find someone easily to get help from.

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Again, don't pay much attention. The Greek houses are all very close to campus, and there seems to be parties frequently. However, Pearl Street Mall is walking distance from campus and there are a huge variety of bars there to choose from, depending on the atmosphere you're looking for.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: I don't really pay much attention to the guys, just observations made while walking around campus. Greek life is fairly prevalent at CU, so there tend to be a lot of stereotypical frat boys, but also those that are in the business/honors frat which balances out the rest.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You get what you pay for - there is a lot available, but the prices are not great.

4 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Most active city in the US speaks for itself!

1 College Senior

Facilities: Disgusting. Can't believe we have to pay to attend here. Bathrooms always reek, there's ALWAYS construction somewhere that forces you to take the longest way to your destination, and yet nobody seems to even care. How does CU get away with the crap they pull?

3 College Senior

Facilities: The new Recenter is pretty nice!

2 College Senior

Scholarships: In Architecture, the scholarships are extremely limited. It's hard to even get your foot through the door.

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1 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I've paid more to live off campus than I have to earn my degree. $700 a month for rent?? And that's just me, I have 4 roommates and we live in a complete piece of shit apartment.

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: All the rules make me feel like I'm an 8 year old

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Parties are great, they're not the most fun people to be around though.

1 College Senior

Athletics: Football team sucks, basketball is ok.

2 College Senior

Diversity: I'd say 85% Caucasian, a handful of African Americans, and a few Asian folks.

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3 College Senior

Majors: The instructors are decent and my adviser is awesome. I'm going into the Air Force after this, but dream of using my Architecture degree once I'm out.

2 College Senior

Majors: The woman who decides who's in and out is downright pessimistic towards students, she has no place in being there.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Biking is encouraged and there's always something going on!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I honestly have no idea. I haven't had to deal with parking, but it seems okay.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I would choose film again and International Affairs. I want to do something that I genuinely am interested in and like doing and not do it because of how much it pays. I'm not too worried about finding a job in my field because I've already been doing some networking that will hopefully pay off in the future. My career goals are pretty open-ended right now; I'm still figuring things out.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: You don't have to be accepted into the program like you would for the Business or Engineering schools. However, if you do want to get a Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree in Film, you have to submit a film of your own, a critical writing piece, and another work of art. I haven't applied yet so I don't know the process and I can't offer any tips.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not much racial diversity on campus. And have been a few cases of racism. As far as political beliefs, Boulder leans towards the liberal side but there are many republican especially when it comes to economic issues. Religion doesn't seem to exist on campus, mostly because everyone is so liberal and there is a large acceptance of the gay community.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I really didn't use the computer labs. I went to the library for printing which was cheap and easily accessible. Wireless access and network speed was excellent. The need for a laptop is essential just because it provides easy access to your email and my cu info account and, especially during finals when the library is crowded, it allows you to get work done.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel very safe on campus. I would often go on walks at night or ride my longboard (carrying around my pepper spray just in case). Despite my feeling safe on campus, I always received emails talking about some sexual assault or crime occurring on campus or near the hill.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: It just has a healthy balance of everything and Boulder is a great college town. I think it was ranked the number one college town in America for 2013. Boulder has some of the smartest students and intense Engineering and Business programs but students don't let that consume their lives. They know how to party and have a good time as well. It's located in the perfect spot near the mountains to go hiking, skiing, or mountain biking. It is a very liberal town so people in Boulder are very open-minded and are the forerunners of social change in the US.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The students are very spirited and attend many of the sporting events. There is a healthy rivalry between us and CSU. On my CU Info, there is a list of things going on around campus each day of the week, so student life is fun and there's always something to do.


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Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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There will be many times throughout the college experience when a student will question his decision and dwell on other possibilities. The University of Colorado-Boulder is a significantly large school where an incoming freshman will undoubtedly feel lost on the long and lonely walk to class. You will find yourself contemplating the benefits that a smaller school could have offered and wonder whether you made the right choice. But it isn’t hard to lose that in the amazing beauty of the campus and the kind, openness of the students, which makes it easy to find your place. As the years progress, you will notice more the value in choosing Boulder with the pure intention of skiing as many days as possible. Throughout your time spent at CU, you will ask if you have surrounded yourself with the right people. Later, when you are confronted with choosing a profession, serious criticism may be cast onto your once prized major.

Such questions will plague several students attending a number of universities, yet not all of them will find solace in knowing they spent four years studying in one of the most stimulating cities in the country. It is almost impossible to narrow the experience down to one deciding factor. There is not just one simple thing that separates CU from the countless number of universities that a student has to choose from. Yet, it could have something to do with the mountains. Being greeted every morning by Colorado’s towering terrain never fails to put an inflated ego into place. Looking down from the highest peak in Vail is more than a subtle reminder of the benefits of dedication. Even fresh Aspen air is capable of lifting the lowest spirits. You are given one life and one college experience. The knowledge you can gain at CU is immeasurable, but not everything in life can be based on an academic curriculum.

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