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Reviews 1891 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I cannot even put into words how frustrating it was to get the loans I needed for school here. It took MONTHS into school.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am not attending Boulder my Sophomore year as I cannot afford it at the moment, but when I was looking at off-campus housing, there are so many resources available to you. Just this last week, I helped my boyfriend move into his off-campus apartment (Bear Creek offered by CU), and it was much nicer than the dorms. It was pretty well furnished (had things like beds and microwaves, but didn't have little things like coffee makers, etc.) There are options, and its much cheaper than living in the dorms (unless of course, you're an RA!)

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Integrative Physiology. The professors teaching the classes under these majors are so incredibly helpful and kind. I love my majors - it's a lot, and its very, VERY challenging, but it perfectly suits me and my ultimate passion in life.

College Sophomore

Majors: Have not interned at this time.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I never had any trouble with the administration or the police. While helping my boyfriend move up this past weekend, someone gave his Kia a bit of a fender bender and the policemen who were helping us were so kind and helped to hammer out the situation with no problem. CU Boulder is known as a party school, and RA's were very lenient on in-dorm parties, I don't think anyone really got written up for drug/alcohol use unless they were really obvious over their usage (I heard about some kids who were in their dorm drinking with the door wide open and a policeman happened to walk by and took necessary action). During April 20th, the whole campus was shut down for "4/20," and you had to be sober if on campus and have an on campus ID. I worked at the dining hall and they reviewed me at the checkpoint, gave me the OK, and sent me on my merry way.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I really only was a part of athletics through my usage of the gym facilities - I didn't have a whole lot to go see the football games, but they received a lot of attention, so I'm assuming they were intense!

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: CU Boulder is the greatest college out there, despite the hefty fees. It's a perfect mix of city and outdoors, it's gorgeous and you can still run to Target while getting a gorgeous view of the Flat Irons. Everyone is very friendly and the busing system is incredible (I grew up in a small town and had to walk everywhere, it was a nice adjustment for me).

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I didn't really get involved in Greek life until I met my boyfriend, and it was alright. I really wanted to join a sorority but the fees were too much with all the ones I was paying for my education.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I had wanted to be in a RAP program but was not admitted. Would have been beneficial to major, and their dorms were much nicer than my off campus dorm, which I had to take a bus to campus for...

1 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You are either stuck on the hill in a shabby house with 5 other people. Where it's loud, constant partying, and expensive. Or you live outside of Boulder where it's a lot nicer and cheaper (however you do have a longer commute)

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: They love parking tickets more than they love catching freshman with alcohol.

3 College Junior

Athletics: CU is mostly made out of school spirit, in which we have the most in the country with the best mascot. A real buffalo (bison) named Ralphie who runs around the field before each game. The team is the worst though.

1 College Junior

Scholarships: They only care about you if you are rich and have money. They will not pay attention to you or your financial needs if you actually NEED the aid.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The only good thing to take away from it would be that you meet a lot of people and make lots of friends. Just keep your door open so people can say hello.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Great variety. A lot of local/organic places.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Always walk with a group at night.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: CU Boulder provides the best learning atmosphere. Whether it is dedicated professors who are willing to remember your name if you sit in the front of the class, to loving teaching assistants who will stay with you way past their office hours to break down every concept.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Wonderful. My freshman year of college I had many offers from different companies trying to recruit me and many other students for summer internships. You are opened to a wide selection of networking and connections at this university.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's very straight and white. I'm sure there are a lot of lgbtqia students but they're overshadowed by the overwhelming heteronormativity.

College Sophomore

Athletics: I've never been to a sports game or participated in any sports.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I've only been to a few places but they were all really good and there are still a lot of places I haven't been to.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: A lot of different classes are offered and the registration process is easy. All the professors I've had so far are great.


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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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