Boulder, CO
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3 College Senior

Academics: ENVD is hardcore, if you cant keep up, keep out. Vigorous and eliminatory is how I would describe the first year, and you have to really want it. I would say the pressure of the other semesters is less, but thats a lie, you really just learn to take the stress.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: If you need it you might actually get it, but you have to know where to look.

3 College Senior

Transportation: get a college pass and its free even on the regional buses. Locally the buses stop at midnight which is a little unfortunate for the late nights.

College Senior

Drug Safety: Peer pressure is subjective, it depends on the people you surround yourself with. People smoke weed, especially since its legal in my state, and occassionally come to class stoned. Drinking is more often a late night thing, but rarely actually takes place. Policy enforcement is pretty severe...if the student is caught

4 College Senior

Computers: For my major printing is pretty mandatory so we are well supplied. How other major fare is beyond me.

1 College Senior

Nightlife: Lots of parties if you know where to look. Bar/club scene is weak, nightlife on campus is pretty much non existant unless you're on campus actually studying, and transportation is abysmal (efficient, but not often and no buses after midnight)

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Pretty good looking population. Many are kind of superficial though, intelligent, but superficial.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Its a pretty respectable place. There arent people hounding you but if someone is doing something really off hand, someone will say something

3 College Senior

Weather: Typical of all things Coloradan, its absolutely nuts. Pre-college town status, Boulder is technically still in an arid area, with the beautiful spring days and golden fall winds there are severe winter storms ( occassional snow days), and recently the overdue 100-year flood shut the place down for the better part of two weeks.

3 College Senior

Athletics: Our school is incredibly fond and proud of the Buff football team, everyone else is kind of forgotten, but rivalry games are pretty epic. There's a huge amount of Buff pride regardless of what sport you play.

3 Recent Alumnus

Parking: It is better to take public transit or walk on to campus because parking is difficult there. If you buy a parking pass, there is available parking, but at a cost.

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3 Recent Alumnus

Computers: The main labs can be crowded at certain times of the day. If you just need to print something, you might have to wait for a few minutes at peak times. The upper floors of the library are the best places to find free computers.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: The addition of the C4C has given students many more options for food. Certain dining halls offer different selections, so it is nice if you are tired of eating at one dining hall, to switch it up.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The weather is usually sunny, whether it is snowing or warm. There can bee extremes at both ends of the spectrum of hot and cold.

4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: There is enough variety to keep things interesting. There are a lot of late night places which allow the party to keep going after the bars shut down. There are many delivery options as well.

4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: The University of Colorado at Boulder is a great school. Classes are diverse and professors are very available to students.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's was pretty easy for me, however I will say it takes quite a while for them to respond to the changes you make to any scholarship or loan

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I'm in the college of Arts and Sciences it's pretty easy to get things done, however sometimes I feel like I'm back in High School because of all the irrelevant required classes I need to tae

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: I've not yet had an internship, but I've only heard the best from my older friends.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Depending on what day of the week it is (Friday and Saturday) the campus police as well as the Boulder police will be everywhere mostly looking out for student who are visibly and excessively drunk. Past that occasionally there are attempted sexual assault usually involving student near a frat house that are drunk. If your aware of these dangers you have nothing to worry about

3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather at CU isn't extreme compared to places known for extreme weather however it is very bipolar and unpredictable. One day it'll be a clear day, sun out, 60-70 degrees and the next day it'll be snowing.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Freshman are required to live on campus. If students choose to live off campus it can be very costly.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports are a big part of CU to either attend or participate. There is something of interest for everyone who enjoys sports.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus and have been able to receive medical attention whenever I needed it.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't ever see drug and alcohol use on campus. If students are using, they must be off campus.


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Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
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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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