Boulder, CO
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
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Reviews 1860 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is a really big thing on campus, but its okay to not join also

4 College Junior

Nightlife: There is lots to do in Boulder very close to campus

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: I haven't lived in on campus housing but the housing is close to many buildings

3 College Junior

Scholarships: CU is willing to give loans but there aren't very many scholarships given out, so that is a challenge.

3 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't much political diversity

4 College Junior

Athletics: There is big school spirit and a healthy rivalry between CU and the nearby CSU

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The places are fine but the problem I have is how much it costs

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The campus is pretty safe, but its really big and in the middle of town, so I don't like walking alone at night to my car.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It is a unique place. Some people love it, some people aren't crazy about it. But it does have a lot of things to do.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It has a good amount of strict policy. Enough to keep everyone safe and making good choices but not so many that things are ruined.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are tons of program options and all of the departments have some great professors.

3 College Junior

Academics: Not many of the people in the program are super outgoing, so meeting people can be a challenge. Some of the classes are ridiculously hard, but others are pretty easy.

3 College Junior

Guys & Girls: It is kind of a big party school so its hard to get to know people who are open to hanging out at places other than parties...

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Some professors do not use the book, others give quizzes prior to every class. You have to work hard.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are plenty of jobs available for my field.

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.


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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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