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Boulder, CO
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23,662
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$31,378 ($9,482)
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Easy
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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There is something going on, if not everyday of the week, definitely Thursday-Saturday. I know a lot of my junior and senior friends love to go to the bars. The parties are within walking distance so there isn't much need for transportation. There were some accusations of frats drugging girls at parties, so sometimes the nightlife can get out of hand but, for the most part, it's fun.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors have been great so far and really seem to be invested in their work as well as the success of their students. The registration process is smooth and I like that it is done online and that you can easily add and drop classes whenever you please. The workload is rigorous but manageable if you set aside some time to study. I was in the Farrand Rap, so it was nice to have a more intimate class setting where I could get to know my professor better as well as my peers.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have to declared majors right now and that's Film and International Affairs. Film is nice because, although it is hard work, it also acts as a creative outlet for me. My first year I was a production assistant on two film sets which was an amazing experience. There are many opportunities available on campus, you just have to get your foot in the door and network. I like International Affairs because it's a perfect blend of politics and sociology and I get to practically minor in a language in the process. I will be participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in the fall and helping assist my Comparative Politics teacher in her research. So I would suggest that students with the same major to join UROP or to at least connect with teachers who are in that field.

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I didn't get any financial aid my first year. I did apply but I applied late because attending Boulder was a last minute decision. I would suggest to students to get their FAFSA filled out early and to apply ahead of time for scholarships provided by the school.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: They seem very fit for the most part. Most seem to be interested in doing outdoor activities or going to bars. The guys and girls seems wealthy and dress the part.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: I mostly stayed on campus my first year, so I didn't use transportation very often; however, the buses were very convenient the few times I did use them. They ran about every 15 minutes and there was a stop at almost every corner of campus. With our Buff Bus pass, transportation was free (or at least was paid through tuition) so cost wasn't an issue. Catching the bus is great if you want to go shopping or out to a restaurant with your friends. Sometimes I would catch the bus to Denver to go home for the weekend as well.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I lived in Farrand Hall which had its own Grab n Go and was located just next to the C4C dining hall. The food was good but there wasn't a lot of variety so, by the end of the semester, I got bored with eating the same food items. The Farrand Grab n Go was popular for its burgers which were really tasty! C4C had the best omelets in the morning. Other than that, I would use my munch money to switch my meals up a little and maybe buy a calzone from the WeatherTech.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My first year at CU has been great! The people are nice and welcoming and always down to have a good time. Whether it's hiking, going to the hill, playing a sport, or going to a concert at the Boulder Theater, there is always something to keep you occupied! Not only that, but there are some wonderful courses offered. My first semester, I took a meditation class that really helped me deal with the stress that comes along with being a first-year college student. Despite the fact that it is expensive, I would choose Boulder again if I could do it all over. Boulder is filled with great people, great opportunities, and a great view of the Flatirons!

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is, of course, a lot of support for the boys' basketball and football teams; however, the girls don't have many fans. Also, club sports are looking for more funding and support in the student government. Being in a club sport myself, I have witnessed how we often tend to get the short end of the stick.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I generally feel very safe and comfortable on campus. I am more worried about expensive items (bicycles, computers, etc) being stolen than I am about assault of any form. People are often very passionate about fighting against sexual assault.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: There are multiple places to eat on campus that have a pretty good variety.

4 College Senior

Facilities: The location of CU is great. It is such a beautiful area with the Flatirons as a backdrop.

5 College Senior

Facilities: The aesthetics of CU's campus in Boulder are second to none.

4 College Senior

Computers: There are always multiple locations on campus to use a computer.

3 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness at CU seems pretty average compared to other colleges.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I ENJOY MY MAJOR. WORKLOAD IS DEMANDING. GREAT JOB OPPORTUNITIES UPON GRADUATION.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: HAVE NOT DONE AN INTERNSHIP YET BUT MANY ARE AVAILABLE.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: ANYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF FOR ALL ETHNIC FOODS AND CHAINS.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: VARIETY OF PEOPLE WITH DRESS, INTERESTS AND SOCIAL LIFE

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: VERY WELL LIT. BLUE BUTTON IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE AND RESPONSE TIME IS ABOUT 1 MINUTE.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: NOT INVOLVED WITH ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: BUY A TRANSPORTATION PASS AND ALL THE BUSES ARE FREE AROUND TOWN AND TO THE AIRPORT. BUSSES HAVE BIKE RACKS UP FRONT FOR YOU.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOB AND FACILITIES TO TRAIN. WORKLOAD IS DEMANDING.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: I AM WITH A CHRISTIAN SORORITY

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: You see and experience a lot of different things.

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Sara K. Jordan
Hometown
Littleton, CO
Major
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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