Location
Boulder, CO
Undergrads
23,662
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 1768 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boulder is a great town and a great place to be, everyone loves it

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's great food in Boulder but it can get expensive

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Our teams aren't that good now but everyone comes out to support them

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living in the dorms kind of sucks but it provides you with an opportunity to make friends

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I do not like some of the classes, but I studied very hard in those and am pulling A's. I am in Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences and know of the founder of the program through my parents. It is great to see what she established here in the 60's. They have a great program to actually apply your learning with the machines you would use in the field.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I looked at all the majors the school has, crossed off those that I definitely would not sign up for and was left with about eight. I then considered the classes I took freshman year and then chose this path after speaking to a well informed advisors who had so much information and guidance about what jobs I could go for anywhere in the country. This field always has a job for you when you graduate. I am double majoring in Psychology too.

4 College Sophomore

Weather: We barely have any snow days. The weather is awesome. Some rain, so wear boots; lots of walking on campus.

Riding bikes on campus is great; watch out for tree seeds/pods - they have punctured my tire tubes twice!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks for the guys are off campus

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Registration process hard to learn - different answers from different advisors. Had to drop/add stuff!

You have to work hard here, 30k students=competition! Make sure you learn the attendance process and that you have a battery in your unit. Teachers are strict about your signing into class.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Participated in some sports that our dorm created. Broomball, etc.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Easy to get around in Boulder. Students receive a bus pass for local travel and getting to the airport. Pay once, use a lot! Can even put your bike on the front bumper of the bus in a bike carrier slot.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I was in an Honors dorm. Quiet floor, students somewhat engaged with each other. Wish it was livelier.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Very pricey. Many options are not worth the cost, run down.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Confusing on how to apply for what dorm. Needed more information on honors housing process.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I was never contacted that the school did not have my social security number, therefore, I missed out on all the scholarships freshman year. I was irritated because I worked very hard all through high school for a great GPA and opted for the advanced hard classes and new that I could have had a great chance to get some scholarship awards. I spoke with the registrar, counselor and bursar's office for some remediation, but they all said sorry it's too late! The school needs to dot all their 'I's when received student applications so that incoming students do not get penalized.

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.

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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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