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

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1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: All the rules make me feel like I'm an 8 year old

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Parties are great, they're not the most fun people to be around though.

1 College Senior

Athletics: Football team sucks, basketball is ok.

2 College Senior

Diversity: I'd say 85% Caucasian, a handful of African Americans, and a few Asian folks.

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3 College Senior

Majors: The instructors are decent and my adviser is awesome. I'm going into the Air Force after this, but dream of using my Architecture degree once I'm out.

2 College Senior

Majors: The woman who decides who's in and out is downright pessimistic towards students, she has no place in being there.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Biking is encouraged and there's always something going on!

3 College Sophomore

Parking: I honestly have no idea. I haven't had to deal with parking, but it seems okay.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I would choose film again and International Affairs. I want to do something that I genuinely am interested in and like doing and not do it because of how much it pays. I'm not too worried about finding a job in my field because I've already been doing some networking that will hopefully pay off in the future. My career goals are pretty open-ended right now; I'm still figuring things out.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: You don't have to be accepted into the program like you would for the Business or Engineering schools. However, if you do want to get a Bachelor of the Fine Arts degree in Film, you have to submit a film of your own, a critical writing piece, and another work of art. I haven't applied yet so I don't know the process and I can't offer any tips.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There is not much racial diversity on campus. And have been a few cases of racism. As far as political beliefs, Boulder leans towards the liberal side but there are many republican especially when it comes to economic issues. Religion doesn't seem to exist on campus, mostly because everyone is so liberal and there is a large acceptance of the gay community.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: I really didn't use the computer labs. I went to the library for printing which was cheap and easily accessible. Wireless access and network speed was excellent. The need for a laptop is essential just because it provides easy access to your email and my cu info account and, especially during finals when the library is crowded, it allows you to get work done.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Personally, I feel very safe on campus. I would often go on walks at night or ride my longboard (carrying around my pepper spray just in case). Despite my feeling safe on campus, I always received emails talking about some sexual assault or crime occurring on campus or near the hill.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: It just has a healthy balance of everything and Boulder is a great college town. I think it was ranked the number one college town in America for 2013. Boulder has some of the smartest students and intense Engineering and Business programs but students don't let that consume their lives. They know how to party and have a good time as well. It's located in the perfect spot near the mountains to go hiking, skiing, or mountain biking. It is a very liberal town so people in Boulder are very open-minded and are the forerunners of social change in the US.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The students are very spirited and attend many of the sporting events. There is a healthy rivalry between us and CSU. On my CU Info, there is a list of things going on around campus each day of the week, so student life is fun and there's always something to do.

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.


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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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