Boulder, CO
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Beautiful updated building for the most part.

3 College Freshman

Facilities: There are many traditions such as the parade before football games on pearl, and plenty of areas to toss a frisbee. The school is also very green and eco-friendly. Many clubs exist on campus, with the ski and snowboarding club being one of the biggest in the country.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The surrounding area of Boulder is incredible. Once anyone visits they understand why this is such a popular school to go to.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Recently there have been renovations to the athletic center so it has not been great, but it will be! The student centers are great and social areas that students frequent often.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Locations such as Pearl Street make our area very unique and attractive. The wildlife and natural setting of Boulder is also very special and beautiful as well. The academics are challenging but rewarding as well.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 4th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 82nd
    Best Library
  • 139th
    Best Student Centers
  • 175th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 357th
    Best Performance Venues

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Littleton, CO
International Affairs
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Prospective students visiting the University of Colorado are often lured by the University's grandeur. The main campus alone maintains over 700 acres of towering trees and captivating landscape. Aside from the naturally inspiring campus grounds, the facilities at CU are especially inviting due to a number of renovations that have recently occurred. For the past few years, the University Memorial Center has undergone detailed construction, allowing for the expansion of the bookstore, as well as ample tables for studying, a renovated bank, a bowling alley, and added restaurants.

To put it best, the University of Colorado's campus is everything that one would expect from a major university. Most students will proudly admit that a simple walk around the campus was all it took for them to choose CU. They feel no shame in having based their decision on the aesthetics of the University, knowing that they would spend adequate time walking on its grounds and seeking intellectual stimulation within its beautiful walls. With the Rocky Mountains as its backdrop, it's hard for students to picture themselves anywhere else. If you decide to take advantage of the Rec, make sure that you either go early in the morning, late at night, or in between classes to avoid peak hours. Also, make sure not to forget your Buff One (student ID card), because if you can't show ID, attendants are not obligated to let you in.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
786 acres
Student Centers
University Memorial Center (UMC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Popular Places to Chill
  • Farrand Field
  • The Hill
  • Norlin Quad
  • The UMC
  • The UMC fountain
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
In the Connection in the University Memorial Center
Coffeehouse on Campus
Baby Doe's and Celestial Seasonings in University Memorial Center, Norlin Underground in Main Library, Vics in the Atlas building
Movie Theater on Campus
Muenzinger Auditorium
School Slang
  • The Alley: Dining hall in Farrand.
  • The Bridge: A walkway that connects the CU campus and the Hill.
  • The Buff Bus: Bus that runs back and forth between Williams Village and campus.
  • Buff OneCard: Student ID card.
  • Buffs: Buffaloes.
  • Chip: Fully clad human mascot who fills in for Ralphie during indoor athletic events.
  • Course Forgiveness: Policy allowing students (receiving a D+ or lower) to re-take a class for a better grade.
  • Farrand Field: Large field nestled within Baker, Cheyenne Arapahoe, and Farrand dorms; freshmen gather here between classes to study, socialize, and scope out the rest of the incoming class.
  • Flagstaff: Flagstaff Mountain, great for hiking and viewing the Boulder landscape.
  • Flatirons: Illustrious foothills made of fountain-sandstone, popular mountain climbing spot.
  • Folsom: Folsom Field; home football games are played here.
  • The Fountain: The water fountain neighboring the UMC.
  • The Hill: The University Hill area located directly west of campus.
  • Kit: Kittridge dorms.
  • MAPS: Minimum academic preparation standards.
  • Pearl: The outdoor Pearl Street mall.
  • Pretty Good: Delilah's Pretty Good Grocery.
  • RA: Resident Assistant.
  • Ralphie: CU's official buffalo mascot.
  • The Rec: The Recreation Center.
  • Regent: Regent Administrative Center, where you pay tuition and conduct other school business.
  • TA: Teaching Assistant.
  • TPC: The Players Club, student's often say this in an effort to avoid the popular bar's cheesy name.
  • The UMC: The University Memorial Center.
  • Will Ville: Williams Village.
  • Colors: Though students have proudly paraded the official school colors of silver and gold since 1988, black was recently added to contrast the gold. The original colors of silver and gold are representative of the rich minerals that Colorado holds.
  • The Norlin Charge: Each CU commencement ceremony is concluded with inspiring words that characterize the Norlin Charge. This speech, which was originally written by CU President George Norlin, was first addressed to graduates on June 9, 1935. This speech reminds graduating students that they will forever be "promoters" of the University's spirit.
  • Ralphie : In 1966, a six-month-old calf was chosen to represent the University's strength and vigor. Misled as to its gender, the student body initially named the buffalo "Ralph," but accordingly changed her name to "Ralphie." Though the original buffalo passed away in 1978, the current Ralphie still carries CU's spirit as she storms through every football game played on Folsom Field.
  • The Sink: As a finale to countless days and nights spent at the Sink, graduating students have made a practice of signing their names on the Sink walls. This tradition is often performed in the early mornings before the graduation ceremony, when the Sink opens for its graduates at 6 a.m.
Urban Legends
The ghost of Jon Benet Ramsey haunts houses on the Hill.
Favorite Things To Do
When weather permits, most CU students enjoy spending time outside. They can be found studying on the spacious grounds of the Norlin Quad, throwing Frisbees on Farrand Field, or eating lunch around the UMC Fountain. Between classes, students can often be found going to the Rec to work up a sweat. Norlin Library is also popular among those who enjoy studying in a semi-social scene, while the Hill remains the favorite spot for just about anything.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
In "The Campus as a Work of Art," by Thomas Gaines, the University of Colorado at Boulder was ranked fourth among the 50 "most architecturally successful campuses in the country."

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 92 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 6 responses

  • 30% Farrand Field
  • 20% The Hill
  • 20% The UMC
  • 10% Boulder Creek
  • 10% Pearl Street
  • 10% Norlin Quad
  • 0% The UMC fountain

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 27% Party
  • 27% Chill with friends
  • 18% Outdoors!
  • 9% Go to sports games
  • 9% Indoor beach volleyball
  • 9% Nothing, really

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 6 responses

  • 55% Ralphie
  • 18% C-Unit
  • 18% Colors
  • 9% The Sink
  • 0% The Norlin Charge

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 103 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 18% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 53% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 28% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 86 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 59% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 37% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.



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