Local Atmosphere

Location
Boulder, CO
Undergrads
23,662
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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5 College Freshman

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

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.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Boulder is a great college town that caters to the college population. CU is the pride of Boulder.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Perfect college town with Denver 30 minutes away.

3 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: Boulder is not a city. It has two main features which include the Pearl Street Mall and 29th Street Mall. Pearl Street has many fun restaurants, bars and shops and is a great place to be during the summer or winter. Twenty-ninth Street Mall is newer and has many shops, restaurants and a movie theater. If you like outdoor activity, the Boulder Creek is a wonderful place to enjoy time. Boulder is also very close to the Flatirons and other great places to hike. Biking, running and other outdoor activities are big. The campus rec center is also very fun and offers many intramural teams including dodgeball, broom-ball, water polo etc.

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Hometown
Littleton, CO
Major
International Affairs
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Long before Martha Stewart was teaching housewives to sew yoga tote bags, Boulderites were already reaping the benefits of the Hindu philosophy. When people were still frequenting McDonald's and lighting up in restaurants, Boulder was snacking on tofu and banning smoking in public buildings. To outsiders, Boulder's aspirations towards reaching utopia are comic, but for its inhabitants, it is simply a way of life. With lavish resorts such as Vail, Copper Mountain, and Aspen only a few hours away, one has to be reminded that taking full advantage of a ski season is viewed as a luxury, and not just a recreational sport. Those wanting to take a leisurely hike can choose from a number of different trails that range from dirt paths along the Boulder Creek to steep divides through the foothills. Yet, Boulder is more than just a modest town offering simple pleasures. The downtown Pearl Street Mall caters to city shoppers seeking the latest styles.

There are few methods to understanding Boulder, but ask any student, and they will provide you with countless ways to describe it. It is a place where people come to ski, but learn that invigoration can be sought beyond moguls and slopes. This is where people breathe a little better and still enjoy a booming business environment, where Starbucks is shunned, Shakespeare is a tradition, and finding parking is still a problem. A college town where local residents resent students for driving expensive SUVs, rioting, throwing parties, and renting a piece of their well-kept secret. It is a place that provides more bars, concerts, happy hours, and drink specials than most cities twice its size, but still blames the students for excessive alcoholism. Overall, Boulder is a town where students consider themselves lucky to spend four years.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. Every year, Boulder pays its largest tribute to American veterans on Memorial Day by hosting the annual Bolder Boulder 10K road race. On this day, professional runners, together with walking patriots and wheelchair racers, gather throughout the streets to participate.
  2. The Colorado Shakespeare Festival presents four full-scale productions each summer on campus. Over the course of its 43 seasons, the highly anticipated event has received a number of awards and was even recognized as one of the top three Shakespeare festivals by Time magazine.
  3. The largest herbal tea manufacturer, Celestial Seasonings, is headquartered in Boulder on Sleepy Time Drive. Before Boulder's harvest of wild herbs materialized into a manufacturer's dream, herbal teas were regarded only for their medicinal purposes. Today Celestial Seasonings has revolutionized the tea industry by fashioning natural teas into delicious healthy beverages.
  4. Boulder has one of the largest per capita concentrations of Buddhists outside of Tibet.
  5. The Conference on World Affairs is held each year in Boulder. This acclaimed event attracts renowned representatives from multiple countries who debate current issues and concerns with student participants.
  6. Crocs, the shoe company, has it's headquarters just off the diagonal highway. It all started when three Boulder-based founders decided to develop and market an innovative type of footwear.
Notable Natives
  • Tim Allen (Denver) - star of TV show Home Improvement
  • Jessica Biel (Boulder) - actress best known for playing character Mary Camden on 7th Heaven
  • Scott Carpenter (Boulder) - one of the original seven United States astronauts to orbit the Earth
  • Lon Chaney (Colorado Springs) - well-known "actor with a thousand faces," starred in Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Jack Dempsey (Manassa, close by) - champion heavyweight boxer
  • John Elway (Denver) - Bronco quarterback
  • Douglas Fairbanks (Denver) - actor and one of original founders of United Artist
  • Geoff and George Stults (Morrison) - best known for playing brothers on "7th Heaven"
  • Paul Whiteman (Denver) - jazz conductor
Local Slang
  • Boulderite: Someone who is from, and currently lives in, Boulder
  • Granola: Hippie
  • Hill Rats: High school hoodlums who relentlessly infest the Hill area
  • Marg: Margarita; typically used when referring to the Rio Grande's stiff margaritas
  • The Res: The Boulder Reservoir
Points of Interest
  • Boulder History Museum
  • Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Boulder Reservoir
  • Boulder Theatre
  • Chataqua Park
  • Coors Field
  • The Farmers Market
  • Fiddler’s Green
  • Flagstaff Mountain
  • The Fox
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Invesco Field at Mile High
  • Pearl Street
  • The Performing Arts Center
  • Red Rocks Ampitheatre
Shopping Centers
  • 29th Street Mall
  • Cherry Creek Shopping Center
  • FlatIron Crossing
  • Pearl Street Mall
Movie Theaters
Century Boulder
1700 29th St.
(303) 442-1815
Movie Theaters
International Film Series
On campus
(303) 492-1531
Movie Theaters
Magnolia Crossroads Common
2985 Pearl St.
(303) 443-6266
Movie Theaters
United Artist Village 4
2525 Arapahoe Ave.
(303) 443-8232
Major Sports Teams
  • Colorado Avalanche: hockey
  • Colorado Rapids: soccer
  • Colorado Rockies: baseball
  • Denver Broncos: football
  • Denver Nuggets: basketball
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Aspen: CO: 3 hours, 30 minutes
  • Colorado Springs: CO: 2 hours
  • Denver: CO: 30 minutes
  • Vail: CO: 2 hours

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 98 responses

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  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 98 responses

  • 0% Painfully remote.
  • 2% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 2% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 80% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 16% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 98 responses

  • 22% There aren't any nearby schools.
  • 46% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 32% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 98 responses

  • 18% No way.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 33% Totally.

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