University of Colorado - Boulder Summary

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Basic Statistics

Location
Boulder, CO
Website
www.colorado.edu
Full-Time Undergrads
23,662
Part-Time Undergrads
2,279
Setting
Small city
In-State Tuition
$10,347
Out-of-State Tuition
$32,115
Room & Board
$12,258
Acceptance Rate
88 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
Average SAT Scores
1060–1280
Average ACT Scores
24–29

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Campus
  • Boulder
  • Ski season
  • Quality of life

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Boulder police
  • High cost of living
  • Core requirements
  • Lack of diversity

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

CU-Boulder Student Reviews

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College Sophomore

Scholarships: I cannot even put into words how frustrating it was to get the loans I needed for school here. It took MONTHS into school.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I am not attending Boulder my Sophomore year as I cannot afford it at the moment, but when I was looking at off-campus housing, there are so many resources available to you. Just this last week, I helped my boyfriend move into his off-campus apartment (Bear Creek offered by CU), and it was much nicer than the dorms. It was pretty well furnished (had things like beds and microwaves, but didn't have little things like coffee makers, etc.) There are options, and its much cheaper than living in the dorms (unless of course, you're an RA!)

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I am double majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Integrative Physiology. The professors teaching the classes under these majors are so incredibly helpful and kind. I love my majors - it's a lot, and its very, VERY challenging, but it perfectly suits me and my ultimate passion in life.

College Sophomore

Majors: Have not interned at this time.

College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I never had any trouble with the administration or the police. While helping my boyfriend move up this past weekend, someone gave his Kia a bit of a fender bender and the policemen who were helping us were so kind and helped to hammer out the situation with no problem. CU Boulder is known as a party school, and RA's were very lenient on in-dorm parties, I don't think anyone really got written up for drug/alcohol use unless they were really obvious over their usage (I heard about some kids who were in their dorm drinking with the door wide open and a policeman happened to walk by and took necessary action). During April 20th, the whole campus was shut down for "4/20," and you had to be sober if on campus and have an on campus ID. I worked at the dining hall and they reviewed me at the checkpoint, gave me the OK, and sent me on my merry way.

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