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Reviews 1958 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great atmosphere as a college town with mainly students roaming the town. Not very different from my most recent high school town. People are very carefree and fun which is good but lacks a certain motivation as a town. Although I love the beauty of Boulder and its surroundings, I wouldn't choose this place again because I need a place where the people are more interested in just the scenery and want to go out and try new things rather than just hiking at a new location.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It is absolutely beautiful, close to home, and I love being in a rigorous academic setting with people who love being in the outdoors.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The campus is beautiful and so is the weather. The classes are good and most of the teachers really do care about helping you succeed.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Beautiful location, incredible amount of school spirit, big enough for everyone to find their own niche but not too big where you feel lost. Classes are challenging and require work but also very interesting

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Going away to college was very hard for me. I was going to a school where I didn't know anyone and I was nervous about if I would like it or make new friends. But I am so happy that I made the decision to go to CU. It was scary at first but I have met so many new people and have made life long friends. The campus is absolutely breathtaking and Boulder is an amazing city that offers so many things to do. The classes are interesting and make you want to learn, and the teachers are helpful and want you to succeed. Overall I would say my experience at the University of Colorado Boulder has exceeded my expectations and I will always be proud to call myself a Buff.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The University of Colorado Boulder offers different experiences for everyone. For me, I really like the campus and living somewhere far - but not too far - from my home in Colorado Springs. I was placed in Hallet Hall, which was prime location for me because it was super close to the dining hall and business school. I hated my roommate. We just didn't click! I really like the Boulder community overall; it's so unique and easy to get around without a car because the bus system is very efficient. I enjoyed most of classes, but there will be those tough ones. Just make sure you go to your professor's office hours and hope he/she will curve the class! Also, the party scene on The Hill is pretty fun as long as you're with good friends. The students at Boulder are very nice and chill people.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: My overall experience at CU-Boulder was something unexplainable. From the first weekend in the dorms freshman year to graduation 4 years later, each moment filled me with joy, the feeling of adventure, and love rooted deep in a place and its people. There were times when I may not have felt my best (due to personal things), but the Flatirons could always take away those bad feelings. Each and every time I returned to Boulder from my home in the Midwest, the presence of the mountains always brought me back home to Boulder. I met many friends at CU and still hangout with a lot of them to this day, whether it be in Denver, in the mountains, or on summer trips. The friends I made at CU will be friends for a lifetime. Academically, I was in the Environmental Studies program and enjoyed many of my professors and topics that were covered. Lower division classes were generally larger lectures, while upper division classes were smaller and more intimate (professors knew you by your name, etc.). It was a nice mix of both large and small class sizes.The only bad thing about the ENVS Program at CU was the Advisor's Office- I had nearly 4 advisors throughout my 3.5 years at CU! Parties happen all the time, almost every night of the week if you find the right crew. The dining in Boulder is also great-- there's cheap food to order during finals week and high-class restaurants to bring your parents to when they come to town. There's 2 awesome venues in town, so you can catch live music every week. The Flatirons are super close to the Hill and campus so you can hike literally WHENEVER the weather permits. A short drive up Canyon will bring you to more mountainous areas for hiking and off-roading, while Nederland is a fun mountain town that's only 30 minutes away.There are many employment opportunities for students, whether at CU, a local restaurant, or a shop.There's many internship opportunities as well- I actually now work at a non-profit in Boulder where I interned my Jr. year!

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5 College Senior

Scholarships: The financial aid process was hassle free. The staff is very understanding.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The hill is where most students live, but it can be very expensive and the distance is a pain. The house size to cost ratio doesnt seem to make a lot of sense to me either, but that might be because I am young and don't know much.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Everyone knows the reputation Boulder has and it definitely lives up to that reputation.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of places, whether it be on the hill, at Pearl street mall, or 29th street mall, you will never run out of things to try.

3 College Sophomore

Administration: The strictness mostly depends on what part of campus you are on. If you live in an honors hall or engineering dorm, the resident advisors are very strict, but in places like Baker hall and Farrand hall, it seems there are no rules.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: My freshman year I ate at grab and go's as much as possible because the food was much better. I would recommend that for anyone because the dining hall food is below average I think.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Unless you have ethnic background or really high test scores and GPA, getting financial aid could probably be a hassle.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The University of Colorado-Boulder is one of the best places in the country. The atmosphere, the people, and the fresh air is remarkable. There are tons of outdoor places to sit and study while having the best back drop you could have, the flatirons!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are many different options, but the pricing in Boulder is very expensive.

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5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is a great party scene at CU. It remains safe and fun.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is such a large variety of food that it fits the needs of every student.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: They are the perfect combination of lenient and strict when it comes to our academic and social lives.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I enjoyed the variety of food. Especially during breakfasts where there are not many options.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It was nice having people around in case you had questions on homework.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek life in Boulder is not as big as other schools, but if you are involved in it, that is great for you! The good part about it not being as big, is your whole social life does not have to revolve around your sorority/fraternity. You can still have a social life with non greeks without being judged. Boulder is such a laid back community that no one really judges others for being in greek life or not. We are all very supportive of each other.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The pros of off campus housing are freedom to chose who you live with, freedom to decorate how you want, and the real life experience of paying bills. The cons include maintaining the house and it is usually pretty loud on the hill. It is very easy to find a house and the landlords are so nice about it. They know most of the renters are college kids so they are usually very nice about the house and any repairs that need to be made. I have noticed that the prices in Boulder are almost double what they are in lets say Fort Collins. The Hill is right next to campus so it is not too far of a walk to class. It is a great place to live and my experience with it has been great.

5 College Student

Party Scene: There are many house parties on the hill. It is so convenient while you're in the dorms because its a short walk. It's also perfect because if one party is not your scene, you can walk a few blocks and find dozens of other parties. The frats also host a lot of parties and if that is your scene, you will love it! The parties definitely have a positive impact because you can meet so many different students that you never would have met in your classes. Even if you are a business major, you can end up meeting kids who are communication majors and become the best of friends. The more friendly faces you see on campus, the more it feels like home.

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: On the weekends, you can find many students at Moe's bagels, Dunkin Donuts, Illegal Petes, and so many more. These are less expensive places to just grab food and go, but there are also many others places. There are so many breakfast/lunch spots on Pearl Street to go to like Snooze, Foolish Craigs, and Brasserie Ten Ten. These places are slightly more expensive, but still affordable. Lastly, The Buff. This is a favorite of both natives and students and although the wait is outrageous, the food is well worth it. I have yet to find any places off of the hill or Pearl Street that offer discounts. It's Boulder, so there are tons of places that offer gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and any other dietary obstacles.

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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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