See what students say:


Located in the Rocky Mountain region, the University of Colorado Boulder is a “comprehensive public research university” boasting “five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.” It “provides a modern, research-based education that focuses on creating aware citizens to go on to change the world (while having fun).” Students call it a “strong school academically with all the perks of a big state university” including “excellent diversity in subjects and courses, school spirit, packed sports games, and a fun, beautiful college town.” Students get to enjoy a “beautiful campus with outdoor-oriented people” in addition to “a great research university,” notes an international affairs major. Boulder offers a wide variety of degree programs, but students praise the “top-notch leadership program,” “great business program,” and “strong physics reputation” in particular. CU Boulder also offers a “strong environmental program” with opportunities for “both onand off-campus” study. Students say the professors are “amazing,” “approachable,” “interested in students personally,” and “will treat you as an adult.” Professors are “consistently excellent across the wide variety of subjects I have taken courses in, from geography to astronomy and economics to literature,” notes one student. “In my four years as an undergrad,” says an environmental studies major, “I have traveled places and learned things that I never imagined I would or could experience.” In addition, “the price for an education of this caliber is phenomenal,” a creative writing major notes. “I was going to a private college for two years and can safely say that this education is significantly better, while the cost is relatively minimal.” CU Boulder is a perfect fit for students who want to be in a “college town surrounded by other young intellectuals.”

Student Body

CU Boulder students consider themselves a diverse bunch from “diverse backgrounds” with “diverse passions.” “There isn’t really a typical student, which is awesome,” notes a marketing major. But an international affairs major says, “Students are mostly uppermiddle class white kids from Colorado, California, Texas, or Illinois.” Typical CU Boulder students are “kind,” “genuine,” “smart,” and “athletic.” They are “outdoorsy, outgoing, and always up for anything.” They “love to be outside and often will spend their weekends in the mountains.” And though “partying is big,” “most take school very seriously and are irritated by [its] depiction as a ‘party school’” in the “media.” “The school is so large that everyone fits into a group, no matter what your interests are,” says an environmental studies major. In addition to those attracted to Greek life, there are “hippy concert going types and everything in between.” An architecture major says, those “who make an effort to meet new people and try new things, will be very happy, and have a great time at CU Boulder.” As one student notes: “When I stepped foot on CU’s campus, I immediately felt at home.” She adds: “Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It’s such a community atmosphere.

Everyone watches out for each other and has each other’s backs, even strangers.”

Campus Life

“Boulder is the best college town in the U.S.,” raves one student. With the foothills of the Rockies as their home, “being active and outdoors is a staple for students.” “Regardless of the time of day, students can be seen outside relaxing, exercising, or just hanging out with friends,” according to one marketing major. Students “go hiking when the weather is nice” and many “go skiing in the mountains on days that [they] don’t have classes.” Snowboarding is also “extremely popular.” And there is also a “prominent night life at the bars,” including a music scene that is “diverse and active.” Students “go shopping and eat out on Pearl Street” in “downtown Boulder” and “Farrand Field is always busy on nice days with students playing Frisbee, football, soccer, and tanning.” It’s a “fun college town,” and many students “[like] to go out and party on the weekends.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
552 UCB, Regent
Boulder, CO 80309-0552



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for Community (C4C)
University Memorial Center (UMC)
Student Recreation Center
Norlin Library
Farrand Field

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Chautauqua Park - hiking, concerts, restaurant
Historic Downtown Boulder and Pearl Street - outdoor pedestrian mall
The Hill - shopping, restaurants, entertainment
Boulder Creek Path - walk, bike, parks
Eldora, Keystone, & Breckenridge - ski and snowboard resorts
Denver, Colorado's capital, is only 30 miles from Boulder and is home to professional football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball teams. It has some of the finest museums in the West, including the Black American West Museum; the Denver Art Museum, with one of the best collections of American Indian art works in the world; and the Denver Museum of Natural History & Science, one of the largest natural history museums in the nation. Elitch Gardens Theme & Water Park is the only downtown theme park in America, and the Denver Botanic Gardens is a 23-acre oasis in the middle of the city, with 45 different gardens and one of the nation's top 10 conservatories.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

See http://www.colorado.edu/visit/admissions

Faculty and Coach Visits

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Class Visits

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 40 miles from the campus. Buses, taxis, and shuttles are available for the drive from airport to campus. For information on ground transportation from DIA to Boulder, please see http://www.flydenver.com/parking_transit.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Denver International Airport, follow Pena Blvd. to the E-470 tollway. Travel E-470 north to U.S. Rte. 36 west. From U.S. Rte. 36, take the Baseline Rd. exit and turn left (west) on Baseline. At the second light, turn right (north) on Broadway. At the first light, turn right on Regent Dr. The Regent Administrative Center is on the left side of the street.

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Applicants: 54,860
Acceptance Rate: 79%
Average HS GPA: 3.73



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