The University of Colorado-Boulder campus instantly captivates prospective students and their families. The snow capped Rocky Mountains and the dramatic Flatirons serve as a magnificent backdrop to the 600-acre campus. Gorgeous sandstone buildings topped with terra cotta roofs compliment the natural landscape.
Nearly 25,000 undergraduate students are enrolled in one or more of CU-Boulder’s seven colleges. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college, and the engineering and business schools are the most competitive. Physical sciences are very strong at CU, and research opportunities are plentiful. Nobel prize winner and physicist, John Hall, is among the faculty. Students have the unique opportunity to work cooperatively with NASA on the student satellite, DANDY. CU puts a strong emphasis on internships and job placement. The university holds two career fairs each year, where 14,000 companies come to recruit students for internships and jobs nationwide.
Freshmen are required to live on campus. Since housing is assigned on a first come, first served basis, admitted students are encouraged to apply for housing when they send in their intent to enroll. Living and learning communities are popular here. Eighty-percent of upperclassmen live off campus, and nearby apartments are plentiful.
CU students are physically fit and assimilate well into the nation’s second “most fit city.” It’s no surprise that the ski club is the largest and most active club on campus. Each weekend there is a trip to a different ski mountain, and the club guarantees the “first chair” of the day. Some additional outdoor clubs include rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and skydiving. CU-Boulder has an impressive athletic center. The large climbing wall is a big draw. Dance studios, an indoor competitive size pool, ice rink and gyms were filled with students during my visit. A new, large buffalo-shaped outdoor pool is now open.
School pride, traditions, and division I sports are strong at CU. Our tour guide told us that the on-campus football stadium is packed with students and alumni on game day. Buffalo fans cheer when CU’s live buffalo mascot, Ralphie, runs the field during halftime. Don’t ask where Ralphie lives between games, because it’s a well-kept secret! A long-standing tradition is for students to wear their freshman orientation t-shirts with the CU fight song imprinted on back to football games—so there’s no excuse not to sing the CU fight song during halftime! Less than twenty-percent of students join sororities and fraternities. Students told me that the campus social life does not revolve around the Greek system.
Nearly half of CU’s students hale from Colorado. Admissions told me that CU is concentrating on recruiting a more diverse student body: racially and internationally. Students on campus are friendly, down-to-earth and athletic. The girls we saw wore boots, jeans, leggings, Northface and Patagonia. Boys wore jeans, khakis, sweaters, sweatshirts and Northface. Bikes and skateboards are popular and prove extremely useful on this large campus. Students can use their BUFF ID card to access the city’s public transportation system. Many students take the bus system to Pearl Street: a pedestrian mall lined with shops, restaurants, coffee shops and street musicians.
Admissions and Financial Aid Students apply to their college of interest and not the university. Students not admitted into their preferred school are automatically considered for the School of Arts and Sciences. CU superscores the ACT and SAT. There are over 600 merit-based scholarships available to prospective students that require scholarship specific applications and additional essays.
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