came to CU through an unorthodox path to college, and
it was only my third choice of schools. Now that
i'm here, though, I wouldn't rather be doing anything else
with my life right now.
The city of Boulder is,
to me, the perfect college town. The Hill, right next
to campus, is where all the best restaurants (for college
students) in town are, as well as some of the
more popular bars and head shops. Pearl Street is downtown
Boulder, where the higher end retail outlets, bars and restaurants
are. It's also one of the best places in the
world for people watching - Boulder's amazing variety of people
of all different backgrounds and appearances is most apparent there.
On weekends you will see people out and about well
into the early morning in both these places. Both have
been affected by the recession, and more than a few
Medical Marijuana dispensaries have appeared to fill vacant lots.
is no shortage of things to do if you love
the outdoors, as there is a myriad of hiking, swimming
(boulder reservoir), mountain biking, and rock climbing opportunities - and
everything else you can think of that does not include
an ocean. The town itself is obsessed with fitness, and
the school is no exception. Everybody's obsessed with working out,
even the multitude of kids who smoke pot and cigarettes
like fiends. Colorado has the lowest rate of obesity In
the time i've been here, I can honestly not recall
ever seeing an obese person. And such a person would
stick out like a sore thumb in Boulder. If you
like wading through oceans of attractive people, you'll like it
Back to CU, If you want a school with
a huge variety of people, CU is for you. In-state
/ Out-of-state is split 53%/47%. On my floor in the
dorm, only 4 out of the 12 kids were from
Colorado. About half of out of state people come from
California (about 10% of the school's total population comes from
Cali), Illinois, New York and Texas in roughly that order.
The other half comes from a fairly even mix of
states, usually states that don't have many mountains. Around 10%
(!) of the school's population coming from California. I, for
one, love the kids here, but if you come from
a modest background, you may find you have much different
values about money than your peers, as the majority of
CU kids are rich (you have to be rich to
afford out-of-state, anyways).
Just like the town, CU is
a school people come to when they're tired of their
If you have objections to people smoking pot, you
might not want to come here. I would conservatively estimate
that 2/3 of the school smokes. I haven't been in
a group for class yet where every member doesn't smoke
weed. It seems like it grows on the streets here,
there is a dispensary for every 1,000 people in Boulder,
supplying the city and CU kids with an abundance of
cheap, potent cannabis. The party life is hopping with no
shortage of parties, though you might have trouble getting in
if you're 1. a freshman and 2. male. Greek influence
is pretty average. Drinking is also fairly average. The party
life is usually strongest at the beginning and end of
the year. Come winter time, CU becomes more of a
“Get stoned, play videogames, and snowboard” school than a party
school since nobody wants to go outside and has to
wake up early to go skiing and snowboarding on.The mountains
here are also awesome if you like to ski or
snowboard. The best are at least 90 minutes away, though.
Just about everyone I know goes to the mountain with
their circle of friends on the weekends.
The humanities and
environmental studies departments are fantastic. They really want you to
learn something and succeed once you graduate. I have never
had trouble reaching my professors or getting help for classes.
Academic difficulty is slightly higher than average for a state
school, from what I know from friends from other schools
and friends who transferred here from somewhere else. There is
generally not much busy work, and I haven't felt like
any professors have graded me unfairly so far.
live in the dorms, try not to live in Williams
Village or you will have to take the bus to
campus and may end up skipping class a lot because
of it. If you can get a dorm such as
Sewall or Baker with an Residential Academic Program, do it.
Your classes are taught in your dorm with very small
class sizes compared to regular freshman intro classes. I met
my current roommates through this.