- Class: Freshman
- Major: Engineering
- Gender: M
- High School: Miramonte High
- Transfer Student: N
CU boulder is a large and active campus. Many students come here for the Rockiy Mountains; skiing, biking, camping, etc. Many come here for the laid back, liberal atmosphere. It is a large school, so finding a group or club is essential to meeting people and "finding your place". The town of Boulder is large, has everything you could need in terms of shopping and entertainment. It is considered a suburb of Denver, but it's its own city too. When I tell people I go to Boulder, their immediate response is "oh, so you have a good time there right?" and yes, we have fun, but as an engineer, I am confident and proud of the work and my courseload.
This campus has a very positive academic environment, especially if you apply yourself. Engineers tend to study more than Arts and Sciences majors, that's just the way it goes. It's not really competitive. In engineering, we all have a common bond of studying, and I can always find someone who wants to do hw or study for a test together. It's kind of like "we're all in this together, let's help each other out." copying is looked down upon, mainly because that would only help you for one semester, or until that smart guy is not in your class anymore. This university is large enough that very few students actually take ALL the same courses in the samwe order; there is enough variety of courses and diversity of students that everyone does their own thing.
Boulder is large enough that there is something for everyone. All different religious groups, ethnic groups (academic and social), fraternities and sororities. I would find it hard to believe if someone felt out of place here. Many students come from the Denver/Boulder area (obviously), but I think more upper-middle class students attend here than say Colorado State in Fort Collins. Many students come from California (like me), more from the southern portion, LA and San Diego areas. Many also come from the east coast. Fewer from the midwest/southern states. Boulder is a very politically active campus. The city is known as liberal; Boulder used to be a huge hippie twon in the 70s, you can imagine. But not quite like Berkeley, CA.
The Best Things
beautiful, ideal location for anyting and everything
The Worst Things
tuition inconsistencies over the past few years, especially for out-of-state students