- Class: Senior
- Major: Psychology
- Gender: F
- High School: Coronado High School
- Transfer Student: N
Boulder is great if you want to go to college in a beautiful setting. The campus is absolutely gorgeous and Boulder itself is set right up against the mountains of Colorado. From Boulder it only takes about an hour and a half or so to get to the ski resorts! Boulder itself feels like a smaller college town with so many activities to do. Pearl Street and the Hill are two of the main hang out areas in Boulder. There is also the 29th st. mall with a new movie theatre, but be warned the shops there are ridiculously high ended. If you're into rock climbing the Boulder Rock Climbing Gym, The Spot, and the climbing center (cheaper) inside the CU Rec center are all great places for indoor climbing. Boulder is a happening campus with different lectures, cultural events, sports, and all other sorts of activities going on all the time. The UMC is the main student center where you can find any activity to suit your interest or start your own. You'll also be sent a ton of emails from the buff bulletin that tells everything happening with the university. Boulder is a large campus but it's easy to find your way around. One of my favorite hang out spots between classes when it's warm outside is the Norlin quad a long grassy area with tall trees and beautiful views of the Flatirons (large rocks juttin up against the mountains- Boulders pride and joy) Classes at Boulder can be very large with sometimes 500 students in one lecture hall. Once you start taking upper division classes they tend to be smaller but as a general rule expect big classes. The administration tends to be more conservative than the student body and therefore butts heads with them sometimes, (4/20 is a good example of this) but generally as a student you don't have any interaction with them. Most of my friends, myself included, have had good, helpful academic advisors within your major department. I would reccommend the psychology program at CU to anyone. Overall I would say my experience with Boulder has been great! Boulder is definately more of a social campus in the sense that while students do work, you're more likely to find them out and about than stuck in a library studying all the time. One of my favorite things about going to school in Boulder has been having the mountains so close at hand, and making friends who are active open-minded people.
I would say that the education at Boulder is more geared toward learning for its own sake but it depends which major you choose. Most of my friends in the arts and sciences majors feel that they haven't been prepared for a specific job. The school of journalism, engineers, architects, business, and those type of majors tend to prepare more for getting an actual job after graduation. Career Services is a really good resource for help with finding jobs, internships, or learning more about the process. The academics at Boulder are highly regarded by others. When I say I go to school at Boulder usually there is a favorable response. My experience with the psychology department has been positive for the most part. There were some classes I was disappointed with, that were too easy, but the majority have been challenging, engaging, and overall I have been satisfied with the education I've received at CU. Professors are usually very helpful, but it is the students responsibility to approach them. The first days of class they'll invite you to come to their office hours, and give occassional reminders throughout the semester, but it is up to you to take advantage of it. I would- it makes it much easier to get letters of recommendation later on. Also, because classes are so big this is one of the more likely ways a professor will learn your name, especially if the class is a large lecture. One of my favorite classes at CU was "Social Constructions of Sexuality" I highly suggest taking this class, and you'll hear by word of mouth the same thing, it's extremely popular, and one of the more intellectually/academically challenging courses I've taken. My least favorite class in the psychology major was "Statistics and Research Methods" but it's required so you just have to deal with it. A psychology course that was one of my best was " Psychology of Personality" with Doctor Jennifer Schwartz. She is an excellent professor that encourages class discussion, challenges us to think, and teaches in an interesting expressive way. There are other professors like this in the department, but she was one of the ones I had that was excellent. The time students spend studying depends on the major they are in and the difficulty of their courses. I have some friends in the engineering and physics departments who spend almost all of their time during the weekdays and some weekend days studying. Most of my friends in the arts and sciences majors though don't spend an overwhelming amount of time studying. There is always so much to do in Boulder that most students spend more time out enjoying Boulder. Usually it depends what kind of student you are, the academics are decently challenging but not overwhelming. In my experience it has been very easy to balance free time with academics. As a general rule, I'd say students are less competitive and more laid back in Boulder. Once again this answer could depend though on who you ask and what majors they are taking.
Boulder's student body is diverse in the sense that there are all sorts of people who have different interests. Ethnically though, the student body is not that diverse. There is some diversity but the majority of students are white. There are plenty of racial, religious, LGBT, socio-economic, and other groups of students on campus. Many students are politically aware and active. Often times there'll be groups that bring in lecturers to talk about various injustices, have organized protests, and other activism. Environmental organizations are also popular. The UMC is where many of the student groups and clubs can be found. For sports, intermurals, and fitness the Rec Center at CU is the place to go. In general most students are more liberal, but there are some conservatives as well. Overall the student body is pretty laid back. Students where whatever clothes they like to class: sweats, jeans, teeshirts, sandals, dressier clothes, anything goes... (well except nakedness)
The Best Things
Closeness to mountains, natural beauty, and social activities
The Worst Things
Not much diversity