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The campus is beautiful and people who are from Colorado know that DU is for serious students. The school is definitely small, everyone knows your business and you know everyone's business. The campus is obviously not the main part of Denver, there is a whole city right next to you-- but you can feel as secluded from the rest of the world as you want. Our hockey games are a big deal (however, the fan section has earned a bad rep from drunken, rude students).
DU is a monument to upper middle class white privilege
It is just the right size. I like that there are an even number of grad students and undergrads. Denver is the best city ever. DU is in such a nice area and downtown and mountains are really close. I live off campus but I spend most of my time in the campus area because it has everything you would need. The filthy rich students who have to flaunt it every chance they get really get on my nerves. There are lots of them, but there are plenty of "real" people as well.
Far and away, DU has one of the most beautiful campuses I've seen. It's even a certified arboretum. The size is pretty good. It's small enough that you'll get a good deal of individual attention, and professors will most often know you. However, it's also large enough to have access to many of the resources that larger colleges get. If you're into any sort of performing arts, the Newman Center offers some fantastic facilities. Du is also only a few minutes away from Downtown Denver, which is brimming with cultural activities--art, music, theatre, and so on. Studying abroad is huge for DU students. Roughly 70% of our undergrads go abroad at some point, and thanks to the Cherrington Global Scholars program, it doesn't cost anything more than studying at DU. The one main complaint is that school spirit is rather low, but we expect this to be remedied with the return of our old mascot, Boone, who was retired in 1999.
DU is the perfect school! great size, great sports programs, smart kids. One thing I would change is the length of winter break... six weeks seems too long. People are generally very impressed when I tell them I go here. I spend most of my time in the dorm room or outside, however classes and the library are important too. This is definately a small college town - everything you need is close by, or you can go downtown or to the mountains anytime with ease to get away. I love the administration here, they are very smart and take time to get to know their students. The biggest controversy has been the Norovirus. There is alot of school pride - especially for hockey!!! Something I will always remember is camping out for hockey tickets and rush. Most frequent complaints are probably the bipolar weather and and the size of the dorms.
Honestly, I couldn't see myself anywhere else but DU. I feel like the class sizes are just right and there is always something to be involved in. I spend most of my time around campus, usually studying, playing sports or hanging out with my friends. There are lots of great places to go that are really accessible from campus. Some of my favorite times have been at the varsity hockey games. Everyone gets rowdy and it's a great time!
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