University of Colorado Boulder Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (44)
I wish I had taken on an academic minor in addition to my BA in music, I felt intimidated by the number of intro-level academic courses I had to catch up on as an upperclassman to earn a BA rather than a BM in music.
It was a lot of work. Engineering majors are more different than I thought as a freshman and I wish I'd have waited a year to pick my major. I didn't party much, which I didn't miss.
Amazing faculty, facilities and grounds. Class sizes for some of the core undergraduate engineering classes were a little too big. Overall a great experience.
Studying physical geography and Geology at CU (not UC- that is California) was the most amazing experience and best decision of my life. I had brilliant professors who inspired and encouraged me. Due to the location of the campus, many of the classes had a field component. Instead of looking at slides of glacial formations, we got in a van, drove into the mountains and hiked around as we learned how the topography formed. When studying soils we headed East of 15 min, to the high plains. The social life is amazing. Many of my best friends are people I met in my Freshman dorm. CU is very big, so whatever crowd you are looking for, you will find it. Class size for freshman courses can be 100 to 600 students (Chemistry Room 140), so you can blend in if you want. You can also stand out and have your professors and TAs know you by name, you just need to reach out and introduce yourself during Office Hours. The social and academic opportunities are endless!
Academics: The biology department at this school is pretty good; the instructors/researchers are for the most part cooperative with each other and with students. TA's from the biology department were excellent. I hated living in Boulder (a very crowded small city with high strung people), but the biology department and the setting of the city kept me there for nearly 5 years.
I love CU Boulder! There are so many creative people. The advertising and technology, arts, & media programs are phenomenal. The professors are extremely knowledgeable and fun.
Although it is known as a party school, CU can be a great place to get a degree if you try hard, stay focused, and get to know your professors. The languages department had some great professors who have been at CU for a long time. There were good extracurricular activities such as movie nights and language conversation tables. Boulder is a fantastic place to live, especially if you love the outdoors. Unfortunately rent is very expensive.
Best college experience. I transferred after a year at another out of state school, and hands down CU was the best place to be. The classes are academically challenging and the environment is unbeatable. There's such an environment of unity at this school.
CU's Physics department has a strong research focus. This means professors tend to be up-to-date on current research, and will often mentor undergraduate researchers. On the other hand, many of the professors do not want to teach, but are forced to in order to continue their research. As a final note, the Physics Education Research group works to improve course quality, and is generally successful.
I feel it was a very good program that prepared me well. It also has good name recognition and is well-respected in our field.