University of Colorado Boulder Reviews

3.72 out of 5 stars
(60 Reviews)
  • Boulder (CO)
  • Annual Tuition: $37,286
94% of 60 students said this degree improved their career prospects
92% of 60 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Natalia - 7/27/2015
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kristin - 7/20/2015
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
3.7 out of 5 stars
cheezburger - 7/20/2015
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
AMW - 7/13/2015
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2007
"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."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Physics grad 2015 - 6/11/2015
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
speech pathology grad 2010 - 5/29/2015
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Kegan - 8/25/2014
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2010
"The journalism school eventually lost its accreditation, but luckily I got out before that happened. CU is a for-profit school, and it shows. The TAM program is the only saving grace. It gave my pathetic Journalism degree the boost it needed to actually help get me a job in my field. Thanks TAM!"
2.5 out of 5 stars
Greta M - 8/6/2014
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013
"I like Boulder and what it has to offer. It is an energetic city with plenty of things to do- hiking, camping, anything active, great breweries, music options...beautiful! My academic experience, however, was not what I expected, wanted, or needed. The classes were too big (had many 400 person classes) and the professors were really hit or miss. CU did offer a variety of classes and interesting options, but unless you were lucky or got to register early you weren't able to get in. Overall, I feel like the school didn't really help its students. I struggled in almost every area- concerning finances, academics, living situations, general concerns-and would not feel supported or helped at all. Especially being in state and needing a lot of financial aid, it was frustrating not having people that cared. I truly value education, but really developed no desire to go to class (I still did). CU is extremely over priced with not a lot to show. It is the most beautiful campus in the nation-is that where our money is going? Somehow, it was "voted" yes to construct a buffalo shaped pool, and upgrade the rec center once again. Completely unnecessary, I paid for it, and wasn't able to use it since I graduated the year after it was all finished. I was really excited for CU. It seemed promising. Not all of my college career was bad, I met amazing people and had fun, also learned about myself and grew up. With 30,000 people at your school, you kind of learn to swim. But it was too big, and I got too lost. There were some really low points. If you want an active, thriving environment, then go for CU. If you are into too much Greek life and creepy/ gross fraternity parties, then boulder is your place. I know people that had positive experiences too, so as everything it is subjective. But I would do it all differently. As a city I love boulder and its down to earth with great people. Also pretty yuppy people with lots of money and very particular needs concerning diet this, gluten free that, organic everything, and they look down at you if you're not (and can't afford it) I am all for good health too, but boulder is extreme. It is its own bubble! Interesting, not as diverse and excepting as people think. Great beer."
3.3 out of 5 stars
KR - 8/6/2014
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2014
"As with any big university you get lost in a lot of classes - too big for the professors to care to know your name. But once you get deeper into your field they get weeded down and you get to know your professors well and students too! Everyone is very nice, laid back and understanding. CU often has a bad wrap for being a "party" school, but the truth is there are hundreds of highly intelligent people on campus. Variety is good :)"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lisa Cole - 8/28/2013
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 1986
"AS a journalism major I really learned how to write clearly and succinctly which really helped when I went to law school. While I never actually worked professionally as a journalist, the skills I learned and practiced in college perfected my writing for law school, and ultimately in my practice of law. I'm currently a high school English teacher that teaches writing skills, so it had an obvious impact in that way."
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