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Spotlight: University of Colorado at Boulder

Posted by on Feb 28, 2012 in Colleges & Visits | 0 comments

Spotlight: University of Colorado at Boulder

This fall I had the opportunity to tour the University of Colorado, Boulder and attend a football game. Boulder is a national research university in one of the most beautiful settings I have encountered. The students are very outgoing and spirited. To top it all off, the campus and surrounding area have over 80 miles of walking and biking paths, 50% of the students ski and snowboard and the town of Boulder is one of the best college towns in America. Below are the most interesting things I learned about Boulder on my visit.

  • There are many different honors programs including the Kittredge Honors Program and Engineering Honors Program. The General Honors Program is offered to the top 10% of applications- last year average GPA of 3.8, 1300 on Math and Verbal and 29 on the ACT.
  • Boulder has incredibly strong programs in business, science, engineering and digital arts. Some interesting majors are : Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, Integrative Physiology, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Speech, Language and the Hearing Sciences, Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, and a minor in Technology, Arts and Media. It is possible for students to change schools and majors once on campus. All students can apply to participate in UROP (undergraduate research opportunities) which provides funding to undergraduate students to conduct their own research.
  • 95% of Boulder students are employed or in grad school 6 months after graduation. Boulder also has many famous alumni like the Co-founder of Apple products and the founder of Crocs.
  • Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek teaches underclassmen physics for non-physics majors and Boulder has sent more people into space than any other university.
  • Boulder students are very engaged in community service. Students can participate in programs like Puksta Scholars, INVST Community Studies and my personal favorite the Public Interest Internship Experience where students investigate ways to solve community problems.
  • This year’s Incoming class has 5,600 and with 45% of students from out of state. Besides Colorado, a large number of students come from California, Illinois, Texas and New York. One of the major complaints about Boulder for CA students in the cost, but Boulder is trying very hard to increase the amount of merit aid to students. They have a Chancellor’s Achievement Award of $20,000 over 4 years for the top 25% of applicants and a President’s Scholarship of $55,000 that is offered to the top 1-3% of applicants.

I have tons of interesting material from Boulder in my office, as well as the IB/AP Equivalency Chart if you want to know how your hard work is transformed into college credit. All you have to do is ask!

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