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University of Colorado Boulder-Out of State

RealityCheck13RealityCheck13 17 replies5 threads Junior Member
Does anyone have experience sending their son or daughter to CU Boulder from out of state (OOS) or perhaps being an OOS student themselves?

I know the school has a lot to offer academically, so my inquiry is not meant to be an indictment on the school or student body as a whole. However, the school does seem to get a bad rap as a "consolation prize" for kids from California who could not get into the UC schools or for kids from Texas who could not get into Texas A&M or UT Austin.

There are not many campuses around the country that can offer the beauty and locale of CU, but I am concerned about the overall campus vibe. I know most schools could be classified as a "party" school in some form or fashion, but a lot of reviews I read seem to imply that the social scene at CU is driven by the not-so-serious student who is just there to party and ski for 4+ years on Daddy's credit card.

I appreciate any input and guidance.
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  • NJdad07090NJdad07090 251 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Your still in the UMinn section.
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  • eastbayrenteastbayrent 34 replies0 threads Junior Member
    My second son just accepted his offer of admission for the class of 2024. My older son in a junior and we do not consider it a consolation prize. We are out of state and my older son was accepted to UC Berkeley, UCSD, UCSB, UC Davis and Cal Poly Engineering among others. My younger son turned down Cal Poly and schools in Oregon offering significant merit packages. It’s really about finding your people. CU is a Tier 1 university in a beautiful setting. They have done a good job of making a large campus feel small through RAPs and LLCs. Many courses are taught in freshman dorms if the student is in a RAP. Do not be fooled by the party school rep. CU is is full of extremely smart, motivated kids and those that don’t stay on Top of their work quickly find themselves in academic trouble. There is definitely an active social/party scene, but that doesn’t take away from the intellect of the students. Happy to answer any other questions - we are out of state from California
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