Visitor's Guide

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Welcome to the University of Colorado Boulder,

a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As the flagship university of the state of Colorado, our goal is to inspire every member of our community to reach their full potential through an extraordinary range of globally recognized academic, research and service opportunities. We’ve come a long way since our doors opened to 44 students in 1877. Today, with more than 30,000 enrolled students, we have the highest four-year graduation rate for Colorado public universities. In August 2015 Forbes ranked us one of the top 20 most entrepreneurial research universities in the nation; USA Today and The Princeton Review have ranked us a Best Value public university every year since 2009; and we are one of only 34 U.S. public institutions—and the only one in the Rocky Mountain region—belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities.

This guide will help you get to know our campus, culture, history, achievements and community—in­­cluding information about the city of Boulder and the surrounding area. Thank you for visiting the University of Colorado Boulder. We hope you enjoy your stay!


  • The University of Colorado Boulder Campus Visitor’s Guide is written and designed by CU-Boulder’s Office of Strategic Relations, 3100 Marine Street, Boulder, CO 80309-0584, and published by Campus Publishers, 2465 Central Avenue, #203, Boulder, CO 80301.
  • Copyright 2015. All rights reserved. Material contained herein may not be reproduced without written consent from the University of Colorado Boulder and Campus Publishers. Every attempt has been made for accuracy in the resource material printed in this magazine. If there is an error or omission in editorial content, contact the Office of Strategic Relations, 303-735-1179. For errors or omissions in advertising content, contact Campus Publishers, 303-544-1198.