Student Life



Living and Learning—A Total Student Experience

At CU Boulder, we offer a variety of programs, services and opportunities to help ease the transition to college life and get our incoming students on the road to success.

New Student & Family Programs

New Student & Family Programs works with students from the time they decide to attend CU Boulder through the first weeks on campus. To ensure a successful transition, incoming students must complete our online orientation to learn about advising, enrolling in classes, campus resources and life as a Buff. Students may also attend optional New Student Welcome Days throughout the summer.

Fall Welcome

Every August we welcome incoming students with several weeks of events including academic meetings, social gatherings, free food and much more. Fall Welcome features Convocation, Taste of CU, Connect @ the Rec, the UMC Fall Fest and the outdoor WelcomeFest Concert. All events are free for CU students and offer incoming students a variety of ways to connect with each other and begin engaging with the larger CU Boulder community.

Staying Connected With Campus Life

CU Boulder has hundreds of academic, political, social, religious and recreational activities that take place throughout the year. Whether students are looking for activities that emphasize ethnic or cultural heritage, Greek Life, political involvement, environmental issues or school spirit, there’s something for everyone.


The Center for Student Involvement, located on the third floor of the University Memorial Center, seeks to cultivate an environment for building vibrant, engaging and safe communities through programming, leadership development, cultural awareness and student learning opportunities. It serves as a one-stop shop for all involvement needs, from getting involved in student organizations to finding ways to grow and develop as a leader to planning and hosting campus events.


Join The Herd, the student alumni association, and be part of one of the largest and most active organizations on campus. The Herd coordinates some of CU Boulder’s favorite traditions including the Nearly Naked Mile—the largest student clothing drive at CU, the St. Baldrick’s Day fundraiser for youth cancer survivors, and CU football pregame events. All members receive Herd gear to wear proudly across campus as well as discounts at several Boulder restaurants and retail stores. With more than 5,000 student members, The Herd provides CU students with positive memories of CU and an immediate peer community that promotes inclusiveness, camaraderie and Buff pride. For more information visit or email

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Student talking to CU police

Diversity and Inclusion

CU Boulder embraces the involvement of every student, staff and faculty member, recognizing that a truly diverse community includes people from a range of ethnic, regional, cultural, economic and religious backgrounds—as well as first-generation students, people with disabilities, students who are parents, people of different sexual and gender orientations, people of different ages and political viewpoints, and many others. For more information, please contact the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement at 303-735-1332 or

On-Campus Housing

Residence halls at CU Boulder strive to provide a lot more than just a place for students to live. Through staff support, social activities and academic and interest-based programs, we offer an enhanced residential experience that will help students both build a strong community and meet their personal academic goals. For more information about on-campus housing, please visit

Safety First

A primary goal of the university is to promote a safe, secure and comfortable living environment for our students. Comprehensive information on overall campus safety programs and emergency services is available at