University of Colorado, Boulder

The incredibly beautiful campus of the University of Colorado Boulder, just 45 minutes from the Denver airport, sits surrounded by the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Boulder is considered by many as one of the best places to live in the U.S. with a lively downtown and tons of hiking and biking trails. Aspen, Cooper Mountain and Vail are just a few hours away, offering endless skiing opportunities all winter long.


Stay: St. Julien |  Breakfast: The Buff

Lunch: Oak  | Dinner:  Rioja

Visitor Information: Tour Boulder

Stay: The St. Julien Hotel and Spa is centrally located in downtown Boulder, with gorgeous views of the Flatiron Mountains. If you are making a weekend out of your stay, consider a visit to the spa, named one of Conde Nast Traveler's Top 75 Spas.

Coffee: Ozo Coffee, located right on Pearl Street, is everyone’s favorite for the best coffee in Boulder hands down.

Breakfast: The Buff is a family owned Boulder institution. Enjoy a beignet and a creole breakfast at Lucile's residing in a small Victorian house. Snooze is super popular, be prepared for a wait at busy times. Tangerine focuses on farm fresh food. Order the banana chai smoothie or one of the egg dishes that cover an entire menu page!

Lunch: Oak is a great choice for either lunch or dinner. It’s got a great vibe along with stellar cocktails and a seasonally inspired menu. The  Kitchen Next Door serves locally sourced food in a casual, pub like atmosphere.  From the team behind Frasca, Pizzeria Locale is the place for delicious contemporary style wood oven pizza.



Casual: Winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, Hosea Rosenberg, is the man behind Blackberry Market, a favorite farm to table restaurant. In warmer weather, it’s lovely to dine on the outdoor patio.  Head to Riffs for a casual atmosphere, attentive service, and a creative American menu. Centro has great tasting Mexican fare and delicious margaritas.


A Step Up: The Kitchen calls itself a “community bistro”, an apt description as its one of Boulder’s most popular restaurants—on everyone’s top restaurant lists. Frasca offers a fine dining experience, specializing in the food from the northeast of Italy.  James Beard award winner, Jennifer Jasinski helms the kitchen at Rioja, serving Mediterranean style food in a pretty space featuring an exhibition kitchen.

Local Attractions: On Saturdays, there is a great farmer's market right on Pearl Street. Spend some time wandering and shopping the Pearl Street Mall. Go for a hike on Chautauqua Mountain, bring your camera for some gorgeous shots. For more things to do in Boulder see our Daytripper itinerary here.

— Quotes From Campus —

Boulder is a little slice of heaven! It has the most amazing food in the world and the most breathtaking views. Arguably the best college town in the country! We have school spirit and some of the best ski mountains you could ask for. All of my best friends are from ALL over the country, you have an amazing mix of people. It really is the happiest place in the world! The weather is outstanding we have 300 days of sunshine.
— Alyssa
Boulder is by far the best college I applied to and visited! YOU HAVE TO GO HERE. GO BUFFS!
— Conner





Ralphie the Buffalo and Chip

School Colors

Black & Blue

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Rolling, Early Action


Average - 1270


Average - 27




Big - 25,660 Undergraduates




Admissions Office

Regent Administrative Center 125 University of Colorado, 552 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0552

(p) (303) 492-6301
(f) (303) 735-2501

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division I

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Robert Redford


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