There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the right college or university for you. Not only do they have to have the right academic programs available, but the location needs to be to your liking and the culture needs to fit with your personal style and hobbies. There are plenty of schools to choose from throughout the state. Here is some information that will give you just a taste of what a few of the best schools in Colorado have to offer:
Colorado School of Mines
For the serious student looking for an environment ideal to cultivate their skills and use them in practical ways, the Colorado School of Mines can be a great choice. With less than 7,200 students enrolled last year, this is a small college that presents great options, especially for those engaged in STEM. The college is perfect for those wanting to be scientists, engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists and more. Besides world class faculty, they have programs that let students get real world experience through tackling important problems and working in a team setting. There are also more the 200 student organizations, sports teams and everything you would expect from a college experience. The school is located in Golden, which is 15 minutes from Denver, allowing easy access to big city life while being immersed in nature within the Rocky Mountains, complete with fun activities like hiking, tubing and visiting nearby restaurants and shops, as well as Coors Brewery. For more information, visit www.mines.edu.
The University of Colorado – Boulder
The Italian architecture at The University of Colorado-Boulder campus will draw you in and the college life here will make you want to stay. There is plenty to do socially and the academics are top notch. After all, they boast five Nobel laureates, nine MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellows, two U.S. Professors of the Year, five National Medal of Science winners, as well as more than 30 Grammy awards and nominations. The university is known for its dedication to research, with an emphasis on aerospace, science and more. It is one of only 36 U.S. public research institutions in the Association of American Universities. They also focus on climate, energy and sustainability. But it isn’t just about hitting the books; they have a strong sports program, active clubs, fraternities and sororities. When not on campus, a short walk to the Hill or Pearl Street offers restaurant, coffee shops and more. Students can also go hiking in places like Chautauqua or take a drive up in the mountains and hit the slopes. For more information, visit www.colorado.edu.
Founded in 1874, this private college in Colorado Springs is listed as very selective when it comes to admissions. Perhaps its popularity comes from their unique “block program.” Instead of students taking many classes at once, they focus on one at a time, each lasting three and a half weeks for three hours each day. There are four blocks a semester, eight blocks per year. There is a focus on hands-on fieldwork, independent research and plenty of in-class discussion. Students really get to know each other and their professors as classes are kept small. The college is ranked as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States. Students will find sports a welcome extracurricular activity, as well as hiking, biking, kayaking, ice climbing and more. The Outdoor Recreation Committee leads backpacking excursions and skiing trips. For more information, visit www.coloradocollege.edu.
Colorado State University
If you like the outdoors, another great selection is the Colorado State University. It is located in Ft. Collins, the fourth largest city in the state, and is only 65 miles away from the capitol – Denver. There are more than 285 miles of bike routes and trails and places to do everything from fishing to white water rafting. The quaint Old Town here was actually the model for Disneyland’s Main Street USA. One of the big attractions in Ft. Collins are the popular microbreweries, which were in place long before the more recent trend toward craft beer. This University has plenty to offer, including almost 300 academic programs to choose with a wide range of fields of study. The sports program is strong and there are more than 500 student organizations available. They also have a great student recreation center. For more information, visit https://learn.csuglobal.edu.