The UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO BOULDER (commonly referred to as CU or
COLORADO) is a public research university located in Boulder, Colorado
, United States. It is the flagship university of the University of
In 2015, the university comprised nine colleges and schools and
offered over 150 academic programs and enrolled almost 33,000
students. Twelve Nobel Laureates , nine MacArthur Fellows , and 20
astronauts have been affiliated with CU Boulder as students,
researchers, or faculty members in its history. The university
received nearly $454 million in sponsored research in 2010 to fund
programs like the
Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics , and
* 1 History
* 2 Campus
* 2.1 Architecture
* 2.2 Residence halls
* 3 Academics
* 4 Campus organizations
* 4.1 The
University of Colorado Student Government
* 4.2 Chinese Students and Scholars Association
* 5 Sports, clubs, and traditions
* 5.1 Varsity athletics * 5.2 Club sports * 5.3 Mascot; spirit program * 5.4 Clubs and other organizations
* 6 Noted alumni * 7 Notable accomplishments at CU * 8 References * 9 External links
Boulder Location of the University of Colorado Boulder in Boulder .
On March 14, 1876, the
Two cities competed for the site of the University of Colorado:
Boulder and Cañon City . The consolation prize for the losing city
was to be home of the new
The cornerstone of the building that became Old Main was laid on September 20, 1875. The doors of the university opened on September 5, 1877. At the time, there were few high schools in the state that could adequately prepare students for university work, so in addition to the University, a preparatory school was formed on campus. In the fall of 1877, the student body consisted of 15 students in the college proper and 50 students in the preparatory school. There were 38 men and 27 women, and their ages ranged from 12–23 years.
World War II
The CU Boulder campus.
The main CU Boulder campus is located south of the Pearl Street Mall . It consists of academic and residential buildings as well as research facilities. The East Campus is about a quarter mile from the main campus and is composed mainly of athletic fields and research buildings. Old Main
CU Boulder's distinctive architecture style, known as _Tuscan Vernacular Revival_, was designed by architect Charles Klauder . The oldest buildings, such as Old Main (1876) and Macky Auditorium (1923), were in the Collegiate Gothic style of many East Coast schools, and Klauder's initial plans for the university's new buildings (approved in 1919) were in the same style. A month or so after approval, however, Klauder updated his design by sketching in a new wrap of rough, textured sandstone walls with sloping, multi-leveled red-tiled roofs and Indiana limestone trim. This formed the basis of a unified style which was used in the design of fifteen other buildings between 1921 and 1939.
The sandstone used in the construction of nearly all the buildings on campus was selected from a variety of front range mountain quarries. In 2011, Travel+Leisure named the Boulder campus as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States. Sewall Hall
Further information: University of Colorado Boulder student housing
Currently Freshmen and others attending the University of Colorado Boulder have an option of 24 on- and off-campus residence halls. Residence halls have 17 varieties of room types from singles to four-person rooms and others with apartment style amenities. There are several communities of residence halls located throughout the campus, and in a separate area called Williams Village which is connected to the main campus via the Buff Bus service. The University also offers Residential Academic Programs (RAPS) in many of its Residence Halls. RAPs provide students with in-dorm classes tailored to academic interests (international affairs, environmental studies, etc.).
Until 1903, the library collection was housed with the rest of the
school in Old Main. The growing size of the library required a move,
as the weight of the books was causing physical damage to the floor.
The cornerstone for the first separate library building was laid in
January 1903, and the building was opened in January 1904. When the
new Norlin Library opened in 1940, the old library turned over to the
Norlin Library was the last building to be designed by Klauder. There
are two inscriptions on the western face of the building, overlooking
the Norlin Quadrangle . Both were composed by President Norlin. The
larger inscription reads "Who knows only his own generation remains
always a child," based on a
Macky Auditorium is a large building on the north edge of the University of Colorado campus, near 17th Street and University Avenue, which plays host to various talks, plays, and musical performances. Andrew J. Macky was a prominent businessman involved with the town of Boulder in the late 19th century. Macky served as the President, as well as a stockholder of the First National Bank, an institution founded by another early CU supporter Lewis Cheney. Macky is credited with a number of landmarks throughout Boulder, where he was a carpenter and involved in politics.
The Auditorium opened its doors in 1923, thirteen years after construction started. Macky's adopted daughter, May, sued for a third of Macky's estate, a case that took thirteen years to settle. May was angered that her father left her no money in his will, while leaving $300,000 to CU for the hall's construction. The university eventually won the case, and the majority of critical construction on the building resumed.
The building has a variety of architectural elements from various buildings around the globe that President Baker, CU's president at the turn of the 20th century, admired. The design of the auditorium is primarily Neo-Gothic , with the primary materials being sandstone and red tile, like the rest of campus. The result is a unique building, with two large towers and sprawling ivy, that sets itself apart from the rest of the CU campus. Macky was refurbished in 1986, with improved seating, custom carpeting, modern plumbing and an elevator. Currently there is an electronic bell system in the towers of Macky which rings the hours during the day.
Macky is the home of two departments both in the College of Music,
UNIVERSITY MEMORIAL CENTER (UMC)
Dalton Trumbo Fountain Court behind the UMC on July 13, 2006
The 1960s and '70s put the UMC at the center of student activism as students staged strikes, grape boycotts, love-ins, sit-ins, and walk-outs. The UMC Fountain Court (now the Dalton Trumbo Fountain Court) became a familiar sight to network television news watchers as the famous and notorious promoted their cause at CU Boulder. Entertainers as diverse as Ramsey Lewis and the Grateful Dead have performed in the Glenn Miller Ballroom. The UMC Connection, a student entertainment center in the basement, is a more informal gathering place, featuring pool tables and a small bowling alley. It also features Club 156, which hosts concerts from local and up-and-coming bands. In 1986, students passed another bond issue to remodel the food-services area. The Alferd Packer Grill gets its name from Alferd Packer, a famous historical cannibal in Colorado. Many exotic meals can be found here.
CENTER FOR COMMUNITY (C4C)
The Center for Community, also known as the "C4C" by students, follows the distinct architecture guidelines of Charles Klauder and is a 323,000-square-foot (30,000 m2) state-of-the-art facility that is promised to be 20 percent to 25 percent more energy- and water-efficient compared to similar-sized buildings. The facility was completed in September 2010 at a cost of $84.4 million. The building is originally bond-financed through the CU treasurer and will be repaid through a combination of sources. A large portion of the debt, $47.4 million, will be repaid by Housing and Dining Services, through room and board fees. Fees from Permit and Parking Services will contribute as well. The Center also relies on $18 million in donations, a goal which has not been achieved, but has become a top fundraising priority for the University. The Weather Tech Cafe
The building houses offices of Student Services including Campus Card Services, Disability Services, and Career Services among others. These services have been relocated to the C4C from various locations around campus. For example, Career Services was previously housed in the basement of the Willard Dormitory. There is a 140,000-square-foot (13,000 m2) underground parking structure that contains approximately 365 to 375 parking spaces. Student study areas are located on the upper floors and conference centers are open to campus and non-campus affiliates throughout the building. The dining services offered within the C4C include a CU on the run "grab-n-go," The Bakery, a late night dining hub called the Weather Tech Café, open until 2 A.M, and finally a central dining facility. This dining facility seats 900 and offers students up to nine specialty dining choices including: Persian, Asian, Latin, Sushi, Italian, Kosher, a grill, salad bars, and desserts. Overall the Dining Center is projected to serve around one million meals per year.
In 1973 the student recreation center was built on the CU Boulder's main campus, by the architect James Wallace. The funding to build the recreation center came entirely from student fees, which also funded the expansions in 1990 and 2014. The recreation center features strength and cardio space, basketball/volleyball courts, an ice rink, lap pool, dive well, fitness studios (cycling, rowing, etc.), climbing gym, turf gym, and an iconic outdoor pool in the shape of the CU Boulder buffalo mascot. It is currently about 300,000 square feet (28,000 m2) and operates on a $5 million annual budget. The center is co-managed by the division of student affairs and CUSG, CU Boulder's student government. It is located on the northern edge of campus next to Folsom Field . It is open 7 days a week and on average 16 hours a day with most of its facilities available for use during those hours.
MARY RIPPON THEATRE
The view from the back of the Mary Rippon
The Mary Rippon
Norlin Library features two art galleries, several dedicated art spaces, and art works on display throughout the building. The CU Art Museum features cutting edge works of modern and contemporary art, as well as historical art works. The Museum's permanent collection includes over 5,000 works of art from numerous time periods and cultures. The UMC Art Gallery exhibits a variety of visual offerings ranging from student works created on campus to presentations of internationally recognized artists. Andrew J. Macky Gallery showcases the work of both local and national artists and is housed in the historic Macky Auditorium.
University of Colorado Museum of Natural History has one of the most extensive natural history collections in the Rocky Mountain and Plains regions, representing the disciplines of Anthropology, Botany, Entomology, Paleontology, and Zoology. It is located in the Henderson building, named after its first curator, Judge Junius Henderson , and hosts the Museum and Field Studies master's (MS) program. The CU Heritage Center tells the stories of CU Boulder's past and present and is housed in Old Main, the first building constructed on campus. Seven galleries exhibit art and memorabilia associated with CU faculty and alumni. The Fiske Planetarium and Science Center features a 60 ft (18 m). planetarium dome and produces laser shows, live concerts, and an ongoing series of public programs. Fiske also offers a hands-on science museum with interactive exhibits and space-themed art.
PERFORMING ARTS FACILITIES
University of Colorado Boulder College of
A new visual arts complex that houses the Department of Art and Art
History and the CU Art Museum officially opened on September 24, 2010.
The new facility houses programming in Art History, Ceramics, Drawing,
Foundations, Integrated Art, Painting, Printmaking (screen printing,
intaglio, lithography), Sculpture, and Integrated Media
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The Alliance for Technology, Learning and Society (ATLAS), established in 1997, is a University of Colorado campus-wide initiative in education, research, creative work and outreach in which information and communication technology is the enabling force. ATLAS programs bring together students, educators, artists, writers, scholars and leaders from the academy, industry, non-profits and government to create a multidisciplinary environment that contributes to the understanding of the interaction of information and communication technologies and human society, and to the realization of the full potential of that interaction.
The Hill , a college neighborhood in Boulder, Colorado, lies directly
west of the
University of Colorado campus. The central street of the
neighborhood is 13th street, which features a variety of attractions
including the renowned concert venue, The Fox
CU BOULDER COLLEGES AND SCHOOLS
School of Education
College of Media, Communication and Information
College of Music
Program in Environmental Design
University of Colorado Boulder is divided into several colleges
and schools. While the College of
University of Colorado School of
The Leeds School of Business has an enrollment of 3,300 students including undergraduates, master's candidates, and Ph.D. candidates. The undergraduate program ranks 39th in the country and the undergraduate entrepreneurship program ranks 14th in the nation. The MBA program ranks 26th among all public universities. The faculty are ranked 38th in the nation according to the Academy of Management Journal.
CU Boulder adopted an honor code in 2000 following growing concerns about academic dishonesty on campus in the late 1990s. A copy of the code stating "On my honor, as a University of Colorado Boulder student, I have neither given nor received unauthorized assistance on this work" is engraved on a metal plate and posted in every classroom on campus.
Undergraduates who seek an academic challenge may participate in CU's
Honors Program. Begun in 1931, the Honors Program currently consists
of the top ten percent of incoming freshmen and participating
undergraduates with a 3.3
One option for students (mostly freshman and sophomores) living on campus is to join a residential academic program (RAP). Each RAP focuses on a curricular theme, and offer courses in the residence hall itself. The programs also include educational activities.
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_ U.S. News & World Report _ ranked the University of Colorado Boulder tied for 92nd best among all national universities, tied for 38th among public universities in the U.S., and tied for 32nd best among all universities globally in 2017. The Center for World University Rankings ranked CU Boulder 19th among U.S. public comprehensive institutions and 63rd overall in the world in its 2014 ranking of the top 100 degree-granting institutions of higher education.
Twenty-four CU Boulder graduate school specialty programs are ranked
in the top 50 in the nation, including seven in the top 10, by _U.S.
News & World Report_ in 2016. CU Boulder’s atomic/molecular/optical
physics program holds the top spot nationally (1). Other CU Boulder
programs ranking in the top 10 are environmental law (5), ceramics
(8), quantum physics (8), geology (9), physical chemistry (9) and
aerospace engineering (8). _U.S. News 24,941 were admitted (80%).
As of 2006, there were more than 3,800 tenured or tenure-eligible
faculty members, as well as 4,400 non-tenured adjunct professors and
instructors. Current faculty include Nobel laureates David J.
Wineland (physics 2012), John Hall (physics, 2005), Eric Cornell
(physics, 2001), and
Thomas Robert Cech (chemistry, 1989). Carl Wieman
was also awarded a Nobel prize for his work with Eric Cornell. He
maintains a part-time appointment at the University of Colorado
Boulder but his primary appointment is Professor and Director of the
Carl Wieman Science
CENTER FOR ADVANCED ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION
The Center for Advanced
The CU Independent is the award-winning, student-run news publication for the University of Colorado Boulder. It has been digital-only since 2006, one of the first major college newspapers to drop its print edition. The publication has a staff of about 60 editors, reporters and photographers who are responsible for producing new content to update the website at least once a day during the fall and spring semesters. Most contributors are journalism majors, but other CU programs are represented as well. A managing editor and an editor-in-chief oversee the website. The _CU Independent_ serves as a testing pad for community news and multimedia.
1000-Word Philosophy is a philosophy blog that publishes introductory 1000-word (or less) essays on philosophical topics. Most of the authors are the students and graduates of the CU Boulder. The blog is created and edited by Andrew D. Chapman, a philosophy lecturer at this university. The essays generally include references or sources for more information.
_What’s Wrong?_ is the “not quite official” blog of the
University of Colorado, Boulder’s Center for Values and Social
Policy. It is edited by David Boonin, professor of philosophy and
Associate Dean for
CU Boulder's research mission is supported by eleven research institutes within the university. Each research institute supports faculty from multiple academic departments, allowing institutes to conduct truly multidisciplinary research.
The Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG) is a research institute within the Graduate School dedicated to conducting and facilitating research on the genetic and environmental bases of individual differences in behavior. After its founding in 1967 IBG led the resurging interest in genetic influences on behavior. IBG was the first post-world war II research institute dedicated to research in behavioral genetics . IBG remains one of the top research facilities for research in behavioral genetics , including human behavioral genetics , psychiatric genetics , quantitative genetics , statistical genetics , and animal behavioral genetics.
The Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) at CU Boulder promotes interdisciplinary research and training in cognitive science. ICS is highly interdisciplinary; its research focuses on education , language processing , emotion , and higher level cognition using experimental methods. It is home to a state of the art fMRI system used to collect neuroimaging data.
In addition to IBG and ICS, the university's other institutes are the
Alliance for Technology, Learning, & Society (ATLAS), Biofrontiers
Institute, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental
VOLUNTEER RESOURCE CENTER
The Volunteer Resource Center is a student funded organization aimed towards promoting volunteerism in the Boulder community. They provide a database with volunteer opportunities of 250 organizations around campus and in the Boulder area. The CU Boulder campus was recently one of 3 U.S. Universities to receive the Presidential Award for Exemplary Student Community Service in 2008. The Volunteer Resource Center hosts or participates in special volunteer events and activities including Alternative Breaks, Better Boulder Better World, and The Buffalo Can Challenge. The Volunteer Resource Center also a yearly Volunteer Internship Program which engages six selected students through an interview process to create events aimed at involving more freshmen in volunteering, effectively managing all logistics of the event, and implementing the events on campus.
The Panhellenic sorority community consists of nine Panhellenic sororities and two associate, local-interest, chapters. The men's fraternities at the University of Colorado are not officially affiliated with the school; however, they are still a presence on campus. Students who participate in Greek Life account for a little more than ten percent of the student body. The recruitment process consists of four datebooks, dressing from more casual to formal as the datebooks progress. First day is introduction, second day is philanthropy, third day is skit night, and the fourth day is preference night.
SPORTS, CLUBS, AND TRADITIONS
Sports teams at the school are called _Buffaloes_. The varsity
athletic teams participate in the NCAA\'s Division I (FBS for
Bowl Championship Series ) as a member of the Pac-12
Conference . The school officially joined the Pac-12 on July 1, 2011,
ending its affiliation with the
Big 12 Conference . (CU had previously
been a member of the former
Big Eight Conference , whose members had
merged with four schools of the former
In 1934, the University teams were officially nicknamed the
"Buffaloes." Previous nicknames used by the press included the "Silver
Helmets" and "Frontiersmen." The final game of 1934, against the
University of Denver
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CU's varsity teams have won national championships in skiing , men\'s cross country , women\'s cross country , and football . Conference championships have also been won in several sports. Several club sports, such as cycling, swimming & diving, and triathlon, have won national championships in addition to the varsity teams.
In football, CU enjoys an in-state rivalry with the
The CU ski team has won 20 National Championships at the Division I level. The sport is not sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, however (nor was it sponsored by the Big 12).
CU also maintains one of the largest Club Sports departments in the U.S. It supports over 30 club teams with leading clubs such as both men's and women's water polo , crew , cycling , Ultimate , swimming SPIRIT PROGRAM
CU also includes a spirit program. The spirit program consists of three teams: two Cheerleading squads, and the CU Express Dance Team. The Cheerleading Program consists of a competitive co-ed squad as well as a competitive all-girl squad. Both the Cheerleading squad and the Express Dance Team compete at NCA/NDA College Nationals. In 2007, the Cheerleading squad finished sixth at NCA Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida . All squads support the home games of football , Women's Basketball, Men's Basketball and Women's Volleyball teams, along with other athletic and social events.
The school's live mascot is an
American Bison named
CLUBS AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
CU Boulder offers a variety of political student organizations which
cover the full spectrum of politics. Among them are Amnesty
International, which focuses on human rights worldwide, as well as the
College Democrats and the College Republicans. The University of
Main article: List of University of Colorado Boulder alumni
University of Colorado Boulder ranks fourth among U.S.
universities in number of astronauts produced, not including military
academies. In addition, the
University of Colorado Boulder has
graduated two Heads of State - Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin
Elbegdorj , and Liberian President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT CU
* First to create a new form of matter, the Bose–Einstein
condensate , just a few hundred billionths of a degree above absolute
* First to observe a "fermionic condensate" formed from pairs of
atoms in a gas.
* Developed the "FluChip" to aid physicians in diagnosing
respiratory illness and differentiating between three types of
influenza and other viruses that cause similar symptoms.
* First place in the 2002 and 2005 U.S. Department of Energy Solar
Decathlon . At these first two
Solar Decathlon competitions, students
and faculty from the
* ^ As of June 30, 2016. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by
Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Endowment Market Value and Change in Endowment
Market Value from FY 2015 to FY 2016" (PDF). National Association of
College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute.
* ^ "At A Glance".
University of Colorado Boulder. Retrieved
* ^ _A_ _B_ "Common Data Set 2015-2016, Part B". University of