University and Location
The University of Colorado at Boulder is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Since its founding in 1876, the Boulder campus has grown to approximately 30,000 students, 5,100 of whom are graduate students. The campus offers courses in 150 fields of study with approximately 78 bachelor's, 56 master's, and 53 doctoral degree programs available within 10 colleges and schools. The University of Colorado system is among the leading public universities in the country in obtaining Federal research support. Research activity is also supported by appropriations from the state of Colorado, private foundations, and private donors.
At an elevation of 5,430 feet, the city of Boulder (population 101,808) is characterized by mild winters and sunny, dry summers, a beautiful natural environment, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. Boulder's commitment to being a pleasant, well-planned community attracts a variety of individuals to the area. The city is a center of high technology enterprise and cultural activity and is a year-round haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Boulder's mountain parks (over 27,000 acres) provide instant access to hiking trails and areas for cross-country skiing, rock climbing, bicycling, kayaking, and wildlife observation. There are 10 downhill ski areas within 110 miles of campus, including some of the world's best. Rocky Mountain National Park is only 40 miles from Boulder, and the Indian Peaks wilderness area is even closer. There are many outdoor festivals and sporting events, including annual bicycle races, foot races (the Bolder Boulder 10K), and the Kinetics Race of bizarre land/water vehicle.
Besides the university, Boulder is home to several national laboratories, including the High Altitude Observatory (HAO), the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), as well as many major scientific companies, including a number of independent computer and biotechnology firms. Boulder's location 25 miles northwest of Denver (the capital of Colorado) affords access to a wide range of activities, including excellent museums, fine shopping, major musical performances and theater, and a convenient international airport. In Boulder there are summer music festivals, with a multitude of classical, jazz, and folk music performances, and an internationally acclaimed summer repertory Shakespeare festival.