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At the base of the Rocky Mountains in one of the nation’s top college towns, the University of Colorado-Boulder is a popular school for outdoor enthusiasts. When they’re not skiing, snowboarding, hiking, climbing or biking, UC Boulder’s 30,000 undergraduate students are pursuing 166 fields of study, engaging with more than 550 clubs and student organizations, and enjoying the area’s famed, near-constant sunshine. Here are a few more things that make UC Boulder stand out!

Robust aerospace engineering. UC Boulder receives more research funding from NASA than any other public university, and students flock to its highly competitive and hands-on aerospace engineering program. Colorado offers the country’s second-largest aerospace economy, so students graduate into plentiful local opportunities.

Residential academic programs. Despite the large size of its campus and student population, Boulder has designed ways to help students find smaller communities. For example, they offer 12 residential academic programs focused around academic themes from the arts to pre-health. Students live and take some courses together, as well as engaging in co-curricular activities that reflect the theme. There are also 12 traditional dorms. 

Exploratory studies. Students who haven’t yet decided on a major can start in the Exploratiry Studies program for their first year. The program is specifically designed

Competitive club sports. UC Boulder athletics teams compete in the D1 PAC-12 Conference, but if you want to do more than cheer, try one of the 30 club sports, which are competitive and boast regular national titles.

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