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My daughter, 17, in her infinite wisdom and love for the Rockies has decided to throw a couple of Colorado colleges in the mix for her college road tour. She is planning on an engineering major (god knows where she gets that from) and has U Co @ Boulder on her list and maybe the Colorado School of Mines.

Are there any other Co. Colleges that have engineering programs?

Now the important question, we are planning on going the first full week of Dec. We will fly into Denver on Thurs and Thurs and Friday will be for the halls of learning and Saturday and Sunday will be for the mountains. I think that A-Basin and Loveland are the 2 ski areas that are most convenient. Would it be worthwhile to head to Vail or somewhere else for 2 days. Or will A-Basin and Loveland do the trick. She's a better skier than I am, and I'm an advanced intermediate.

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Sorry I don't have time to make a long post about CU but I'm copying what I wrote about it earlier...gotta get up at 4am tommorow.

Feel free to shoot me an email and I can answer any questions you might have.

I highly recommend the University of Colorado at Boulder. I'm slightly biased since I graduated there in May, but having spent my last four years there, I completely fell in love with the state and town. I've had to move away since I joined the army and have been gone for nearly 3 months and am already trying to figure out how I can get back.

CU is within about 1.5 hours of Keystone, Winter Park/Marjane, Loveland(which is a bit closer), Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, and Arapahoe Basin. It's 2 hours to Vail and 4 hours from Aspen. In my 4 years I managed to ski all of those mountains...there's great deals on season passes for students, $175 to Copper/Winter Park, and $350 for Keystone/ABasin/Breckenridge +10 days to Vail/Beaver Creek.

The school itself is right next to the foothills of the mountains and the campus is gorgeous. It has a very liberal student population, but you can walk any line you want to there(I'm a conservative military guy myself and loved it). It's only 40 minutes from downtown Denver. The student population is incredibly involved in outdoor sports like rock climbing, skiing/boarding, running, you name it. There's a reason why Outside magazine recently labeled Boulder as the #1 outside town to live in.

Going to school there was one of the best choices I've ever made.
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I forgot to mention the physics department earned 3 nobel prizes in the last 4 years, and the great engineering and business programs. It also sees 300 days of sunshine a year.
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Thanks for the reply. Your list of ski areas certainly adds potential to the trip.

My daughter spent 5 summers in camp in the rockies and many vacations in the San Juans so I think she'll love Boulder.

Good luck in the service and if the ski gods smile on you, maybe you'll be stationed in Bavaria.
post #4 of 14
I dont' think Vail will be worth it that early, but if we get a lot of snow it should be OK. Keystone or Breck would be worth a trip if you want to ski a larger area than Loveland or AB.
post #5 of 14
CSU also has a good engineering program.

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Info from a relative and CO native who I just asked same question: Regis is I believe is the only Catholic college in Colorado and a good school. There are many other good colleges that are within driving distance of the ski areas. Colorado College is a private college in Colorado Springs, very good and expensive. Colorado College is smaller and their schedules are different than traditional colleges. DU is in the Denver area, again private, very good for business and expensive. CU is in Boulder, expensive if you are out of state, controversial with the athletic scandals and the Churchill scandal, but still a very good school. CSU is known to be an agricultural school and a great veterinary school. There are many other colleges in Colorado to choose from depending on your child's interests, and depending on whether you want small or large. Colorado is a great state in general, great climate, seasons and friendly.
post #7 of 14
Eldora is actually the closest mountain to Boulder, 40-50 minutes depending on the condition of the Shelf Road (almost always good).

Amost 26 years in Boulder, I love living here, but I came right after graduating from a college in PA, so...sorry, can't really talk about the academics around here.
post #8 of 14
Look up Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado. If your daughter gets through the program she will make much better $$$ vs. the Sheepskin from CU.
Smaller School & a better education @ Shool of Mines.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Vertical View Post
Look up Colorado School of Mines, Golden Colorado. If your daughter gets through the program she will make much better $$$ vs. the Sheepskin from CU.
Smaller School & a better education @ Shool of Mines.
That's a very stupid statement. It all depends on what you major in, what you want to do, and how you go about it. I'm sure there are plenty from both schools making lots of money.

However, if you want any kind of social life, you probably won't want to go to the School of Mines. (and no, I didn't go to either school)
post #10 of 14
My son is also looking at schools now too. We are also under the belief that a smaller school is better. Most of the schools on our short list have less than 2K on campus (RIT is the other).
post #11 of 14

Colorado college

My daughter just graduated from Colorado college with a geology degree. Their geology program is very good, and well funded. the block schedule (on class at a time for 3 1/2 weeks each) lends itself to geology field work.

Yes, it is expensive, and there is a large preppy contingent, but the education appeared to be first rate.
post #12 of 14
CC is a first rate liberal arts school. Very prestigious, very expensive, and very difficult to get into. However, if your daughter is really interested in engineering, she'd do better to think of one of the other schools. Mines most likely number 1, then a toss up between CU and CSU depending on the department.

You might also consider the University of Wyoming in Laramie which has several advantages over the CO schools. It is smaller (8k students), has some very good engineering programs, and also has a rich state that is pooring tons of money into the University. CU, CSU, and Mines are all strugling with funding.

I do live in boulder and am a proud graduate of Wyoming.

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Great town, good engineering school, fun's the town 28 miles from reality
post #14 of 14
I'll throw in my CC input. I just graduated from there in May, and now I work there (here). While we don't have an engineering program, it's a great school if you don't really know what you want to do. It is getting more selective every year, and tuition is pretty high (thank you financial aid!), but the education is great, the block plan is incredible, and the location is pretty sweet too. It's close enough to the mountains where it's easy to get a day trip in, go up for the weekend, or for an entire block break, but it's far enough where there has to be a lot of snow to skip class. Good or bad, that's your call as the parent .
If you have any questions about CC, I'd be more than happy to help out. I used to work for the Admission office, so I know all those fancy numbers.
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