University of Colorado - Boulder
In 1875, Colorado citizens laid the cornerstone for the university's first building, Old Main, and officially founded CU in 1876, the same year Colorado joined the union. The university opened its doors the following year with 44 students, a president, and one instructor. Today, the University of Colorado is a four-campus system that includes the University of Colorado Boulder, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
With an enrolment of more than 32,000 students, the University of Colorado Boulder is the largest of the four-campus University of Colorado system. The student population comes from every state in the nation and from more than 130 foreign countries. Many different ethnic, religious, academic and social backgrounds are represented, fostering the development of a multicultural academic community that enriches each student's educational experience. The University of Colorado Boulder has more than 1,204 tenured and tenure-track faculty, with 100 per cent holding doctorates or appropriate terminal degrees.
The Boulder campus offers approximately 4,000 different courses in more than 110 distinct fields of study and 235 degree programs across the baccalaureate, master's, doctoral and professional levels. These courses represent a full range of disciplines in the humanities, the social sciences, the physical and biological sciences, the fine and performing arts, and the professions. CU Boulder remains the number one public university recipient of NASA research awards, and continues to be a national leader in aerospace and space research. CU Boulder is 45 minutes from the aiport by car or an hour via the SkyRide bus service. CU Boulder is 30 minutes from downtown Denver, one hour from Fort Collins and Greeley, one hour and 45 minutes from Colorado Springs, five hours from Grand Junction, and one hour from DIA.
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