Getting Involved

CU-Boulder has hundreds of on-campus activities you can take part in, including more than 300 academic, political, social, religious and recreational organizations and clubs. These groups give you a chance to find your place at CU-Boulder by exploring your interests, meeting new people and making connections for your career.

The wealth of campus-affiliated events brings a unique opportunity for CU-Boulder to have a central listing of events while also providing campus organizations the ability to customize and control the design of their unique calendars. The University of Colorado Boulder Events Calendar is a service of CU-Boulder Strategic Relations and the Office of Information Technology. View the university events calendar at: www.colorado.edu/events.

  • Program Council: provides affordable, high quality entertainment and events

  • Cultural Events Board: provides programming that fills cultural voids on campus and sheds light on under-represented perspectives.

  • Distinguished Speakers Board: brings high-caliber, intellectually-stimulating speakers to campus.

  • The Student Involvement, Activities & Leadership Development Office: creates high quality experiences through leadership, employment, community building, diversity activities and entertainment

  • University Memorial Center (UMC): serves as CU’s student union, housing multiple offices and opportunities for involvement and leadership.

  • The Connection: Located in the UMC, The Connection offers bowling, pool tables, arcade games, HDTVs and snacks.

  • International Film Series: Boulder's first arthouse series, has been locally programmed since 1941 and is committed to eclectic cinema.

  • Conference on World Affairs: held each year in April as one of Boulder’s largest events, attracting 92,000 students and visitors to over 200 sessions, all of which are free and open to the public. Roger Ebert, who was a participant for four decades, called it the “conference on everything conceivable,” as topics are hardly limited to international affairs. No matter what your interests are, you’re sure to find something alluring.

Whether your interests include ethnic or cultural heritage, political involvement or environmental issues, joining a club is a great way to get involved and meet people. See complete list >

Student Recreation Center membership is free with your full student fees and includes use of: 25-yard lap pool, ice arena, multi-use gym, free weight room, racquetball/handball courts, tennis courts, indoor running track, climbing wall, dance/aerobics room, equipment rental and more.

Intramural sports provide a range of men's, women's and coed team and individual sports activities at various ability levels.

Collegiate Sport Clubs enable you to compete in a variety of sports at local, intercollegiate, regional and national levels.

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

The Colorado Shakespeare Festival is a professional theater company operated in association with CU-Boulder. Every summer for more than 50 years CSF has brought professional productions of Shakespeare and modern classics to the historic outdoor Mary Rippon Theatre and University Theatre. The festival annually hires students as actors, technical crew and ushers and provides hands-on experience in theatrical arts through internships.

CU Presents

CU Presents offers the best in the performing arts on the CU-Boulder campus. The program presents over 100 ticketed concerts each year as well as numerous educational and outreach events, and welcomes over 80,000 attendees to its events annually. In addition, faculty and guest artists are involved in many outreach activities including master classes, workshops and lectures. CU Presents includes artist series, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the CU Opera (including the CU New Opera Workshop), the Takács Quartet, CU Theatre & Dance and the holiday festival. Students can save up to 50 percent off single-ticket prices with a Concert Card, available from the box office in the University Club.

Fiske Planetarium

Open since 1971, Fiske Planetarium serves as both an academic resource for faculty and students as well as a site for events and community engagement. The Fiske boasts a 65-foot diameter screen that gives visitors a viewing experience akin to an IMAX theater. A number of programs are offered for K-12 students, including recorded planetarium shows, live star talks and state-of-the-art laser shows. To view a calendar of events and programs, visit fiske.colorado.edu/beta/.

CU-Boulder is fortunate to offer a variety of museums, galleries and other on-campus attractions. The CU Art Museum—centrally located in the state-of-the-art Visual Arts Complex—organizes year-round exhibitions of major international, national and regional art in addition to showing contemporary exhibits by CU-Boulder graduate students. In addition, visit the online events calendar for information about the CU Heritage Center, the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, the Fiske Planetarium & Science Museum, the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, CU Presents, Macky Auditorium and dozens of additional CU-Boulder events.