Published: July 1, 2016

admissions tourYes its summertime! It's the time of year where you don’t have to worry about homework, exams or even alarm clocks. But most importantly, summer is the time of year when future college students, like you, travel around the world looking for the next place to call home. The college search process is sometimes intense and daunting but it will all be worth it when you find the right school. Luckily, you have already taken the first steps in this process by registering for the Summer Sampler at CU Boulder.

So what now? On July 9th you will have the opportunity to explore one of the world’s most prestigious and beautiful campuses. CU’s Summer Sampler is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about what it is like to be a student at CU Boulder. There will be campus tours (running all day), information sessions ranging from learning more about a specific areas of study to how the application process works, and even lunch on campus.

Here are my tips on how to make the most out of your trip to Boulder:

  1. Take advantage of the tour: Sure you can stroll around campus on your own, but there is no better way to get to know our beautiful campus quite like taking a tour led by our student ambassadors. Don't just go on the tour though. ASK QUESTIONS! There is no better resource for your questions than a current student. Our student ambassadors are excited that you’re coming to campus so start thinking about questions that you want to ask them! With a city like Boulder if you ask anyone ‘What do you like to do for fun in Boulder?’ You are guaranteed to get different answers and maybe some ideas about what to do on the rest of your visit!
  2. Eat on campus: After an early morning of events and tours, where are you going to fuel up for the second half of the day? Enjoy lunch at the Center for Community (C4C), which is consistently rated as one of the best college dining centers in the nation and is my personal favorite with options ranging from Italian cuisine to sushi.
  3. Take a lot of pictures: Sitting at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, CU Boulder is a great place to take your next profile pic. Two locations that you cannot miss are Farrand Field and the Ralphie statue outside of Folsom Field. Share your pictures with us on social media using #ViewsFromCU.
  4. Explore the area: Ranked as the #1 college town in the country, there is never a dull moment in Boulder. Get out and explore! Enjoy a night on Pearl Street Mall or go for a hike up Chautauqua. The opportunities are endless in Boulder so don’t just stay in your hotel room.
  5. Come prepared and come back again: As you can tell there is a lot to do in the short amount of time that you are here. Come to campus with an idea of what major or majors you might be interested in and plan to attend a morning session from one of our colleges or programs that houses that major. There are going to be a lot of great afternoon sessions as well, so don’t be afraid to split up and cover more ground. And lastly, make a weekend of it! Plan for a day of just hiking or exploring downtown Boulder and Pearl Street Mall. It is impossible to experience everything that CU and Boulder have to offer in a short amount of time—look at me I’ve been here for 3 years and barley scratched the surface, so plan another visit soon!

You have already taken the first steps in your college search process by registering for Summer Sampler, so enjoy it and try to make the most of your visit to Boulder. Go Buffs!



Grant Shibao