Students at homecomingThe sunshine! We experience all four seasons in Colorado and it is consistently sunny throughout (300 days a year!). Even if you wake up to a winter wonderland, often the sun is shining in a blue sky that same afternoon. People in Colorado are generally very happy and upbeat, and I think the abundant sunshine has a lot to do with that.

Colorado has lots of opportunities for thrill seekers to do things like ice climbing, white water rafting, hang gliding and zip lining. You can even skydive over the Flatirons! If you’ve always wanted to try something that adds some adrenaline, this is the place to do it. If you like to be outside but don’t want to be an extreme athlete, there are beautiful hiking and snowshoe trails for you to enjoy the amazing Rocky Mountain scenery and clean mountain air. Lots of restaurants have rooftop patios so you can also sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

Boulder is a very safe community with low crimes rates and a very high quality of life. When I was a student here I could walk, bike and take the bus everywhere – including to downtown Denver and Denver International Airport. I don’t encourage students to bring cars to campus; public transportation is easier and more environmentally friendly.

If you enjoy a variety of delicious and high-quality foods, Colorado has the best restaurants. Whether you are looking for organic, locally sourced food, authentic global cuisine from shawarma to sushi, or exciting new flavor combinations like watermelon and chili popsicles, you will find something to please your taste buds.

For those of you who love to work your own cooking magic in your kitchen, the city of Boulder has an amazing Farmer’s Market every week where you can pick out fresh fruits and vegetables, meats and sample or purchase locally made honey, cheese, bread, salsa and more! Many international students like to visit international grocery stores like Pacific Ocean Market, H Mart and Arash International Market to get foods and spices that remind them of home.

Not only can you explore the outdoors and Boulder’s diverse dining scene, but you can also experience Boulder’s intellectual and innovative community.

Colorado is a new hot spot for start-up companies, much like California’s Silicon Valley was in years past. It’s consistently ranked one of the best places for business and careers as well as technology start-ups. Have you heard of companies like Crocs, Celestial Seasonings and Level 3 Communications? They all found their start in Colorado. Companies like Google, Oracle, Lockheed Martin, Hitachi and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have all found Colorado a great place to move their company branches, for many of the reasons I have listed above.

Colorado is a community of global thinkers. Boulder hosts an annual conference that is free and open to the public called the Conference on World Affairs. We have a thriving program called Boulder Friends of International Students where local Boulderites and Coloradoans are always excited to welcome people from all over the world and exchange cultural information.

Students at CU Boulder are some of the hardest working students I have ever encountered. They are committed to producing high quality innovative academic work and research and pour their energy into furthering their minds and preparing themselves to be great contributors in the work force. They also know when to close their laptops and books and step outside to bask in that famous Colorado sunshine. If you are looking for a balanced lifestyle during your university years, I encourage you to take a closer look at the University of Colorado Boulder!


Natalie Mikulak

Natalie Mikulak
Associate Director of International Admissions
University of Colorado Boulder