We are currently in Level Yellow: Concern on Colorado’s COVID-19 dial framework, which allows you to get together with up to 10 people from no more than two households. The dial status can change throughout the semester, so remember to check the Protect Our Herd website for the most up-to-date information. 

Four students in masks playing spike ball on the grass.

Making friends in college can be harder than it looks, especially in the age of physical distancing and increased precautions. One way to make friends on campus this semester is to get involved and find people who have similar interests. After that, it’s all about making plans to hang out again and getting to know each other. 

Here are some ways to make (and keep) friends if you enjoy...


The great outdoors

Meet people:

The Outdoor Program at the Rec Center offers a number of trips, courses and opportunities to learn about the outdoors, go exploring and meet new people. There are also a number of student organizations that focus on outdoor activities and recreation. Consider signing up for a class, trip or club to get involved and meet fellow outdoor Buffs. 

Make follow-up plans: 


 Reading books

Meet people:

The Center for Student Involvement offers a free book club where students can read about leadership, diversity and inclusion or enjoy New York Times Best Sellers. Sign up for a book club that interests you to meet other book lovers.

Make follow-up plans: 


 Gaming

Meet people: 

CU Boulder has a large gaming community! Meet fellow gamers by joining CU Gaming or head to The Connection for bowling, billiards and other games.

Make follow-up plans: 


 Do it yourself projects

Meet people:

If you want to meet other makers, join the Center for Student Involvement for a DIY Night! They also offer Guided Paint Classes for all levels. These events are a great way to meet fellow crafters.

Make follow-up plans: 

  • Enlist your roommate to help decorate your space
  • Pick up a Make-n-Take kit and get crafty with projects like wooden coasters, mini gardens, mug decorating and more
  • Attend a local Boulder Meetup to work on projects or hang out with crafters
  • Work together on a TikTok DIY project and post your results
  • Visit local craft stores or thrift stores to get inspired

For a full list of student events happening this semester visit colorado.edu/studentevents.

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