University of Colorado

The University of Colorado at Boulder is home to several museums and a planetarium as well its nearly 30,000 students. It is considered the flagship of the Colorado system and has the unique distinction of being labeled one of the rare Public Ivy League schools. In Boulder, the large campus is separated into two parts. The Main Campus includes the historic architecture and modern buildings that comprise the academic divisions and student housing. The East Campus is just a few blocks over from the Main Campus. Some 150 areas of study are available. Campus tours require advance notice, but the campus is not restricted, and tourists can visit any time.

Performances by visiting musical artists tend to be either in Macky Auditorium, an attractive, NeoGothic structure from the 1920s, or in the University Memorial Center, built in the 1940s. The CAC, the Center for Community, is a modern facility with a variety of dining halls and student services. The Mary Rippon Amphitheatre offers outdoor theater including the summer Colorado Shakespeare Festival. The Department of Theater and Dance has several official venues for college performances.

The Colorado University Art Museum was begun in 1939 and has grown to include 6,000 art pieces. Traveling exhibitions bring notable artwork to campus. The CUAM and several smaller galleries are located in Norlin Library. There is also an art gallery in the Macky Auditorium. Visitors also enjoy the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. It is located in Henderson Hall. UC-Boulder scientists have assembled an extensive collection. These artifacts and natural specimens tell the geological, anthropological, and paleontological story of the Plains and Rocky Mountains.

One of the campus' most popular attractions is the Fiske Planetarium, which offers a 60-ft dome for public programs and laser light shows. There is also a Fiske Science Center with a hands-on museum. In addition, the Sommers-Bausch Observatory, which boasts state-of-the-art telescopes, is open to the public on Friday evenings.

In the fall, many campus Saturdays are busy with NCAA football. The Colorado Buffaloes play their home games in Folsom Stadium. In the fall and winter, the Coors Events Center is home to men and women's NCAA basketball. The Buffaloes are part of the PAC-12 Conference.

In Boulder, the University is accessed via Foothills Parkway, Pearl Parkway, Aprapahoe Avenue, and Broadway. Route 36 connects the UC-Boulder Campus with Denver.