Colorado State, Fort Collins
Colorado State is a leading research university and is committed to the mission of teaching, research, and outreach. At CSU, students have the opportunity to participate in active learning opportunities including field experience, laboratory research, and study abroad. Students are able to work closely with professors who are leaders in their field. You do not need to declare your major when you apply; they are very open to students who are still exploring. CSU is a student friendly institution!
CSU, Fort Collins, can be a real financial plus to a California student. They are part of the Western Undergraduate Exchange, WUE, which offers 150% of in-state tuition to California students who qualify. At CSU, the WUE is a scholarship that is calculated on a sliding scale of GPA and test scores. If you don’t qualify for the WUE, there are other scholarships available that can make this out-of-state school financially viable.
The University of Denver
DU has a wide variety of majors and programs and students can use electives to count towards a double major or pick up a minor. Classes are taught by professors 99.8% of the time and the average class size is 21 students. This fosters intimacy within the class and with professors whose priority is coaching students in research and creating your own knowledge. Business is the most popular major, but there are many majors and programs to choose from. Music is wonderful at DU, and you don’t have to be a music major to participate. There is an amazing performing arts center with a concert hall that is a replica of the opera house in Vienna, a flexible theater allowing for numerous configurations, and a smaller recital hall for intimate performances. There are also practice rooms and instrument storage facilities, so you can bring your instrument to college. The school of hospitality management emphasizes a foundation in business with specialized classes in hospitality management for well-rounded and skilled graduates. In fact, DU graduates in this program have to complete at least 1,000 hours of work experience. There is a film school as well as social sciences, hard sciences, and great pre health advising.
Though DU is a popular choice for locals, the university makes a point of having a geographically diverse student body with students from nearly every state in the union. They also offer generous merit scholarships and an extra stipend to out-of-state students who live in the residence halls. The food is good and there are a variety of configurations of halls to suit your living preferences. Many students ski, but that is not essential for you to fit in. The mile high city has lots of sunshine, (good for California kids), and 4 seasons--sometimes all in one day!