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Top 10 schools whose locales are the envy of family and friends

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Colorado at Boulder

The town of Boulder, Colorado is home to around 100,000 residents and the school houses more than a quarter of them. You’d be hard pressed to find another city with more than 100,000 residents where college students make up almost one out of every four people. Just off the base of the Rocky Mountains, the campus offers some majestic views of the sprawling ranges, and students have no shortage of outdoor activities in all seasons. “You can climb the flat irons, go skiing or snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, camping; even long boarders have many challenging hills to bomb here.” In fact, if you like sitting inside all day, Boulder might not be a good fit for you. “Boulder has outdoor stuff out the wazoo! Flagstaff is 5 minutes outside of town, and that's where I do my rock climbing. There's some real world class bouldering at Flagstaff, and endless amounts of rock to climb within an hour of Boulder. If you are an outdoorsy person, Boulder is the perfect place for you.” That’s not all there is to do either, as those in the know stay current by reading “the buff bulletin and mass circulated flyers that keep students up to date on campus and city wide events.” The allure of the campus is a large reason many visiting students choose to go here, “the best thing about Boulder is the beautiful campus. It is truly one of the most beautiful campuses in the country.” The reactions of UC-Boulder student peers adds a special emphasis on its prime location and the joy of the students’ experience, “I love that people always seem impressed and intrigued when I tell them where I go to school: their faces light up, their eyes get wide and they start to smile. It might be partly because I can't help smiling when I tell someone where I go to school.”