University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Boulder is a leading force in the arts, culture, and entrepreneurship—a place where creativity happens. From our location in the heart of the city, the University of Colorado Boulder produces some of the nation’s top innovators in these areas, acting as a major hub for the artistic community on the Front Range. Our talented faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way for the next generation of original thinkers.

The College of Music at CU Boulder is one of the country’s top public Music programs. Our talented and active faculty of musicians, composers, and scholars teach an impressive series of courses. Students can choose from several undergraduate and graduate degree programs in more than 23 fields of study, plus elective certificates in Music Technology & Entrepreneurship. The College’s distinctive combination of core educational learning and professional experiences prepares students for success. Ensemble experiences include concert and jazz bands, choirs, and symphonic orchestras as well as chamber groups, pioneering world music ensembles, and a state-of-the-art laptop orchestra. Musical events range from fully staged operas to early and new music performances—in fact, 400 public concerts are presented annually by students and faculty.

The Department of Theatre & Dance fosters artistic discipline, exploration, creativity, and interpersonal communication. Undergraduate programs provide a balance of theory and practice through which students gain knowledge, critical insight, and performance skills. The department encourages production of student work and involvement in activities ranging from participation in productions to the presentation of individual creative work. Through the department, students and faculty present over 1,000 productions each season in drama, musical theatre, and dance.

There are also numerous off-campus and summer production opportunities, including the CU Moving Company, which regularly tours statewide, and the Theatre Outreach Tour, which travels across the state each spring. Students also work with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival as actors, technicians, and dramaturgs.



Top 50 university for National Science Foundation research funding


Top 100 in National Universities | U.S. News & World Report


#61 in Best Colleges for Veterans | U.S. News & World Report


Top 50 Best Value Public Schools | The Princeton Review


Included in the Guide to Green Colleges list | The Princeton Review

Colorado Shakespeare Festival

The University of Colorado Boulder is home of the internationally renowned Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF), one of only two University-based groups in the world to have completed the entire canon of 37 plays. Full-scale productions of the Bard’s work are presented on campus each summer in the beautiful, outdoor, 1,000-seat Mary Rippon Theatre and in a 420-seat indoor theatre. Each year, actors, technicians, directors, and designers are selected from national and local auditions to join the CSF Company.

• CU Boulder faculty and alumni receiving more than 30 Grammy awards and nominations

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