On Campus with Curt: University of Colorado, Boulder

On Campus with Curt: The University of Colorado, Boulder 

Established in 1876, the University of Colorado Boulder is the flagship of the University of Colorado system and was founded five months before Colorado was admitted to the Union in 1876. With 32,000 students, the school motto is ΛΑΜΨΑΤΩ ΤΟ ΦΏΣ ΥΜΏΝ, Greek for "Let Your Light Shine."

University of Colorado, Boulder mascot

The main CU Boulder campus is located south of the popular Pearl Street Mall. The school's distinctive architecture style is known as Tuscan Vernacular Revival. The oldest buildings, such as Old Main and Macky Auditorium were in the Collegiate Gothic style of many East Coast schools. Plans for the university's new buildings evolved into a new wrap of rough, textured sandstone walls with sloping, multi-leveled red-tiled roofs and Indiana limestone trim. This formed the basis of a unified style which was used in the design of fifteen other buildings between 1921 and 1939. In 2011, Travel & Leisure Magazine named CU Boulder one of the most beautiful college campuses in the U.S.

University of Colorado, Boulder campus

UC Boulder traditions include the Nearly Naked Mile, managed by The Herd, the student alumni association. The event supports a local charity, with students arriving in clothes they plan to donate before stripping them off prior to the start of the race.

University of Colorado, Boulder campus

The Colorado Buffaloes compete in the Pac-12 Conference and have won 28 national championships: 20 in skiing, seven total in men's and women's cross country, and one in football. School colors are black, gold and silver with Ralphie and "Chip" as their mascots. Watching Ralphie the buffalo run on gamedays is one of CU's oldest traditions.

 University of Colorado, Boulder statue

Notable Buffaloes include author of the renowned "On Death and Dying" Elisabeth Kubler-Ross; actor Jonah Hill; "South Park" co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone; President and CEO of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Inc. Steven J. Hatchell; Chipotle Mexican Grill founder Steve Ell.