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Founded in 1876 even before Colorado was admitted to the Union later that same year, the University of Colorado - Boulder is the flagship institution of Colorado's public University of Colorado system. The Colorado territorial legislature amended the constitution of the territory to provide funding to establish the University of Colorado in Boulder, the Colorado Agricultural College in Fort Collins and the Colorado School of Mines in Golden. Boulder and Cañon City competed for the privilege of becoming the site of the territory's university. Boulder won, of course. Cañon City's consolation prize was to gain the site of the newly created Colorado State Prison. The cornerstone of the first building - Old Main - was laid in 1875; the university opened its doors in September, 1877. There were relatively few high schools in the new state of Colorado that could prepare students for university studies, so the new University of Colorado in Boulder also provided a preparatory school that could accommodate 50 students. When it opened its doors, the University of Colorado - Boulder had 15 students. Even in 1877, gender was not the issue in Colorado as it was in so many other parts of the country. Of the 50 students in the new preparatory school, 38 were men but 27 were women. Their ages ranged from 12 to 23 years.

Today, the University of Colorado - Boulder is a public research university with more than 31,000 undergraduate, online and graduate students. Of the institution's 2,150 total academic faculty members, 2,055 are directly involved in research. The University of Colorado - Boulder is one of only 34 public research institutions that are members of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU). It also is the only member within the Rocky Mountain region. The school's broad focus is on directly affecting Colorado communities through innovation, collaborative research and entrepreneurship. Today's University of Colorado - Boulder remains true to its gender-neutral beginnings. In 2017, University of Colorado - Boulder held its ninth annual

TRANSforming Gender Conference, reflecting its stated vision: "To be a leader in addressing the humanitarian, social and technological challenges of the twenty-first century."

University of Colorado - Boulder Accreditation Details

The University of Colorado - Boulder is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Nine of its engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, and its Computer Science programs are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The College of Media, Communication and Information has three programs specifically accredited by the national Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Those programs are Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design, Media Studies and Journalism, all of which are important destinations for those choosing a major in Women and Gender Studies.

University of Colorado - Boulder Application Requirements

Basic application requirements for admission into undergraduate programs include an application, a $50 application fee for domestic students - the fee is $70 for international students - and two essays. The first essay of 250 - 650 words is a personal essay on a topic of seven topic choices the university offers. The seventh choice is an essay on any topic of interest to the prospective student. The second essay, also 250 - 650 words, is a writing supplement addressing cultural differences in communication. Transfer students are required to provide a third 250 - 650 word essay on the topic of the importance of diverse and inclusive learning environments.

The University of Colorado - Boulder also requires freshman applicants to provide a letter of recommendation, high school transcripts and either SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students also need a recommendation letter and entrance exam scores, along with a college transcript. Applicants to the College of Music also must schedule and audition.

The University of Colorado - Boulder fully supports undocumented students in all forms. It provides assistance for undocumented, DACA and ASSET eligible students but does require proof of residency.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Estimated costs for a full academic year of two semesters include tuition and fees, books, supplies and on-campus room and board. Students living off campus and providing their own meals may have different totals, of course. For those living on campus and participating in campus meal plans, total estimated costs are:

• $27,884 Colorado Resident

• $52,018 Non-Colorado Resident

• $57,772 International Students

Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants and student loans. The university urges all domestic students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA determination of family responsibility and family resources will guide how much assistance any specific student can receive, regardless of whether the student takes advantage of guaranteed student loans. Undocumented students may be eligible for grants as well as for work-study assistance.

The university itself does not directly offer grants or scholarships for most students, but everyone can search for available scholarships from other sources that are not school - specific. Grants are available in many forms, but many specify very narrow requirements. The search for either outside scholarships or grants can be tedious but the outcome can be quite rewarding. Even so, most students finance their college education with government guaranteed student loans.

Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGST)

Once viewed as a less than useful course of study, the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGST) offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as an undergraduate minor or even a certificate. It also offers graduate certificate for those students enrolled in another disciplinary graduate program at either the Master's or doctoral level. Along with topics such as feminist political philosophy, violence against women, global justice, feminist literature and histories of sexuality and gender politics in Latin America, the department's faculty also closely examines how gender affects social movements and politics.

The Department provides fertile ground for discussions included in and arising from the University's annual TRANSforming Gender Conference. Study within the department also prepares students for gender - sensitive positions in a variety of areas, including journalism, industry, public health, law, public policy, medicine, teaching, advocacy, counseling, social work, public relations and a variety of other areas. Many students choosing the WGST major include other disciplines as a second major or a minor area of study. As example, a WGST graduate with a double major in Biology may attend medical school to specialize in women's health. Alternatively, a WGST graduate with a double major in Business can bring better understanding of gender issues to the workplace and how they affect it.

In addition to its annual TRANSforming Gender Conference, the University of Colorado - Boulder provides opportunity for both learning and exploration in many disciplines, including Women and Gender Studies.