Denver is one of America's fastest-growing metropolitan areas with an abundance of educational, cultural and recreational opportunities. The region has low humidity, the sun shines about 300 days a year and midwinter temperatures of 60 degrees are common. Colorado ski country is nearby with Breckenridge and Vail a short drive from downtown Denver.
Regis University is located near the base of the Rocky Mountains in a residential suburban neighborhood in northwest Denver about 25 minutes from the Internaitonal Airport.
Located in the thriving suburb of Lakewood, Colorado Christian University is about 15 minutes from Denver's popular Lo-Do area, which is home to professional sports teams including the Major League Baseball Colorado Rockies, the National Fooball Leagues Denver Broncos, the National Basketball League's Denver Nuggets and the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche. The Performing Arts Complex is minutes from campus where internationally acclaimed symphony and opera productions are performed year-round. Directly west and less than two hours away are many of the world's best snowboarding, white-water-rafting and fly-fishing locations.
Boulder Colorado, a town of 100,000 is 25 miles northwest of Denver and was rated as one fo the top ten places to live for health and recreation. It is among the most dynamic, progressive, and attractive cities of its size in the United States. Boulder is surrounded by a greenbelt of more than 20,000 acres of open space. Much of the open space is crisscrossed by an extensive system of hiking, biking, and riding trails, as are the nearby mountains. Many CU-Boulder students enjoy skiing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, white-water rafting, or mountain biking. Recently, Boulder was ranked first by Norman Ford in The 50 Healthiest Places to Live and Retire in the United States. It is home to the University of Colorado and Naropa University.
The University of Colorado was founded in 1876, the same year that Colorado became the Centennial State. Today the University system, governed by a 9-member Board of Regents, includes the main campus at Boulder, campuses at Colorado Springs and Denver, and the Health Sciences Center in Denver. The University of Colorado is one of thirty-two public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU) and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region. The Boulder campus, the largest in the CU system, offers more than 3,400 courses each year in more than 170 areas of study.
Naropa College grew out of an educational philosophy that dates back to Nalanda University, a major center of learning that was founded in India and that was presided over in the eleventh century by Naropa, a highly respected Buddhist scholar. Naropa College was originally founded in 1974 by the Tibetan meditation master and scholar Chögyam Trungpa. This Buddhist educational heritage has been the ongoing inspiration for the development of Naropa College. Naropa's main campus and surrounding grounds include a Performing Arts Center, a meditation hall, the Allen Ginsberg Library and Computer Center, Naropa Gallery, a student lounge, a bookstore, and Naropa Café.