Bill Hammons: Writing and Running in Boulder, Colorado


The University of Colorado at Boulder (a.k.a. "CU")

The University of Colorado ("CU" as it's known) was founded with a campus at Boulder in 1876. The Boulder campus remains the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system, which also includes campuses at Colorado Springs and Denver.

When CU began classes in 1877, there were no students in the state of Colorado ready for college-level work. As a result, Boulder High School's principal and entire student body were transferred to the university's preparatory school, and in 1878, these first graduates of this program constituted the university's first freshman class.

The two courses offered to these first freshmen were the Classical Course and the Scientific Course, each four years in length. Classical required two years of Greek, three years of Latin, and two years of math, and the Scientific Course involved botany and chemistry. Tuition was free to citizens of Colorado. The size of CU's first graduating class (in 1882): six. (CU's also come a long way in the field of athletics: CU lost 103-0 in their first football game on the Boulder campus, against the Colorado School of Mines.)

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