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Enjoy the Outdoors at Colorado State Universities

Images of Ivy-clad walls, magnificent campus foliage, and grand libraries are usually how most people picture the typical college campus. But at Colorado state universities, the scene becomes even more picturesque, as students bask in fresh mountain air and a soaring natural landscape that translates into outdoor adventures that's are sometimes even a class requirement! Take a look at how students are venturing outside the classroom to maximize their student lives at Colorado colleges and universities.

Alternative Spring Break
Forget lounging at the beach and partying it up MTV-style -- approximately 90 Colorado State University (Fort Collins) students decided to turn their Spring Break travels into an educational and cultural awareness experience that earned them course credit.

The idea is for participants to dive into a week of immersion in which they learn about cultural, environmental, and socioeconomic communities, from places as vast as urban Chicago to Achiote, Panama.

Students involved in this and similar spring break initiatives at other Colorado state universities, study a variety of disciplines such as architecture, natural resources, liberal arts, social work and human development, and family studies.

At the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, among accelerated spring break course options are studying the Hispanic heritage of Colorado and Northern New Mexico, and an introduction to topographic maps and compass use. Other schools sponsor service-related trips in which students do volunteer work all over the globe.

Reaching New Peaks in Ethics

When students at Colorado state universities take part in academic competitions, they do so in "great outdoors" style. It's not everywhere that you can combine business ethics lessons with snowboarding, as students at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver did recently. The student team took part in the third annual Race & Case competition, which brings business ethics cases and ski and snowboarding challenges together. Teams are judged separately for their performance on the slopes and for their business presentations. Daniels was this year's winner (testament to the practicing opportunities available at the home-base Denver mountains that the universities in Colorado call home). Other major college competitors included Notre Dame, Purdue, Brigham Young, Carnegie Mellon, California, Washington, Indiana, Rice, Minnesota, George Washington, and Yale.

Student Clubs Go Extreme
Of course, there is more to college than coursework and competitions -- there's clubs and organizations. Many Fort Lewis College (Durango) students use their downtime to take advantage of the Rocky Mountains and the desert Southwest setting of their institution for some extreme extra curriculars. The school's Outdoor Pursuits program in particular, offers a wide range of professionally guided trips from rock climbing, rafting, and kayaking to backcountry skiing, avalanche safety training, and peak climbing. Students involved make the most of the open-air wonders of the region, a unique experience for those who study at Colorado state universities.

Are you ready to reach the peak of your college journey, that is, make that final college decision? Consider all that Colorado state universities have to offer, and take a trek through the terrain to explore your learning options.

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