Summary of the School:
Colorado State University – Pueblo is a small to medium size college educating around 4,000 students a year. If you happen to live in the Dorms which I would suggest at least one year you will notice the heavy influx of international students. This is one the Universities ways of constantly funding their school, is their international programs. You get students from the United Arab Emirates, Iraq, Sweden, Norway, and Japan.
There are a few courses that breeze by easier than others. A lot of their political science courses are very good for an easy beginning course. The professors are open to working with you if you accidentally sleep in a lot. Unless you are brilliant or want to work your fingers to the bone the first semester I would avoid the Spanish classes as well Biology. These both are the more difficult course. Lastly in college you tend to have Film Theory which although flunky sounding is a great class to meet creative students and learn things one would never know about film.
The soccer and softball teams and very large within this college however there is no football team. There is also some emphasis on wrestling and volleyball is very popular as well. Although they can boast a great success with the sports programs they do have, their sole focus is not on the athletics department.
The dorms are broken out into different floors, you have all women, all men, and co-ed. When you register with the college you can choose any floor and even if you want a smoker roommate or a non-smoker. Now when you get that infamous first roomie and they happen to be your complete opposite, try it out. If for some reason the differences cannot be surmounted do not despair, you can switch rooms. There are a lot of activities within the dorms, dances and ice cream socials. There are also a set up basketball hoops inside the dorms and a large screen TV. Within the rooms themselves you get a microwave and mini fridge to share with your roommate. The walls are burlap so be careful you can get burlap burn. You may also be lucky enough to have no roommate depending on the ratio of students staying in the dorms.
Within the college itself you have many choices for food. You have the classic cafeteria style fare, pizza, and some unknowable meat. However in the basement beneath the cafeteria you have an area where you can get Pizza Hut, Subway and other more edible choices. Also if you went to college with a car, then you can drive around the area where there is a Denny’s just a mile away, and open 24 hours. There are also the more expensive restaurants just a mile away such as Applebee’s, Lonestar, and Texas Roadhouse.
Off campus there are only a few good places to go. At the beginning of the school year, you always have the State Fair in town which is great fun. However once they have left and you are stuck in a small town remember there are still a few places to go. Pueblo Reservoir is a great place to go in the warm weather, lots of swimming, boating, and great BBQs. However for night entertainment there are two dance clubs, one is Pepper’s which is a Hip Hop club. Great fun and the dance floor is large. Due to the club being only 2 miles away from the college they let 18 and up in every night. Cover charge is $4 so it won’t break the bank. There is also a Country Western Bar in Pueblo West about 10 miles away called the Rodeo. They also have a young crowd and allow anyone 18 and up in the door. They do tend towards the country genre however every few hours you get a few classics like Brick House, and Fortunate Son. Lastly and one of the best places to hang out is a small coffeehouse in Downtown Pueblo, which consists of about 4 streets. The coffee shop is split into two rooms, one that is pristine and clean where you purchase your coffee, tea, and pastries and then the other side is a smoker paradise. They also have chess, checkers, and overstuffed couches. You will rarely see anyone over 30 in the shop and the environment is very relaxed and open. The name of the shop changes regularly but it is on Elizabeth Street, and was last called The Indigo. This is where you will find the intellectual smoker crowd and philosophy students waxing and waning about life.