The University of Colorado at Boulder is located at the edge of the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. The elevation of Boulder is approximately one mile above sea level, with 12 to 13 thousand foot peaks less than 20 miles away. Despite Colorado's image as the snow capital of the country, Boulder enjoys a mild climate for most days of the year. The climate is semi arid, with approximately 300 sunny days per year. Boulder gets an average of 18 inches of rain per year, with less than you might expect coming in the form of snow. During summer months the average high temperature is in the 80's (Fahrenheit) while the average low is in the 50's (Fahrenheit). While the climate is generally mild, it is certainly unpredictable, and one must be prepared for sudden changes of weather. Boulder is a charming and prosperous college town with cafes and bookstores at every corner of its tree-lined streets. Its sophisticated urban scene is in beautiful contrast to its rugged surroundings, including some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the United States. Hiking, biking, fishing, serious mountain climbing or just a plain walk in the woods are but a few outdoor activities one can enjoy as welcome diversions from a grueling pressure of the School.