Prospective students, especially those interested in the Annual School Session, are often concerned about taking time away from their jobs to attend the Graduate School of Banking at Colorado. See what to expect during your time here, and how it will benefit your career and your bank.

Student Life

What to Expect


Here is a brief overview of the schedule that Annual School Session students follow during their two weeks on campus. Courses change based on student year (i.e., first, second or third-year).

  • Sunday late morning/early afternoon: Arrive and settle into on-campus housing (check out campus facilities)
  • Sunday late afternoon: Welcome Celebration/Orientation, Folsom Field
  • Monday to Friday, Classes (1.5-hour lunch break)
  • Friday afternoon: First week exams
  • Weekend: GSBC-sponsored activities or free time (third-year students have a Sunday afternoon class)
  • Monday to Thursday: Second week classes
  • Thursday evening: Graduation (third year students only)
  • Friday late morning: Second week exams
  • Friday noon: Students dismissed

Networking & Events

During your time in Boulder, you can explore Colorado on your own, or participate in any of these GSBC-sponsored activities.

  • Student-Organized State Dinner Night: Grab dinner at one of Boulder’s many renowned restaurants with students and faculty from your state or region.
  • Colorado Rockies Outing: Join classmates for a night out at Coors Field in Denver. GSBC will provide transportation to and from the game.
  • White Water Rafting: On the Saturday after week one, we head to Clear Creek, a steep, narrow, technical river that is challenging and fun.
  • Annual GSBC Alumni Association Golf Tournament: On the Sunday after week one, the GSBC Alumni Association hosts its annual golf tournament. Students, faculty, trustees, alumni and friends compete in a four-person scramble format.
  • Battle of the Classes: Flashback to field day—connect with classmates in a friendly nostalgia-filled competition.

Special Presentations & Evening Receptions

Our students hear industry experts speak on current issues in community banking throughout each two-week session. These are presented as keynote, panel and lunch & learn sessions. The evening keynote presentations are followed by cocktail receptions beneath Boulder’s Flatirons with faculty and staff.