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 afternoon: Welcome Celebration, Folsom Field
  • Sunday evening: Orientation
  • Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm: Classes (1-hour lunch break)
  • Friday, 4:30 pm: First-week exams
  • Weekend: GSBC-sponsored activities or free time (third-year students have a Sunday afternoon class)
  • Monday, 8 am: Second-week classes start
  • Friday, 11 am: Second-week exams
  • Friday, 12 pm: 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.
  • Battle of the Classes: Flashback to field day—connect with classmates in a friendly nostalgia-filled competition that includes:
    • Three-legged races
    • Tug-of-War
    • Egg & Spoon races
  • 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.
  • Colorado Rockies Outing: Join classmates for a night out at Coors Field in Denver. GSBC will provide transportation to and from the game.

Special Presentations & Evening Receptions

Our students hear from industry experts, speaking on current issues in community banking throughout each two-week session. Evening presentations are usually followed by outdoor cocktail receptions beneath Boulder’s Flatirons with faculty and staff.