The University of Colorado system is a system of public universities in Colorado consisting of four campuses: University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver in downtown Denver and at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. It is governed by an elected, nine-member Board of Regents of the University of Colorado. The University of Colorado advances the economy, health and culture of Colorado and beyond, educating more than 435,000 students who have become catalysts in business, arts, health and community growth. CU’s four campuses feature top-tier faculty and hands-on learning opportunities in an environment where students thrive. Students and faculty at CUs four campuses are involved with research and learning that advances communities in Colorado and around the globe. The University of Colorados official abbreviation is CU, not the more intuitive "UC". This is to avoid confusion with the University of California system (founded in 1868), which at the time of the creation of the CU system was already referred to as UC.