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University of Colorado Boulder Overview

University of Colorado Boulder is a public institution situated in Boulder, Colorado. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is University of Colorado Boulder Known For?

6,744 Undergraduate Awards
$45,839 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at CU - Boulder is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at CU - Boulder.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 69% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from CU - Boulder with a bachelor's degree make about $50,800 a year. That's 25% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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University of Colorado Boulder Rankings

CU - Boulder holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Colorado ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

CU - Boulder has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#51 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#125 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at CU - Boulder.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#9 Best General Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Physiology & Pathology Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Most Popular Communication & Journalism Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Most Popular Natural Resources & Conservation Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Most Popular Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#141 Best Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards CU - Boulder has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#9 Best Colleges for Physical Sciences College Factual
#25 Best Colleges for Computer & Information Sciences College Factual
#34 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#45 Best Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#65 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#76 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual

Where Is University of Colorado Boulder?

Location of University of Colorado Boulder

Contact details for CU - Boulder are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Regent Drive At Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309-0017
Phone: 303-492-1411
Website: www.colorado.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cuboulder
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cuboulder

How Do I Get Into CU - Boulder?

You can apply to CU - Boulder online at: www.colorado.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply

Admission Requirements for CU - Boulder

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CU - Boulder?

80% Acceptance Rate
50% Of Accepted Are Women
29% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at University of Colorado Boulder is 80%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

Approximately 50% of accepted students are men and 50% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 77%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 29% of students accepted to CU - Boulder submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 660. Math scores were between 570 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 580 to 660 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 570 to 680 )
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800
CU - Boulder received ACT scores from 81% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 31. Math scores were between 24 and 29. Composite scores were between 25 and 30.

ACT English Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 24 to 31 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 24 to 29 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Colorado Boulder?

$45,839 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CU - Boulder is $45,839. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At CU - Boulder, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $8,779 a year. That adds up to $35,116 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CU - Boulder is 3.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of Colorado Boulder Undergraduate Student Diversity

28,877 Full-Time Undergraduates
46% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 31,098 undergraduate students at CU - Boulder, with 28,877 being full-time and 2,221 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  CU - Boulder

There are also 6,785 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,877 full-time undergraduates at CU - Boulder, 54% are male and 46% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  CU - Boulder

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of Colorado Boulder students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of CU - Boulder Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,675
Black or African American 448
Hispanic or Latino 3,671
White 19,409
International Students 1,677
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,997

Geographic Diversity

Colorado students aren't the only ones who study at University of Colorado Boulder. At this time, all 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 113 countries are represented at CU - Boulder. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at University of Colorado Boulder

1,053 Took All Classes Online
3,287 Took At Least One Class Online
31.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 1 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at CU - Boulder. In 2017-2018, 3,287 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at CU - Boulder has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 17th most popular in Colorado for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of CU - Boulder

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Colorado Boulder was 31.3%. This is the #672 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CU - Boulder regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of CU - Boulder majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 16%
Business Administration & Management 12%
Business, Management & Marketing 13%
Computer & Information Sciences 16%
Computer Science 14%
Education 17%
Engineering 1%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at CU - Boulder ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at CU - Boulder.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Engineering #3
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering #5
Civil Engineering #6
Electrical Engineering #8
Computer Science #14
Engineering #16
Curriculum & Instruction #21
Computer Information Systems #33
Computer & Information Sciences #65
Education #140
Business Administration & Management #182
Business, Management & Marketing #227

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of Colorado Boulder Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 993 206 3 1,202
General Psychology 478 11 10 499
Computer Science 332 81 19 432
Public Relations & Advertising 389 17 0 406
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 343 16 8 367
Mechanical Engineering 260 69 13 342
Economics 285 11 12 308
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 115 119 18 252
Natural Resources Conservation 193 51 7 251
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 219 5 4 228
Electrical Engineering 39 160 21 220
Communication & Media Studies 197 7 6 210
Political Science & Government 192 7 5 204
Sociology 156 4 9 169
International Studies 162 0 0 162
Law 0 0 156 156
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 141 3 11 155
General English Literature 133 16 4 153
Civil Engineering 63 63 21 147
Environmental Design 140 0 0 140
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 120 0 12 132
Mathematics 101 11 12 124
Chemical Engineering 70 19 24 113
Music 54 41 18 113
Anthropology 94 5 9 108
Communication Sciences 71 24 10 105
Applied Mathematics 63 23 12 98
Physics 50 23 21 94
History 83 4 5 92
Geological & Earth Sciences 71 10 11 92
General Engineering 31 60 0 91
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 87 0 0 87
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 76 1 9 86
Astronomy & Astrophysics 62 16 3 81
Biochemical Engineering 79 0 0 79
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 78 0 0 78
Fine & Studio Arts 67 6 4 77
Journalism 64 7 0 71
Chemistry 27 15 29 71
Geography & Cartography 51 8 12 71
Multilingual Education 0 67 2 69
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 67 0 67
Accounting 0 66 0 66
Romance Languages 49 10 4 63
Computer Engineering 62 0 0 62
Philosophy 52 7 3 62
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 32 28 0 60
Environmental Engineering 39 16 4 59
Architectural Engineering 40 13 2 55
Curriculum & Instruction 0 47 5 52
East Asian Languages 41 6 1 48
Ethnic Studies 31 0 0 31
Engineering Physics 29 0 0 29
Classical Languages & Literature 22 5 1 28
Drama & Theater Arts 19 4 4 27
Teacher Education Subject Specific 16 7 0 23
Area Studies 18 4 0 22
Liberal Arts General Studies 22 0 0 22
Materials Engineering 0 17 3 20
Taxation 0 19 0 19
Legal Research 0 19 0 19
Finance & Financial Management 0 17 0 17
Science, Technology & Society 0 11 6 17
Religious Studies 8 7 0 15
Dance 11 4 0 15
Germanic Languages 7 4 3 14
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 5 2 6 13
Information Science 12 0 0 12
Education Philosophy 0 11 1 12
Museum Studies 0 10 0 10
Real Estate 0 8 0 8
Writing Studies 0 6 0 6
Cognitive Science 0 0 6 6
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 5 1 6
Educational Administration 0 4 0 4
Computer Information Systems 0 3 0 3
Educational Assessment 0 0 2 2
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 1 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 1 0 1
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 0 0
Statistics 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 6,744 1,614 573 8,931

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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