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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?

26,977 Full-Time Undergraduates
$21,510 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 one 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.

University of Colorado Boulder Rankings

College Factual ranked CU - Boulder as #227 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Out of the 23 colleges in Colorado, it is ranked at #4.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that CU - Boulder has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for CU - Boulder

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for International Students 101
Best Colleges for Veterans 151
Best Colleges for Diversity 210
Best Colleges 227
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 380
Best Colleges for the Money 966

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 )
200
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 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 25 to 30 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of Colorado Boulder?

$21,510 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
3.2% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CU - Boulder is $21,510. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for CU - Boulder

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$13,049 $14,945 $19,194 $25,875 $27,901

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

26,977 Full-Time Undergraduates
44% Women
25% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 29,056 undergraduate students at CU - Boulder, with 26,977 being full-time and 2,079 being part-time.

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

There are also 6,282 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 26,977 full-time undergraduates at CU - Boulder, 56% are male and 44% 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 1,513
Black or African American 440
Hispanic or Latino 3,175
White 18,174
International Students 2,013
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,662

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, University of Colorado Boulder awarded 13,488 undergraduate degrees and 4,374 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 0 66 0
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 0 115 119 18
Anthropology 0 94 5 9
Applied Mathematics 0 63 23 12
Architectural Engineering 0 40 13 2
Area Studies 0 18 4 0
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 62 16 3
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 5 2 6
Biochemical Engineering 0 79 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 76 1 9
Business Administration & Management 0 993 206 3
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 141 3 11
Chemical Engineering 0 70 19 24
Chemistry 0 27 15 29
Civil Engineering 0 63 63 21
Classical Languages & Literature 0 22 5 1
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 5 1
Cognitive Science 0 0 0 6
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 1
Communication & Media Studies 0 197 7 6
Communication Sciences 0 71 24 10
Computer Engineering 0 62 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 3 0
Computer Science 0 332 81 19
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 47 5
Dance 0 11 4 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 19 4 4
East Asian Languages 0 41 6 1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 219 5 4
Economics 0 285 11 12
Education Philosophy 0 0 11 1
Educational Administration 0 0 4 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 2
Electrical Engineering 0 39 160 21
Engineering Physics 0 29 0 0
Environmental Design 0 140 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 39 16 4
Ethnic Studies 0 31 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 78 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 17 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 67 6 4
General Engineering 0 31 60 0
General English Literature 0 133 16 4
General Psychology 0 478 11 10
Geography & Cartography 0 51 8 12
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 71 10 11
Germanic Languages 0 7 4 3
History 0 83 4 5
Information Science 0 12 0 0
International Studies 0 162 0 0
Journalism 0 64 7 0
Law 0 0 0 156
Legal Research 0 0 19 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 22 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 32 28 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 67 0
Materials Engineering 0 0 17 3
Mathematics 0 101 11 12
Mechanical Engineering 0 260 69 13
Multilingual Education 0 0 67 2
Museum Studies 0 0 10 0
Music 0 54 41 18
Natural Resources Conservation 0 193 51 7
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 120 0 12
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 87 0 0
Philosophy 0 52 7 3
Physics 0 50 23 21
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 343 16 8
Political Science & Government 0 192 7 5
Public Relations & Advertising 0 389 17 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 1 0
Real Estate 0 0 8 0
Religious Studies 0 8 7 0
Romance Languages 0 49 10 4
Science, Technology & Society 0 0 11 6
Sociology 0 156 4 9
Taxation 0 0 19 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 16 7 0
Writing Studies 0 0 6 0
Total 0 13,488 3,228 1,146

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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