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University of Colorado Boulder Overview

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

What Is University of Colorado Boulder Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$45,764 Avg Cost After Aid
80% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at CU - Boulder is 1%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at CU - Boulder is the doctor's degree.
  • In <nil>, 75% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, CU - Boulder bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $65,273 a year. That's about 60% more than their peers at other schools.

Where Is 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

How Do I Get Into CU - Boulder?

You can apply to CU - Boulder online at:

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 Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into CU - Boulder?

80% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
32% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 80%, CU - Boulder may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 75%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 32% 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 590 and 690. Math scores were between 580 and 700.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 590 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 580 to 700 )
CU - Boulder received ACT scores from 16% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 24 and 33. Math scores were between 24 and 30. Composite scores were between 25 and 31.

ACT English Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 24 to 33 )
ACT Math Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 24 to 30 )
ACT Composite Scores for University of Colorado Boulder  ( 25 to 31 )

Can I Afford University of Colorado Boulder?

$45,764 Net Price
29% Take Out Loans
1.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of CU - Boulder is $45,764. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At CU - Boulder, approximately 29% of students took out student loans averaging $9,658 a year. That adds up to $38,632 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at CU - Boulder is 1.1%. 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

28,463 Full-Time Undergraduates
46% Women
28% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 30,886 undergraduate students at CU - Boulder, with 28,463 being full-time and 2,423 being part-time.


There are also 8,114 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 28,463 full-time undergraduates at CU - Boulder, 54% are male and 46% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,756
Black or African American 465
Hispanic or Latino 3,743
White 19,359
International Students 1,067
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,073

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

4,180 Took All Classes Online
28,479 Took At Least One Class Online
206.5% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 3 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at CU - Boulder. In 2020-2021, 28,479 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.


This school is the 13th most popular in Colorado for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of CU - Boulder

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of Colorado Boulder was 206.5%. This is the #273 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at CU - Boulder regardless of major.

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%.


*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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