University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO
location
Public
type
Suburban
setting
44%
56%
student ratio
26,426
total students
$9,048 | $31,410
in-state | out-of-state tuition
January 15
fall application deadline
84%
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
601
sat math
579
sat reading
Not
Reported
sat writing
27
act composite

Overview

Be inspired. Be unique. Be driven. Be Boulder.

Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the University of Colorado Boulder has a breathtaking view from campus. But, don't just come for the view.

Come to be a part of CU-Boulder's flourishing and diverse community, its curious and innovative academic environment and to make connections that will play a role throughout your life. Come to realize the promise of your own potential.

Academics

CU-Boulder and its nationally and internationally ranked faculty have built a global reputation for outstanding teaching, research, and creative work across more than 150 academic fields

CU-Boulder faculty are leaders in their fields, but are also dedicated to working closely with undergraduate students. Among faculty members, there are:

- The 2004 and 2013 National Professor of the Year

- 5 Nobel Laureates

- 8 recipients of MacArthur Fellowships (also known as the "Genius Grant")

- 19 Rhodes Scholars

- 89 faculty who are part of the National Academies of Science, Arts and Sciences, Engineering or Education

- 100+ Fulbright fellows

While working with faculty, students develop a broad understanding of the world, strong leadership skills, and an enhanced ability to think critically. At CU-Boulder, students can customize their education to fit their unique goals and interests. Options range from:

- 82 undergraduate majors.

- 30 minors and 35 certificate programs.

- 33 concurrent Bachelor's/Master's degree programs.

- Internships. More than 2,500 internships were posted through CU-Boulder's Career Services Office in 2014.

- Research. More than 2,000 undergraduate students are directly involved in faculty research.

- Study Abroad. CU-Boulder offers 370 programs in more than 65 countries.

Student Life

Within CU-Boulder's inclusive community, there are many ways to get involved and make lifelong friends. CU-Boulder has one of the most active college campuses in the nation, where recreation, sports, and student groups play a key role in the unique CU-Boulder experience. And, students have the opportunity to serve the greater good through volunteerism and civic engagement, whether it's around the world or across the street.

- More than 300 student clubs and organizations: major specific, honor societies, cultural clubs, Greek societies, and recreational activities.

- 31 competitive club sports, including crew, hockey, snowboarding, and swimming.

- 12+ intramural sports to take on other CU-Boulder students in sports like broomball, inner tube water polo, and flag football.

- Hundreds of volunteer opportunities. Each year, 13,500 CU-Boulder students participate in community service.

Considered one of the most beautiful campuses anywhere, CU-Boulder sits at the base of the Flatiron Mountains in scenic Boulder with the majestic Rocky Mountains to the West and the city of Denver a short drive to the East.

But, it is more than just location, Boulder has also been rated:

- #1 college town, "Best College Reviews, 2014"

- #2 best community for well-being, "Gallup-Healthways," 2014

- #3 volunteer rate for mid-size city, "Corporation for National and Community Service," 2013

- Best city for start-ups four years in a row, "Bloomberg Business Week," "Entrepreneur," "CNN Money"

- One of five secret foodie cities, "Forbes"

Fulfilling Life

CU-Boulder's innovative academic programs, hands-on opportunities, and rigorous coursework will prepare you for a complex global society. CU-Boulder graduates go on to work for top companies and to do amazing things.

- 82 new companies have been founded based on technologies developed at CU-Boulder since 1994. 65 are still in operation.

- CU-Boulder is ranked 6th in the nation for graduates serving in the Peace Corps. More than 2,400 CU-Boulder alumni have been Peace Corps volunteers, making the university the number 5 volunteer-producing school of all time.

- 18 NASA astronauts are CU-Boulder affiliates (alumni, postdocs or faculty).

- 11,600 companies recruit CU-Boulder students and graduates for internships and jobs.

Live in spectacular surroundings and learn in a campus environment of extraordinary opportunities.

Come to CU-Boulder and discover who you can be.


Location & Contact


Boulder, CO 80309
USA

Admissions Office

Phone: 303-492-6301
Fax: 303-735-2501
Email: apply@colorado.edu

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Bachelor's
Associate's
  • Architecture
    • Environmental Design/Architecture
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Area and ethnic studies
    • Asian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Russian Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Women's Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biochemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Neuroscience
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physiology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Finance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Management Information Systems
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Advertising
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Broadcast Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Communication and Media Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Journalism
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Music Teacher Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Engineering
    • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Architectural Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Biochemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Civil Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mechanical Engineering
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Foreign languages and literature
    • Chinese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Classics and Classical Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • French
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Germanic Languages
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Italian
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Japanese
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Linguistics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Spanish
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Communication Sciences and Disorders
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • History
    • History
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Humanities
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Mathematics and statistics
    • Applied Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Mathematics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Philosophy and religious studies
    • Jewish/Judaic Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Philosophy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Religious Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Physical sciences
    • Astronomy
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Chemistry
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geology/Earth Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Physics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Economics
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Geography
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Sociology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fine/Studio Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Music Performance
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.

Admissions

84% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied28,768
    • Accepted24,230
    • Acceptance Rate84%
    • Enrolled26,426
    • Female Applicants13,157
    • Females Accepted11,397
    • Female Acceptance Rate86%
    • Male Applicants15,611
    • Males Accepted12,833
    • Male Acceptance Rate82%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
    • Required for Some audition for music program
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.58
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st --
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer March 1st March 1st --
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 579 520 630
    • SAT Math 601 540 660
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 27 24 30
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$9,048
    • Out-of-state tuition *$31,410
    • In-district tuitionNot Reported
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,741
    • Room and board *$12,810
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredDeferred payments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees, Senior Citizens

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students26,426
    • Male Student Percentage56%
    • Female Student Percentage44%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino10.07%
    • Black or African American1.59%
    • White or Caucasian72.27%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.27%
    • Asian5.38%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.07%
    • Two or more races4.26%
    • Unknown1.09%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International Breakout5% representing 107 other countries
    • Out-of-state Students38% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Coed housing , Special housing for disabled
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 29%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station Yes
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band Yes
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services Yes
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center Yes
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities Yes
    • Greek sororities Yes
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations student government, Environmental Center, Ski and Snowboard Club, AIESEC (international leadership organization), Program Council
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Yes
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other University police department

Athletics

Member of the: NCAA Division I
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No Division C No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Yes No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division C No
    • Football No Division A Yes
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division C No
    • Racquetball No Division C No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division 1 Yes
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division 1 Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division C No
    • Softball No No No
    • Swimming No Division C No
    • Tennis Yes Division C No
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division C No
    • Water polo Yes Division C No
    • Wrestling No Division C No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Baseball No No No
    • Basketball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Cheerleading No Yes No
    • Crew No Division C No
    • Cross-country running No Division 1 Yes
    • Equestrian sports No Division C No
    • Fencing No Division C No
    • Field hockey No Division C No
    • Football No No No
    • Golf No Division 1 Yes
    • Ice hockey Yes Division C No
    • Lacrosse No Division 1 Yes
    • Racquetball No Division C No
    • Rugby No Division C No
    • Skiing No Division 1 Yes
    • Skiing (cross-country) No Division 1 Yes
    • Soccer Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Softball No Division C No
    • Swimming No Division C No
    • Tennis Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Track No Division 1 Yes
    • Ultimate Frisbee Yes Division C No
    • Volleyball Yes Division 1 Yes
    • Water polo Yes Division C No
    • Wrestling No No No

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty1,927
    • Full-time Percentage74%
    • Part-time Percentage26%
    • Female Percentage38%
    • Male Percentage62%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio18:1 or 31,784 students to 1,841 faculty


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