29,091
Students
Financial aid thermometer
16,699
Avg. Financial Aid
Moderate
Admission Difficulty
79
28861/36149
Acceptance Rate
Suburban setting
Suburban
Setting
Interested?

Interested in University of Colorado Boulder? Admissions officers are waiting to hear from you!

Get More Info

Overview

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

Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Boulder is a leading force in research, technology and entrepreneurship—a place where innovation happens. At the heart of the city, CU Boulder produces some of the best and brightest in these industries and is a primary source of Colorado’s highly skilled workforce. CU Boulder’s talented faculty, students and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring scientific, humanitarian and social enterprises.

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 fields of study. 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
  • 9 recipients of MacArthur “genius grant” fellows
  • 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:

  • 91 undergraduate majors
  • 50+ minors and 29 certificate programs
  • 37 concurrent Bachelor's/Master's degree programs
  • One of only 34 U.S. public research universities in the Association of American Universities (AAU)
  • More than 2,000 undergraduate students are directly involved in faculty research
  • CU Boulder offers 409 Education Abroad programs in 63 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 450 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. 6,000+ students serve each year through CU Boulder Volunteer Resource Center.

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 in America (Best College Reviews)
  • #1 happiest city in America
  • #2 best community for well-being (Gallup-Healthways)
  • #1 smartest city in the nation (MarketWatch)
  • #3 volunteer rate for mid-size city (Corporation for National and Community Service)
  • #3 best U.S. city for young adults (MSN Money)
  • #18 most entrepreneurial university in the nation (Forbes)
  • 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.

  • 103 new companies have been founded based on technologies developed at CU Boulder since 1994 CU Boulder is ranked 5th in the nation for graduates serving in the Peace Corps
  • 18 NASA astronauts are CU Boulder affiliates (alumni, postdocs or faculty)
  • More than 14,000 employers have posted 20,000 jobs for CU Boulder graduates from 2014 to 2016.
  • 91% of CU Boulder graduates were employed of in graduate school within 6 months of graduation
  • 74% of CU Boulder graduates are accepted into their first-choice graduate schools

Live in spectacular surroundings and immerse yourself in a campus environment of extraordinary opportunities. Come to CU Boulder and discover who you can be.

Location & Contact

Address Regent Administrative Center 125
552 UCB
Boulder, CO  80309
United States
Contact Admissions Office
Email: apply@colorado.edu
Phone: 303-492-6301
Fax: 303-735-2501

Majors & Degrees

Architecture And Related Services Associate Bachelors
Environmental Design/architecture Checkmark
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, And Gender Studies Associate Bachelors
Asian Studies Checkmark
Ethnic Studies Checkmark
Russian Studies Checkmark
Women's Studies Checkmark
Biological And Biomedical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Biochemistry Checkmark
Cell And Molecular Biology Checkmark
Ecology And Evolutionary Biology Checkmark
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics And Population Biology Related Checkmark
Neuroscience Checkmark
Physiology Checkmark
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services Associate Bachelors
Accounting Checkmark
Business Administration And Management Checkmark
Finance Checkmark
Management Information Systems Checkmark
Marketing/marketing Management Checkmark
Communication, Journalism And Related Programs Associate Bachelors
Communication And Media Related Checkmark
Journalism Related Checkmark
Mass Communication/media Checkmark
Public Relations, Advertising, And Applied Communication Checkmark
Speech Communication And Rhetoric Checkmark
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services Associate Bachelors
Computer Science Checkmark
Information Science/studies Checkmark
Education Associate Bachelors
Elementary Education Checkmark
Music Teacher Education Checkmark
Engineering Associate Bachelors
Aerospace, Aeronautical And Astronautical/space Engineering Checkmark
Architectural Engineering Checkmark
Biochemical Engineering Checkmark
Chemical Engineering Checkmark
Civil Engineering Checkmark
Computer Engineering Checkmark
Electrical And Electronics Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Checkmark
Engineering Physics/applied Physics Checkmark
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering Checkmark
Mechanical Engineering Checkmark
English Language And Literature/Letters Associate Bachelors
English Checkmark
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics Associate Bachelors
Chinese Checkmark
Classics And Classical Languages Checkmark
French Checkmark
Germanic Languages Checkmark
Italian Checkmark
Japanese Checkmark
Linguistics Checkmark
Spanish Checkmark
Health Professions And Related Clinical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Communication Sciences And Disorders Checkmark
History Associate Bachelors
History Checkmark
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities Associate Bachelors
Humanities Checkmark
Mathematics And Statistics Associate Bachelors
Applied Mathematics Checkmark
Mathematics Checkmark
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Bachelors
International/global Studies Checkmark
Multi/interdisciplinary Studies Related Checkmark
Natural Resources And Conservation Associate Bachelors
Environmental Studies Checkmark
Philosophy And Religious Studies Associate Bachelors
Jewish/Judaic Studies Checkmark
Philosophy Checkmark
Religious Studies Checkmark
Physical Sciences Associate Bachelors
Astronomy Checkmark
Atmospheric Sciences And Meteorology Checkmark
Chemistry Checkmark
Geology/earth Science Checkmark
Physics Checkmark
Psychology Associate Bachelors
Psychology Checkmark
Public Administration And Social Service Professions Associate Bachelors
Community Organization And Advocacy Checkmark
Social Sciences Associate Bachelors
Anthropology Checkmark
Economics Checkmark
Geography Checkmark
Political Science And Government Checkmark
Sociology Checkmark
Visual And Performing Arts Associate Bachelors
Art History, Criticism And Conservation Checkmark
Dance Checkmark
Dramatic/theater Arts Checkmark
Film/cinema/video Studies Checkmark
Fine/studio Arts Checkmark
Music Checkmark
Music Performance Checkmark

Admissions

Acceptance Rate

36,149
Applied
28,861
Accepted
29,091
Enrolled
80%
Female icon

Female Admissions

17,294
Females Applied
14,294
Females Accepted
83%
Acceptance Rate
Male icon

Male Admissions

18,855
Males Applied
14,567
Males Accepted
77%
Acceptance Rate

Applying

50
Application Fee
3.65
Avg. high school GPA for freshman
Admission Requirements
Required Transcript of high school record
Essay
One recommendation
Required for some programs Other requirements may exist (see below)
Recommended A minimum high school GPA of 3
Other requirements: Audition for music program

Application Deadlines

Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
Fall freshmen January 15th April 1st
Other early decision plan November 15th February 1st
Transfer March 1st March 1st Yes

Test Scores Accepted

Test Avg. Score Accepted 25th PercentileInfo icon 75th PercentileInfo icon
SAT Critical Reading 580 665
SAT Math 570 680
ACT Composite 27 25 30

Tuition & Fees

Money icon

Tuition

10,728
In-state
35,482
Out-of-state
Fees icon

Fees

1,804
Full-time student fees
14,418
Room & board
Calculator icon

Other Payment Considerations

Guaranteed tuition plan offered Yes
Tuition pre-payment plan No
Tuition payment plans offered Yes
Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuition Senior Citizens
Employees

Financial Aid

16,699
Avg. Financial Aid Package
15,834
Avg. Freshman Financial Aid Package
19,715
Avg. International Student Financial Aid Package
6,578
Avg. Loan Aid
9,134
Avg. Grant Aid
11,091
Avg. Scholarship and/or Grant Aid awarded
97% Percentage of students with need who receive financial aid
80%
Avg. Percentage of Financial Need Met
40%
Percentage of Students Who Had Their Need Fully Met

Student Body

29,091
Total undergrad students
7%
International Students
42%
Out-of-state students

Race/Ethnicity

Hispanic/Latino 11.77%
Black or African American 1.65%
White or Caucasian 67.55%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0.18%
Asian 5.61%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.07%
Two or more races 5.37%
Other 0.62%

Gender

Male (55.8%)
Female (44.2%)

Campus Life

Housing

Type
College-owned housing Yes
Housing requirements Yes
Housing options Co-ed housing
Disabled housing
Freshman car parking
% of undergrad students who live in college housing 28%

Student Activities

Student-run campus newspaper Checkmark
Drama/theatre group Checkmark
Student-run radio station Checkmark
Student-run television station Checkmark
Marching band Checkmark
Choral groups Checkmark
Campus events:
Conference on World Affairs, Parents' Weekend and Global Jam

Student Services

Legal services Checkmark
Health clinic Checkmark
Personal/psychological counseling Checkmark
Women's center Checkmark
International students advisor Checkmark

Student Organizations

Greek fraternities Checkmark
Greek sororities Checkmark
Local fraternities Checkmark
Local sororities Checkmark
Most popular organizations:
Student Government, CU Gaming, Boulder Freeride, Neuroscience Club and Association of Holistic Wellness

Campus Security & Safety

24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services Checkmark
24-hour patrols by trained officers Checkmark
Student patrols Checkmark
Late-night transport/escort services Checkmark
Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Checkmark
Other Campus Security & Safety:
University police department, LifeLine Response app connecting to police dispatch center

Athletics

Male icon

Men's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Checkmark No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Checkmark No
Football No Division 1A Checkmark
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Checkmark No
Racquetball No Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Skiing (cross-country) No Division 1 Checkmark
Skiing (downhill) No Division 1 Checkmark
Soccer Checkmark Checkmark No
Softball No No No
Swimming And Diving No Checkmark No
Tennis Checkmark Checkmark No
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon No Checkmark No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Checkmark No
Water Polo Checkmark Checkmark No
Wrestling No Checkmark No
Female icon

Women's Sports

Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
Badminton Checkmark No No
Baseball No Checkmark No
Basketball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Cheerleading No Checkmark No
Crew No Checkmark No
Cross-country Running No Division 1 Checkmark
Equestrian Sports No Checkmark No
Fencing No Checkmark No
Field Hockey No Checkmark No
Football No No No
Golf No Division 1 Checkmark
Ice Hockey Checkmark Checkmark No
Lacrosse No Division 1 Checkmark
Racquetball No Checkmark No
Rugby No Checkmark No
Skiing (cross-country) No Division 1 Checkmark
Skiing (downhill) No Division 1 Checkmark
Soccer Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Softball No Checkmark No
Swimming And Diving No Checkmark No
Tennis Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Track And Field No Division 1 Checkmark
Triathlon No Checkmark No
Ultimate Frisbee Checkmark Checkmark No
Volleyball Checkmark Division 1 Checkmark
Water Polo Checkmark Checkmark No
Wrestling No Checkmark No
Youtube