v. The act of reaching your fullest potential by surrounding yourself with a community that will support you, participating in experiences that will challenge you, and living in an environment that will inspire you
The University of Colorado Boulder, home to more than 3,000 international students from 96 countries and one of the most spectacular college campuses in the nation, is a dynamic community of scholars and students. As one of only 34 US public research universities belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities, CU Boulder has an established reputation for world-class teaching, research, and service to the global society.
Located at the base 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 innovative, humanitarian, and social enterprises.
At the cornerstone of your experience are CU Boulder’s innovative academic programs, hands-on opportunities, and rigorous course work that will prepare you for a complex global society. Within the supportive learning community you’ll interact with world-renowned faculty—which include Nobel Laureates, MacArthur “Genius Grant” Fellows, US Professor of the Year awardees, and National Medal of Science winners—who will be listening, questioning, and helping you refine your ideas so you can develop a broad understanding of the world, strong leadership skills, and an enhanced ability to think critically.
CU Boulder has eight colleges, schools, and programs: College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering and Applied Science; College of Media, Communication, and Information; College of Music; Leeds School of Business; School of Education; School of Law; and the Program in Environmental Design. Amongst them CU Boulder offers more than 3,800 academic courses across 150 fields of study, enabling you to create an academic experience that is unique to you.
CU Boulder has one of the most active college campuses in the nation, where recreation, sports, and student groups play key roles in the unique CU Boulder experience. Within CU’s inclusive community, you’ll find many ways to get involved and make lifelong friends. And you will have the opportunity to serve the greater good through volunteerism and civic engagement, whether it’s around the world or across the street.
CU Boulder graduates continue to Be Boulder as they enter the workforce or begin their graduate school education. With their hands-on experience, world-class education, and the ability to think critically, globally, and creatively, they benefit from a strong salary potential, high employment rates, and the opportunity to find and excel in a career they are passionate about.
• 287,665 CU Boulder alumni live worldwide in all 50 states, most US territories, and 142 countries.
• 91% of CU Boulder graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
• 77% of CU Boulder graduates are accepted into their first-choice graduate school.
Live in spectacular surroundings and learn in a campus environment of extraordinary opportunities. Come to CU Boulder and discover the possibilities.
Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder, Colorado, is known as one of the best places to live in the US, with 300+ days of sunshine per year. Boulder is easily accessible with over 80 miles of bike and pedestrian paths, a convenient public transportation system, and close proximity to Denver International Airport, servicing many non-stop flights around the world.
Type of SCHOOL: Public research university
Size of Campus: 786 acres
Number of Students:
31,861 degree-seeking students
3,050 international students (9.5%)
7,035 US students of color (21.8%)
Number of Faculty: 2,166 academic faculty; 1,984 research faculty
Colleges, programs, and degrees:
8 colleges, schools, and programs
3,800 academic courses
150+ academic fields of study
90+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs
33 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree programs
84 bachelor’s majors, 71 master’s majors, and 64 doctorate majors
30+ minors and 25+ undergraduate certificate programs
11 research institutes and nearly 90 research centers
Geographic Diversity: 3,000+ degree-seeking international students, 484 international freshmen, students from 96 countries
International Student Services:
International Student Budget: Estimated annual cost and tuition is $55,861, covering tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, health insurance, and books and supplies.
Financial Aid: International students are eligible for a few highly selective merit-based CU Boulder scholarships but must submit official ACT or SAT scores with their complete admission application by January 15 to be considered.
Test Score Requirements: TOEFL/IELTS minimum English proficiency scores: Engineering TOEFL 83, IELTS 6.5; other majors TOEFL 75, IELTS 6.5; Engineering SAT (prior to March 2016) 1120–1420, SAT (March 2016 and beyond) 1290–1470, ACT 29–33; other majors SAT (prior to March 2016) 1120–1320, SAT (March 2016 and beyond) 1190–1380, ACT 25–31; SAT/ACT scores only required if interested in consideration for merit-based scholarship
Application Deadlines and Fees: Early Action deadline: November 15; Regular Decision deadline: January 15
U.S. News & World Report, 2017
• #38 among the 133 top public colleges and universities in the nation
• #2 in the world in geosciences
U.S. News & World Report’s top national undergraduate programs, 2017
• Aerospace Engineering: #8 among public institutions, #12 overall
• Business: #21 among public universities, #32 overall
• Chemical Engineering: #12 among public institutions, #18 overall
• Civil Engineering: #11 among public institutions, #17 overall
New Freshmen 2016–2017
6,439 started in fall 2016
3.66 average high school GPA
27.3 average ACT composite
1191 average SAT total
484 international students (7.5%)
1,674 US students of color (28.1%)
3,298 Colorado residents (59.1%)
Community & Student Life
17 NCAA Division I, Pac-12 intercollegiate sports programs
450+ student clubs and organizations
30+ competitive club sports
10+ intramural sports
7,500+ students participate in intramural sports
2,000+ students served through Volunteer Resource Center programs
400 study abroad programs in 65 countries