Be Boulder
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



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 

• Chemical Engineering—#12 among public institutions, #18 overall 

• Business—#21 among public universities, #32 overall

Community & Student Life

17 NCAA Division I, Pac-12 intercollegiate sports programs

400+ student clubs and organizations

30+ competitive club sports

10+ intramural sports

6,000+ students serving each year through CU Boulder Volunteer Resource Center


31,861 degree-seeking students

6,956 US students of color

3,034 international students

60% resident

40% non-resident

26,433 undergraduate

5,428 graduate

44% female

56% male

New freshmEn 2016–2017

6,439 started in fall 2016

1,674 US students of color 

1,098 first-generation students 

484 international students 

3,349 resident and 3,090 non-resident

3.43–4.0 high school GPA (of middle 50% 2017 admitted students)

1180–1350 SAT total (of middle 50% 2017 admitted students)

25–31 ACT composite (of middle 50% 2017 admitted students)


18:1 student-faculty ratio

8 colleges, schools, and programs

3,900+ academic courses

150 fields of study

110+ degree programs

84 undergraduate majors, 71 master’s majors, and 64 doctorate majors

34 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s
degree programs  

30 minors and 29 certificate programs

11 research institutes and nearly 90 research centers

2,000+ undergraduates directly
involved in faculty research

400 study abroad programs in 65 countries

Be surrounded
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. Our talented faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring innovative, humanitarian, and social enterprises.

• #1 city to start a business (Forbes, 2015)
• #1 area for female entrepreneurship (Fast Company, 2015)
• #2 most innovative tech hub in the US (Forbes, 2015)
• 92 new companies have been founded based on technologies developed at CU Boulder since 1994, with 72 still in operation.

Be challenged
At the cornerstone of your experience are our innovative academic programs, hands-on opportunities, and rigorous course work that will prepare you for a complex global society. Within our supportive learning community you’ll interact with our faculty—who 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 we offer more than 3,900 academic courses across 150 fields of study, enabling you to create an academic experience that is totally unique to you.

Be inspired
At CU Boulder, the hard work happening in our classrooms, labs, recital halls, and studios is passionately balanced with enjoying the beauty that surrounds us. We have 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 our 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.

Be invested
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.

• 91% of CU Boulder graduates were employed or in graduate school six months after graduation.
• 77% of CU Boulder graduates are accepted into their first-choice graduate school.
• $50,000 median starting salary of students with bachelor’s degrees
• $89,900 median career salary of students with bachelor’s degrees

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