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Undergrad Profile

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

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 smartest city in the nation (MarketWatch, 2015)

• #1 city to start a business (Forbes, 2015)

• #2 most innovative tech hub in the United States (Forbes, 2015)

• 87 companies have been founded based on technologies developed at CU Boulder since 1994, with 67 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 3,800 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.

• 95% of CU Boulder alumni employed, in graduate school, volunteering, or in military service six months after graduation

• Ranked fifth in the nation for graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers

• 18 NASA astronauts are CU Boulder affiliates

• 9,191 jobs and internships posted through Career Services

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. 




U.S. News & World Report, 2016

• #37 among the 120 top public colleges and universities in the nation 

• #2 in the world in geosciences 

U.S. News & World Report’s top national undergraduate programs, 2016

• Aerospace Engineering: #6 among public institutions, #10 overall 

• Business: #22 among public universities, #34 overall

• Chemical Engineering: #13 among public institutions, #20 overall 

• Civil Engineering: #11 among public institutions, #17 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

Nearly 300 community organizations in the Boulder/Denver area partner with CU’s Volunteer Resource Center


30,789 degree-seeking students

6,464 US students of color (21%)

2,558 international students (8%)

60% resident

40% non-resident

25,484 undergraduate

5,305 graduate

44% female

56% male

New freshmEn 2015–2016

6,208 started in fall 2015

3.62 average high school GPA

26.9 average ACT composite 

1188 average SAT total

24.3% US students of color

1,113 first-generation students (18%)

428 international students

3,298 resident and 2,910 non-resident


#1 four-year graduation rate for Colorado public universities

18:1 student-faculty ratio

85% of classes have fewer than 50 students

8 colleges, schools, and programs

33 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree programs  

90+ degree programs

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

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