University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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It’s not about what you want to do, where you want to live, or what you want to accomplish. It’s about who you want to be.

Be inspired
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. From our location in 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 scientific, humanitarian, and social enterprises.

• #1 smartest city in America (Bloomberg, 2017)

• Top 10 best places for tech opportunities (NerdWallet, 2017)

• #1 metro in the United States for female entrepreneurship (Version 2.0 Communications, 2017)

• Top 10 public universities with the most start-up founders (TechCrunch, 2019)

• 103 new companies founded based on technologies developed at CU Boulder since 1994

Be challenged
Our emphasis on a customized education combined with our dynamic academic programs, hands-on learning opportunities, and rigorous coursework are the cornerstones of the CU Boulder student experience. Within our supportive learning community, you’ll interact with our exceptional faculty—including Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Genius Grant Fellows, US Professor of the Year awardees, and National Medal of Science winners—who will listen, question, and help 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 nine colleges, schools, and programs: the 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; the Program in Environmental Design; and the Program in Exploratory Studies. Among them, we offer more than 4,000 academic courses across 150 fields of study, enabling you to create an academic experience that is totally unique to you. 

Be balanced
At CU Boulder, the hard work happening in our classrooms, labs, recital halls, and studios is complemented by the remarkable beauty that surrounds us. Appreciation for our iconic Rocky Mountain locale comes easily in Boulder, and as a result, 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. You’ll find many ways to get involved and make lifelong friends within our inclusive community. And you’ll have the opportunity to serve the greater good through volunteerism and civic engagement, whether it’s around the world or across the street.

Be prepared
CU Boulder students are encouraged to customize their education to their unique interests by taking classes across academic disciplines so they’ll be ready to contribute to today’s rapidly changing world. With their hands-on experience, world-class education, and ability to think critically, globally, and creatively, graduates benefit from a strong salary potential, high employment rates, and the opportunity to find and excel in careers they are truly passionate about.

• 92% of CU Boulder graduates were employed or in grad school within six months of graduation.

• 74% of CU Boulder graduates are accepted to their first-choice grad school.

• $53,000 median starting salary for grads with a CU Boulder bachelor’s

• $109,000 median career salary for grads with a CU Boulder bachelor’s

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


New first-year students 2018–2019
6,701 started in fall 2018
1,787 US students of color 
994 first-generation students 
268 international students 
3,405 resident and 3,296 non-resident
3.52–4.0 high school GPA (of middle 50% 2019 admitted students)
1180–1380 SAT total score (of middle 50% 2019 admitted students)
25–32 ACT composite score (of middle 50% 2019 admitted students)

Community & Student Life
17 NCAA Division I, Pac-12 intercollegiate sports programs
525+ student clubs and organizations
11,100+ students participating in intramural sports
450 Education Abroad programs in 66 countries
6,000+ students serving each year through CU Boulder Volunteer Resource Center

18:1 student-faculty ratio
9 colleges, schools, and programs
4,000+ academic courses
150 fields of study
110+ degree programs
91 undergraduate, 89 master’s, and 63 doctorate majors
12 research institutes and nearly 75+ research centers
2,000+ undergraduates directly involved in faculty research

34,510 degree-seeking students
28,756 undergraduate students
5,754 graduate students
8,261 US students of color
3,089 international students
58% resident
42% non-resident
44% female
56% male

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