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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)
• #1 metro area for female entrepreneurship (Fast Company, 2015)
• #2 most innovative tech hub in the US (Forbes, 2015)
• #18 most entrepreneurial university in the nation (Forbes, 2015)
• 87 companies 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—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.

The Leeds School of Business is the top-ranked Colorado business school offering undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral business programs. It is one of the best business schools in the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions of the US. You can earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with one of four areas of emphasis: Accounting, Finance, Management, or Marketing. You can also enhance your degree with one of seven certificate programs: Business of Sports, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Operations and Information Management, Quantitative Finance, Real Estate, or Socially Responsible Enterprise.
• 94% of 2015 business graduates were placed in a job within three months of graduation
• 88% of Leeds internships are paid
• 1,500+ students and 900+ professional mentors participate in Leeds’ four-year integrated mentoring experience

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.
• Eight global initiative programs give Leeds
students the opportunity to travel and learn about international business
Nearly 200 business students participate in the Leeds First-Year Global Experience program yearly—offered in 10 countries
• 20 business clubs and organizations
• One residential community for first-year business students that provides rigorous in-house business courses in a small classroom setting

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 are em
ployed, 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.




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, 2016
• #37 among the top 120 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% nonresident
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 nonresident

#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

leeds school of business 2015–2016
643 freshmen started in fall 2015
HS GPA: 3.54–4.0
Percentile rank: 71%–92%
SAT (prior to March 2016)*: 1200–1320
* Math and Critical Reading
SAT (March 2016 & beyond)*: 1270–1380
* Math and Evidence-Based Reading & Writing
ACT Composite: 27–31
529 transfer students starting in fall 2015