University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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Be Boulder
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 arts, culture, and entrepreneurship—a place where creativity happens. From our location in the heart of the city, CU Boulder produces some of the nation’s top innovators in these realms and is a major hub for the artistic community on the Front Range. Our talented faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way for the next generation of original thinkers.

• #1 smartest city in the nation (Bloomberg, 2017)
• Top 10 universities for sustainability (The Princeton Review, 2017)
• #1 happiest city in the United States (National Geographic, 2017)

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 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.

The College of Music is one of the country’s top public Music programs. Our talented and active faculty of musicians, composers, and scholars teach an impressive series of programs. Students can choose from several undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 23 fields of study and elective certificates in Music Technology and Entrepreneurship. The College’s distinctive combination of core educational programs with professional experiences prepares students for success.

Ensemble experiences include concert and jazz bands, choirs, and symphonic orchestras as well as chamber groups, pioneering world music ensembles, and a state-of-the-art laptop orchestra. Musical events range fromfully staged operas to early and new music performances.

The rich resources of a leading research university, providing students access to the liberal arts and numerous interdisciplinary opportunities, enhance this intensive musical training, and the close interaction with faculty equips students to develop their talents, refine their passions, and ultimately succeed in their professional endeavors.
• Faculty and alumni have received more than 30 Grammy awards and nominations.
• More than 150,000 volumes, score recordings, and periodicals are in the College’s music library.
• 400 public concerts are presented annually by students and faculty.
• The student-faculty ratio is 8:1.

The Department of Theatre and Dance fosters artistic discipline, exploration, creativity, and interpersonal communication. The undergraduate programs provide a balance of theory and practice through which students gain knowledge, critical insights, and performance skills. The department encourages production of student work and involvement in activities ranging from participation in productions to the presentation of individual creative work.

The Bachelor of Arts in Theatre offers academic courses and training opportunities in all aspects of theatre. For students with a wide range of interests and those who are considering double-majoring, the Theatre program is ideal. For highly talented students who aspire to professional careers in theatre, there is a more specialized and rigorous curriculum leading to a BFA. Students may choose from concentrations in Design and Technology, Musical Theatre, Performance, and Stage Management.

Our exciting and diversified Contemporary Dance program values and provides study in a range of styles and fusion of forms that influence and reflect the multifaceted nature of concert dance today. The curriculum, leading to a BA or BFA, develops concrete skills in performance and choreography and instills an appreciation of the role dance plays in human culture around the world.

CU Boulder is the home of the internationally renowned Colorado Shakespeare Festival (CSF), one of only two University-based groups in the world to have completed the entire canon of 37 plays. Full-scale productions of the Bard’s work are presented on campus each summer in the beautiful outdoor setting of the 1,000-seat Mary Rippon Theatre and in a 420-seat indoor theatre. Each year, actors, technicians, directors, and designers are selected from national and local auditions to be in the CSF Company.

There are also numerous off-campus and summer production opportunities. The CU Moving Company tours statewide, and the Theatre Outreach Tour travels the state each spring. Studentsalso work regularly with the CSF as actors, technicians, and dramaturgs.
• More than 170 undergraduate Theatre majors
• 11 full-length theatre productions each academic year
1,000+ total productions each season in drama, musical theatre, and dance

Be balanced
At CU Boulder, the hard work happening in our classrooms, labs, recital halls, and studios is passionately balancedwith enjoying the beauty that surrounds us. Appreciation for our iconic Rocky Mountain locale comes easily in Boulder. 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 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 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’re 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 andimmerse yourself in a campus environment full of extraordinary opportunities. Come to CU Boulder and discover who you can be.

#38 among the top 132 public colleges and universities in the nation
— U.S. News & World Report, 2019 


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

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

New first-Year Students

6,701 started in fall 2018
1,809 US students of color
994 first-generation students
268 international students
3,405 resident and 3,296 non-resident

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