University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

The University of Colorado Boulder, founded in 1876, is a comprehensive, public university. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, Leeds School of Business, College of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Music, College of Media, Communication and Information, School of Education, and Program in Environmental Design. Its 600-acre campus is located in Boulder, 27 miles northwest of Denver.

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University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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.


U.S. News & World Report 2019
• #38 among the 132 top public colleges and universities in the nation
• #1 in the world in geosciences

U.S. News & World Report’s top national undergraduate programs 2018
• Engineering—#16 among public institutions, #30 overall
• Aerospace Engineering—#8 among public institutions, #11 overall
• Chemical Engineering—#11 among public institutions, #17 overall
• Business—#20 among public universities, #31 overall

U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges for Veterans” 2018
• #52 among the top 132 public colleges and universities in the nation

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
4,700 transfer students
28,756 undergraduate
students of color
3,089 international students

18:1 student-faculty ratio
85% of classes with fewer than 50 students
9 colleges, schools, and programs
4,000+ academic courses
150 fields of study
40 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree programs 
110+ degree programs
91 undergraduate majors, 89 master’s majors, and 63 doctorate majors
30 minors and 29 certificate programs
12 research institutes and 75+ research centers
2,000+ undergraduates directly involved in faculty research

New transfer students 2018–2019
1,623 started in fall 2018
400 students of color
155 international students
962 resident and 661 non-resident

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. 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 US for female entrepreneurship (Version 2.0 Communications, 2017)
• Top 10 public university with 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—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.

CU Boulder has nine schools, colleges, 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; 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 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’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 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 truly passionate about.
• 92% of CU Boulder graduates were employed, in graduate school, or in military service within six months of graduation.
• 74% of CU Boulder graduates are accepted into their first-choice graduate school.
• $53,000 median starting salary for students with a CU Boulder bachelor’s degree
• $109,000 median career salary for students with a CU Boulder bachelor’s degree

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