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
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 area for female entrepreneurship (Fast Company, 2015)
• #2 most innovative tech hub in the US (Forbes, 2015)
• 87 companies founded based on technologies developed at CU Boulder since 1994, with 67 still in operation
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 91% of CU Boulder graduates were employed or in graduate school six months after graduation.
• 77% of CU Boulder graduates are accepted into their first-choice graduate school.
• $50,000 median starting salary of students with bachelor’s degrees
• $89,900 median career salary of students with bachelor’s degrees
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, 2017
• #38 among the 133 top public colleges and universities in the nation
• #2 in the world in geosciences
U.S. News & World Report’s top national undergraduate programs, 2017
• Aerospace Engineering—#8 among public institutions, #12 overall
• Business—#21 among public universities, #32 overall
• Chemical Engineering—#12 among public institutions, #18 overall
U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans, 2017
• #27 among the 133 top public colleges and universities in the nation
Community & Student Life
15 NCAA Division I, Pac-12 intercollegiate sports programs
400+ student clubs and organizations
30+ competitive club sports
10+ intramural sports
6,000+ students serving each year through CU Boulder Volunteer Resource Center
New transfer students 2016–2017
1,203 started in fall 2016
271 US students of color
153 international students
747 resident and 456 non-resident
31,861 degree-seeking students
4,200 transfer students
6,956 US students of color
3,034 international students
18:1 student-faculty ratio
85% of classes with fewer than 50 students
8 colleges, schools, and programs
3,900+ academic courses
150 fields of study
34 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s
110+ 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