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.
Community & Student Life
17 NCAA Division I, Pac-12 intercollegiate sports programs
450+ student clubs and organizations
12,900+ students participating in intramural sports
409 Education Abroad programs in 63 countries
6,000+ students serving each year through
CU Boulder Volunteer Resource Center
33,246 degree-seeking students
7,658 US students of color
3,124 international students
New freshmEn 2017–2018
6,570 started in fall 2017
1,749 US students of color
1,076 first-generation students
326 international students
3,380 resident and 3,190 non-resident
18:1 student-faculty ratio
8 colleges, schools, and programs
3,900+ academic courses
150 fields of study
110+ degree programs
91 undergraduate majors, 89 master’s majors, and 63 doctorate majors
11 research institutes and nearly 90 research centers
2,000+ undergraduates directly involved in faculty research
Be inspiredLocated 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. At 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 talente
d faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way for the next generation of original thinkers.
•#1 smartest city in America (Bloomberg, 2017)
•#1 best community for well-being (Gallup-Healthways, 2016)
•Rated a “best value” university every year since 2009 (USA Today and The Princeton Review)
Our emphasis on a customized education combined with our dynamic academic programs, hands-on learning opportunities, and rigorous course work are at the cornerstone 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.
Art and Art History
The Art History program encourages students to analyze art within many contexts and to examine diverse methodologies. A wide range of topics are taught, including Western art and architecture—ancient, medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, modern, and contemporary—and the art and architecture of Asia and the Americas (Colonial, Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Post-Colonial).
With nearly 1,000 undergraduate Art majors and 50 graduate students, Art Practices is a vibrant community of students, artists, and scholars. The 18 full-time Studio Arts faculty from six areas—including Ceramics, Foundations, IMAP (photography, digital media, video, integrated arts), Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture and Post-studio Practice—are highly active in their respective fields, from publishing important articles and books on contemporary art and theory to exhibiting in galleries and museums, participating in film and video festivals, and establishing non-traditional artist venues and opportunities.
The Visiting Artist Program is a vital component of the Department of Art and Art History and is one of the oldest programs of its kind. Each year, a diverse group of nationally and internationally recognized artists are invited to present their work and ideas to a large audience of students, faculty, and community members.
•The CU Art Museum began in 1939 and contains more than 6,000 works of art.
•The 170,000-sq. ft. state-of-the-art Visual Arts Complex opened in 2010 in the heart of campus.
•Take a virtual tour of all the facilities at cuart.colorado.edu/resources/explore-the-facilities.
Learn about the history and development of cinema as an art form and as cultural expression. Graduates develop an informed, analytical understanding of the medium’s aesthetics and impact on society and culture while also acquiring career-relevant technical proficiency on various film, video, and digital formats, post-production, screenwriting, and visual and media literacy.
Our distinguished faculty of scholars and working artists come from institutions as distinguished as the Massachusetts College of Art, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, New York University, and UCLA. A wide variety of artistic, academic, and extracurricular programs are hosted to enhance our students’ experience with a rounded arts-immersion experience. Among these are the International Film Series, the First Person Cinema Program, the Brakhage Center for Media Arts, and our association with the Boulder International Film Festival, as well as the Denver Film Festival.
Graduates have realized career opportunities in organizations such as the Sundance Institute, the Tribeca Film Festival, Indiewire, and The Hollywood Reporter; in network and cable television venues like NBC, National Geographic, HBO, and TLC; in hit shows like Glee, American Horror Story, and Mad Men; and in many hit movies like X-Men, Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Hobbit, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Boxtrolls, Gone Girl, Life of Pi, Silver Linings Playbook, and The Hateful Eight. Others have successfully pursued MA, MFA, and PhD degrees from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, NYU, UCLA, USC, University of London, and many others.
•Have access to one of the largest collections of 16mm film prints anywhere in the country.
•Enjoy a dedicated teaching theatre with 35mm, 16mm, and HD projection.
•Learn in the state-of-the-art
Alliance for Technology, Learning, and Society building in the center of campus.
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 location 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. 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.
CU Boulder graduates continue to Be Boulder as they enter the workforce or begin their graduate school education. With hands-on experience, a 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.
•74% of CU Boulder graduates are accepted into their first-choice graduate school.
•$50,000 median starting salary for students with CU Boulder bachelor’s degrees
•$89,900 median career salary for students with CU Boulder bachelor’s degrees
Live in spectacular surroundings and immerse yourself in a campus environment of extraordinary opportunities. Come to CU Boulder and discover who you can be.