University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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Be here at CU Boulder

At the University of Colorado Boulder, more than 2,900 international students from over 100 countries find home in a dynamic and diverse community of scholars and students. As a Tier 1 research university located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, CU Boulder is one of only 36 US public research universities in the prestigious Association of American Universities. CU Boulder’s faculty and staff help all students fulfill their potential and achieve their academic and career goals through world-class teaching, research, and service to the global society.

The city of Boulder is a leading force in research, technology, and entrepreneurship—a place where innovation happens. From our location in the heart of the city, CU Boulder produces some of the best and brightest minds in these industries and is a primary source of Colorado’s highly skilled workforce. CU Boulder’s talented faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring innovative, humanitarian, and social enterprises. 

At CU Boulder, hard work happens in our classrooms, labs, recital halls, and studios and is complemented by the remarkable beauty that surrounds us. Appreciation for our iconic Rocky Mountain locale comes easily in Boulder, and as a result, we have one of the most active college campuses in the nation with recreation, sports, and student groups playing 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. 



Top 50 university for National Science Foundation research funding


Top 100 in National Universities | U.S. News & World Report


#61 in Best Colleges for Veterans | U.S. News & World Report


Top 50 Best Value Public Schools | The Princeton Review


Included in the Guide to Green Colleges list | The Princeton Review


Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, BOULDER, COLORADO, is known as one of the best places to live in the United States, with 300+ days of sunshine per year. Boulder is easily accessible with over 80 miles of bike and pedestrian paths, a convenient public transportation system, and close proximity to Denver International Airport, which services many non-stop flights around the world.

CU Boulder At A Glance

Type of School: Public research university 

Size of Campus: 786 acres

Number of Students: 34,975 degree-seeking students; 28,978 undergraduate students, 5,997 graduate students; 2,915 international students; 9,161 US students of color; 59.7% resident, 40% non-resident; 54.6% male, 45.4% female

Number of Faculty: 4,500+ academic and research faculty; 18:1 faculty-student ratio; 85% of classes with fewer than 50 students

Colleges, programs, and degrees:
• 9 colleges, schools, and independent programs
• 4,300+ academic courses in 150 fields of study
• 110+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs
• 97 undergraduate, 83 master’s, and 61 doctorate majors
• 32 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree programs
• 68 minors and 41 certificate programs
• 12 research institutes and 75+ research centers

Geographic Diversity: 2,900+ degree-seeking international students; 138 international first-year students from 100+ countries

International Student Services: International Student and Scholar Services provides holistic services to support you throughout your program, including immigration advising, assistance with cultural adjustment, advocacy on campus and with governmental agents and entities, and programming to foster involvement in the campus community. ISSS also provides educational, social, and cultural programs for the international population to foster their engagement on campus and in the local community. Programs include CU International, International Peer Mentors, the International Festival, and many student clubs and organizations.

International Student Budget: The estimated annual cost is $62,094, covering tuition and fees, on-campus room and board, health insurance, and books and supplies.

Financial Aid: International students are eligible for a few highly selective merit-based CU Boulder scholarships, but they must submit official ACT or SAT scores with their complete application by January 15 to be considered.

Test Score Requirements:
• TOEFL/IELTS minimum English proficiency scores
   - Engineering majors: TOEFL 83, IELTS 6.5, Duolingo 105
   - Other majors: TOEFL 75, IELTS 6.5, Duolingo 100

SAT/ACT scores*
   - Business majors: SAT 1300–1410, ACT 29–32
   - Engineering majors: SAT 1310–1480, ACT 29–34
   - Other majors: SAT 1170–1370, ACT 26–32

* SAT or ACT scores are only required for students interested in being considered for merit-based scholarships.

Application Deadlines and Fees:
• Early Action deadline: November 15
• Regular Decision deadline: January 15

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