University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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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 successful
The University of Colorado Boulder, home to more than 3,100 international students from 106 countries, has a dynamic and diverse community of scholars and students. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, CU Boulder’s Tier 1 research university is one of only 34 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.

Be inspired
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. CU Boulder’s talented faculty, students, and alumni are leading the way for the next generation by inspiring innovative, humanitarian, and social enterprises.

Be challenged
Our emphasis on a customized education combined with our dynamicac ademic programs, hands-on learning opportunities, and rigorous coursework are at the cornerstone of the CUBoulder student experience. Within our supportive learning community, you’ll interact with our exceptional faculty—who 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: the 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 Programin Environmental Design. Among them, we offer more than 3,900 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 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, where recreation, sports, andstudent 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 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, they benefit from a strong salary potential,high employment rates, and the opportunity to find and excel in a career they’re passionate about.
287,665 CU Boulder alumni worldwide in all 50 states, most US territories, and 142 countries
94% of CU Boulder international graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
85% of employed CU Boulder international graduates find jobs in the US.
77% of CU Boulder international graduates were employed by graduation.

Be here
Live in spectacular surroundings and learn in a campus environment of extraordinary opportunities. Come to CU Boulder and discover the possibilities. 


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, servicing many non-stop flights around the world.


Type of School: Public research university

Size of Campus: 786 acres

Number of Students:
33,246 degree-seeking students
3,124 international students
7,658 US students of color
27,665 undergraduate
5,581 graduate
60% resident
40% non-resident
56% male
44% female

Number of Faculty: 2,166 academic faculty members; 1,984 research faculty members; 18:1 student-faculty ratio; 85% of classes with fewer than 50 students

Colleges, programs, and degrees:
8 colleges, schools, and programs
3,900+ academic courses
150 fields of study
110+ degree programs
91 undergraduate, 89 master’s, and 63 doctorate majors
37 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree programs 
30 minors and 29 certificate programs
11 research institutes and nearly 90 research centers
2,000+ undergraduates directly involved in faculty research

Geographic Diversity: 3,000+ degree-seeking international students; 484 international freshmen; students from 96 countries

International Student Services:

International Student Budget: Estimated annual cost is $55,861, 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 must submit official ACT or SAT scores with their complete admission application by January 15 to be considered.

Test Score Requirements: TOEFL/IELTS minimum English proficiency scores: Engineering TOEFL 83, IELTS 6.5; other majors TOEFL 75, IELTS 6.5; Engineering SAT (prior to March 2016) 1120–1420, SAT (March 2016 and beyond) 1290–1470, ACT 29–33; other majors SAT (prior to March 2016) 1120–1320, SAT (March 2016 and beyond) 1190–1380, ACT 25–31; SAT/ACT scores only required if interested in being considered for merit-based scholarships

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


U.S. News & World Report, 2017
• #38 among the top 133 public colleges and universities in the nation
• #2 in the world in geosciences

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

Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2018
• #38 in the world 

New Freshmen 2017–2018
6,570 started in fall 2017
326 international students
1,749 US students of color
1,076 first-generation students
3,380 Colorado residents
3,190 non-residents

Community & Student Life
17 NCAA Division I, Pac-12 intercollegiate sports programs
450+ student clubs and organizations
12,900+ students participating in intramural sports
6,000+ students serving each year through CU Boulder Volunteer Resource Center

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