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Diversity Profile

Be Boulder
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

Be surrounded
Located at the base 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. 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
At the cornerstone of your experience are CU Boulder’s innovative academic programs, hands-on opportunities, and rigorous course work that will prepare you for a complex global society. Within the supportive learning community you’ll interact with world-renowned 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.

Be supported
CU Boulder embraces the differences of every student, staff, and faculty member, recognizing that a truly diverse community includes individuals from a range of ethnic, regional, cultural, economic, and religious backgrounds—as well as first-generation students.

CU Boulder offers support services, programs, scholarships, and resources for first-generation students and students of color. One such service is the CU-LEAD Alliance. The Alliance is designed to help students from diverse backgrounds succeed through its unique academic learning communities housed within CU’s 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. 

Be inspired
CU Boulder has 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 CU’s 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.

Be invested
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, our graduates 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 graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
• $50,000 median starting salary for graduates with a bachelor’s degree
• $89,900 median career salary for graduates with a bachelor’s degree
• 14,000+ recruiters posting 20,000 jobs for graduates from 2014–2016

Be here
Live in spectacular surroundings and learn in a campus environment full 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 

• Civil Engineering: #11 among public institutions, #17 overall

Community & Student Life

17 NCAA Division I, Pac-12 intercollegiate sports programs

450+ student clubs and organizations

30+ competitive club sports

10+ intramural sports

7,500+ students participate in intramural sports

2,000+ students served through Volunteer Resource Center programs

400 study abroad programs in 65 countries

New freshmEn 2016–2017

6,439 started in fall 2016

3.66 average high school GPA

27.3 average ACT composite 

1191 average SAT total

1,674 US students of color (28.1%)

1,113 first-generation students (18%)

484 international students (7.5%)

3,298 Colorado residents (59.1%)

2,910 non-residents


31,861 degree-seeking students

7,035 US students of color (21.8%)

3,050 international students (9.5%)

59.9% resident

40.1% non-resident

26,433 undergraduate

5,428 graduate

43.8% female

56.2% male


#1 four-year graduation rate for Colorado public universities

18:1 student-faculty ratio

85% of classes with fewer than 50 students

8 colleges, schools, and programs

3,800 academic courses

150+ academic fields of study

90+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs

33 concurrent bachelor’s/master’s degree programs  

84 bachelor’s majors, 71 master’s majors, and 64 doctorate majors

30+ minors and 25+ undergraduate certificate programs

11 research institutes and nearly 90 research centers

2,000+ undergraduates directly involved in faculty research