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.



U.S. News & World Report, 2018
• #39 among the 132 top 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 universities, #31 overall
• Chemical Engineering—#11 among public institutions, #17 overall 
• Engineering—#16 among public institutions, #30 overall

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
3.49–4.0 high school GPA (of middle 50% 2018 admitted students)
1180–1370 SAT total (of middle 50% 2018 admitted students)
26–31 ACT composite (of middle 50% 2018 admitted students)

18:1 student-faculty ratio
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
11 research institutes and nearly 90 research centers
2,000+ undergraduates directly involved in faculty research

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

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

Be inspired
Located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Boulderis 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 scientific, humanitarian, and social enterprises.
• #1 smartest city in America (Bloomberg, 2017)
• #1 city to start a business (Forbes, 2015)
• #1 metro in the US for female entrepreneurship (Version 2.0 Communications, 2017)
• #2 most innovative tech hub in the US (Forbes, 2015)
• 103 new companies founded based on technologies developed at CU Boulder since 1994

Be challenged
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—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 youcan 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 resourcesfor 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: 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 Program in Environmental Design. 

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, 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.

Be prepared
CU Boulder students are encouraged to customize their education to their unique interests by taking classes across academic disciplines, so they’ll be ready to contribute to today’s rapidly changing world. 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 truly passionate about.
• 91% of CU Boulder graduates were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.
74% of CU Boulder graduates areaccepted into their first-choice graduate school.
$50,000 median starting salary forstudents with a CU Boulder bachelor’s degree
$89,900 median career salary for students with a CU Boulder bachelor’s degree

Be here
Live in spectacular surroundings andimmerse yourself in a campus environment of extraordinary opportunities. Come to CU Boulder and discover who you can be.