University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

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Be inspired. Be Boulder.

At the University of Colorado Boulder, our top-ranked Engineering programs in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences are unlike any other, with customized education, a collaborative community, and partnerships with federal labs all located in one of the nation’s top tech cities. Best of all, our supportive community of engineers works to ensure each student reaches their potential to make their goals a reality.

Our students gain a hands-on education at a Tier 1 research university. They also have the flexibility to customize their education to meet their needs, interests, and career goals. Students can create their own path by mixing majors, minors, certificates, and electives in business, art and technology, entrepreneurship, teaching, and global engineering. This is why our students can proudly say they are well-rounded engineers.

Our students are among the best of the best because our collaborative community of engineers recognizes that we do our best work together. Students, staff, and faculty work collectively in and out of the classroom to create a strong sense of belonging while helping each other along their engineering paths. In our College, we truly appreciate diverse perspectives and backgrounds because we know our unique qualities help us be continuously better together.

One of the best parts of the University is the location. Not only are the Rocky Mountains in our backyard, but we also have 10 on-campus makerspaces, including the Idea Forge, Rapid Prototyping Lab, and Blow Things Up Lab. We’re also close to federal research labs and top tech employers. Our students experience an inspiring environment that fuels collaboration and hands-on learning every day.



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

New Venture Challenge

University of Colorado Boulder students benefit from having a beautiful backdrop and a state capital (that’s also a global city) as their educational home, allowing a balance of school, culture, recreation, and nature. Our students have opportunities to engage in hands-on start-up experiences. In fact, in 2019, 120 student teams participated in our premier entrepreneurial start-up competition: the New Venture Challenge. Student innovators led these teams, and we’re proud to say our Engineering students stepped up and won the competition. Students in Boulder innovate, turn ideas into reality, and connect with the entrepreneurial community. We have first-class on-campus facilities for students to explore their ideas and experience innovation firsthand.

• 50+ years of partnership with local federal research labs, including the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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