University of Colorado – Boulder

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The University of Colorado Boulder (also
known as CU-Boulder, CU, or Boulder) is
the flagship, research university of the
University of Colorado system and is
located in Boulder, Colorado.  The University of
Colorado system was founded
only five months prior to Colorado’s
admission to the union in 1876.

Programs Offerings, Academic Colleges,
and Rankings

CU-Boulder offers undergraduate and
graduate degree programs in 150
disciplines to nearly 30,000 students each
year.  These 150 disciplines are
administered through the University’s nine
academic colleges.  The University’s
College of Arts and Sciences is the
largest of the nine colleges and
schools.  These schools include the
College of Engineering and Applied
Science; Graduate School;
School of Education; College of Music; School of Law; and Leeds School of Business.
U.S. News
and World Report
has ranked CU-Boulder’s engineering programs as 19th
among national programs.

Research

Owing to its programs’ rankings and its
robust research budget of over $450
million, CU-Boulder has been recognized as
one of thirty “Public Ivy League” higher
education institutions in the United
States.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

CU-Boulder offers scholarships, loans,
student employment, grants and veterans
benefits to help students defray the cost
of attendance.  All applicants must
complete the Free Application for
Financial Aid.

Library System

CU-Boulder’s main library is the Norlin Library which houses the humanities and social sciences collections, special collections, periodicals, and many more specialized units along with a number of non-library departments including the Writing Center, Center for Asian Studies, Faculty Teaching Excellence Program, and Honors offices. There are also five branch libraries: William M. White Business Library; Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences and Map Library; Leonard H. Gemmill Engineering, Mathematics & Physics Library; Howard B. Waltz Music Library; and the William A. Wise Law Library.

Athletics

CU has garnered national championships in
men’s cross country, women’s cross
country, football and skiing.  The CU
football team plays an annual “Rocky
Mountain Showdown” against in-state rival
Colorado State Rams; this is played at the
neutral location of the Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado.

Student Housing

On-campus residence halls at CU are Aden
Hall, Andrews Hall, Arnett Hall, Brackett
Hall, Buckingham Hall, Cheyenne Arapaho
Hall, Cockerell Hall, Crosman Hall, Darley
North/South Halls, Farrand Hall, Hallett
Hall, Kittredge Central, Kitteredge West,
Libby Hall, Reed Hall, Sewall Hall, Smith
Hall, Stearns East/West, Willard Hall and
Williams Village North Hall. Apartment
options are Athens Court, Athens North,
Bear Creek, Faculty Court, Marine Court,
Newton Court and Smiley Court.

General Information

Admission
Office

552 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0552
(303) 492-6301
Fax: (303) 492-7115
[email protected]
Contact: Kevin McLennan
Director of Admissions
Main
Address

Boulder, CO 80309-0552
(303) 492-1411
www.colorado.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 26,725
First-time degree-seeking
freshmen: 5,863
Degree-seeking undergrads: 26,111

Graduate enrollment: 4,943

Setting
Suburban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Degrees
offered:

Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral
First
Professional

Admissions Information

Application
Fee

College has an application fee:
Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: $50
Enrollment
Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 78%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 84%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses
for Academic Year
2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $6,635 $7,278 $7,932 $8,511 +7.30%
Books and
Supplies
$1,698 $1,749 $1,749 $1,748 -0.06%
Living Arrangement –
On Campus
Room and Board $9,088 $9,860 $10,378 $10,792 +3.99%
Other $4,212 $4,374 $4,698 $4,696 -0.04%
Living Arrangement –
Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On
Campus
$21,633 $23,261 $24,757 $25,747 +4.00%
In-state Off
Campus
$8,333 $9,027 $9,681 $10,259 +5.97%
In-state with
Family
$8,333 $9,027 $9,681 $10,259 +5.97%
Average Graduate Student
Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state
Students
$8,928
In-state Student Fees $1,502
Tuition for Out-of-state
Students
$24,048
Out-of-state Fees $1,502

Financial Aid

Full-time
Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per
Student
All students
financial aid
3,056 52%
Grant or
scholarship aid
2,420 42% $16,479,048 $6,810
– Federal grants 694 12% $3,987,105 $5,745
– Pell grants 630 11% $2,166,168 $3,438
– Other federal
grants
636 11% $1,820,937 $2,863
State/local
government grant or scholarships
538 9% $801,740 $1,490
Institutional
grants or scholarships
2,396 41% $11,690,203 $4,879
Student loan aid 1,923 33% $12,569,543 $6,536
– Federal student
loans
1,867 32% $8,079,514 $4,328
Other student
loans
268 5% $4,490,029 $16,754

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most
Recent Year
BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 5974 1132 499
Architecture and Related
Services
227
Environmental
Design/Architecture
227
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic,
and Group Studies
57
Asian Studies/Civilization 9
Ethnic Studies 22
Russian Studies 6
Women's Studies 20
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 634 24 30
Biochemistry 95 10
Cell/Cellular and Molecular
Biology
162 3 6
Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology
100 6 7
Neuroscience
Physiology 277 15 7
Business, Administration,
Management, Marketing, etc.
760 198 7
Business Administration and
Management
760 198 7
Communication and Journalism
Programs
494 29 10
Journalism 248 24
Speech Communication and
Rhetoric
246 5 10
Computing and Information
Sciences
55 31 17
Computer Science 55 31 17
Education 11 142 11
Curriculum and Instruction 58 6
Educational Evaluation and
Research
Music Teacher Education 11 7
Social and Philosophical
Foundations Of Education
77 5
Engineering 525 354 68
Aerospace, Aeronautical and
Astronautical/Space Engineering
71 45 11
Architectural Engineering 76
Biochemical Engineering 22
Chemical Engineering 55 26 16
Civil Engineering 60 44 11
Computer Engineering 38
Electrical and Electronics
Engineering
29 71 18
Engineering Physics/Applied
Physics
25
Engineering 62
Environmental/Environmental
Health Engineering
13
Mechanical Engineering 136 44 12
Telecommunications Engineering 62
English Language, Composition
and Literature/Letters
261 24 8
Creative Writing 6
English Language and Literature 261 18 8
Foreign Languages, Literatures,
and Linguistics
265 68 17
Chinese Language and Literature 16
Classics and Classical
Languages, Literatures, and
Linguistics
14 9 1
Comparative Literature 6 1
East Asian Languages,
Literatures, and Linguistics
13
French Language and Literature 21 2 5
German Language and Literature 10
Germanic Languages,
Literatures, and Linguistics
16
Italian Language and Literature 7
Japanese Language and
Literature
29
Linguistics 36 18 8
Spanish Language and Literature 126 10 2
Health Services and Allied
Health Sciences
49 24 8
Audiology/Audiologist 6
Communication Sciences and
Disorders
49 24 2
History 182 6 2
History 182 6 2
Legal and Law Studies 185
Law 185
Liberal Arts and Sciences,
General Studies and Humanities
50
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 50
Mathematics and Statistics 91 35 9
Applied Mathematics 34 27 7
Mathematics 57 8 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary
Studies
238 11
Cognitive Science
International/Global Studies 229
Multi-/Interdisciplinary
Studies, Other
9
Museology/Museum Studies 11
Science, Technology and Society
Natural Resources and
Conservation
146 14 1
Environmental Studies 146 14 1
Physical Sciences 94 47 55
Astronomy 22
Astrophysics 9 5
Atmospheric Sciences and
Meteorology
9 5
Chemical Physics 3
Chemistry 22 6 4
Geology and Earth Science 28 7 6
Geophysics and Seismology 4
Physics 22 16 28
Psychology 525 17 13
Educational Psychology 1
Psychology 525 16 13
Social Sciences 928 57 28
Anthropology 132 11 3
Economics 261 10 10
Geography 67 12 5
Political Science and
Government
220 20 4
Sociology 248 4 6
Visual and Performing Arts 382 51 30
Art History, Criticism and
Conservation
59 2
Dance 12 5
Drama and Dramatics/Theater
Arts
38 3
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 107
Fine/Studio Arts 115 11
Music History, Literature, and
Theory
4
Music Performance 36 33 23
Music 15
Above data represent
first majors only.
(-) Indicates that
program is not offered at this award
level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture
& Related Programs

Environmental

Design B
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, &
Gender Studies

Asian
Studies B
Ethnic
Studies – General B
Russian/Slavic

Area Studies B
Women's
Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art
History/Criticism/Conservation B
Dance B
Drama/Theater

Arts B
Film
Studies B
Fine/Studio

Arts B
Music –
General B
Music –
General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biochemistry

B
Cellular/Molecular

Biology B
Ecology
B
Ecology
and Evolutionary Biology B
Physiology

B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Accounting

B
Business
Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking

B
International

Business B
Management

Information Systems B
Marketing

Management B
Real
Estate B
Small
Business Administration B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric

B
Journalism

B

Computer & Information
Sciences

Computer

Science B

Education
Music
Teacher Education B

Engineering
Aeronautical/Aerospace

Engineering B
Architectural

Engineering B
Chemical
Engineering B
Chemical
and Biological Engineering B
Civil
Engineering B
Computer
Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications

Engineering B
Engineering

Physics B
Environmental

Engineering B
Mechanical

Engineering B

English Language &
Literature

English
Language & Literature –
General B

Foreign Language &
Literature

Chinese
B
Classics
B
French B
Germanic
Languages B
Italian
B
Japanese
B
Linguistics

B
Spanish
B

Health Professions &
Clinical Sciences

Communication

Disorders B

History
History
– General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities

B

Mathematics
Applied
Mathematics B
Mathematics

– General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Global
Studies B

Natural Resources &
Conservation

Environmental

Studies B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy

B
Religion/Religious

Studies B

Physical Sciences
Astronomy

B
Chemistry

B
Geology
B
Physics
B

Psychology
Psychology

– General B

Social Sciences
Anthropology

B
Economics

B
Geography

B
Political

Science/Government B
Sociology

B

Degree
levels for each major are
designated by the following
letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee
the accuracy of information on
this page. All information is
subject to change. You should
confirm all information with a
college admissions officer.


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