University of Colorado – Boulder

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School Overview

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&#x2019 engineering programs as 19th among national programs.


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 Student Aid (FAFSA).

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.


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.

University of Colorado Boulder Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(303) 492-1411
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309-0017
Setting:Rural: Remote
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:33,977
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):70%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:31,062 (91% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$11,531
Out-of-state Tuition:$35,079
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:64%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$9,410

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

University of Colorado Boulder Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Colorado Boulder.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Architecture and Related Services1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies611
Biological and Biomedical Sciences545
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services171
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs662
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services232
English Language and Literature/Letters121
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics877
Health Professions and Related Programs111
Legal Professions and Studies2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics222
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies222
Natural Resources and Conservation111
Philosophy and Religious Studies321
Physical Sciences557
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences555
Visual and Performing Arts765
Grand total737460

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at University of Colorado Boulder.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Grand total4

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Colorado Boulder and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,800

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,98364%
Grant or scholarship aid3,14651%$9,410
Student loan aid2,16535%$8,036

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid12,37846%$10,760
Federal student loans8,10030%$6,470

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for University of Colorado Boulder. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled University of Colorado Boulder students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants34,04718,01716,030
Percent admitted100%74%79%
Percent admitted who enrolled19%20%18%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

University of Colorado Boulder Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment33,977
Undergraduate enrollment27,901
Graduate enrollment6,076

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

University of Colorado Boulder Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language (English Language International English Center)
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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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