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
Apply Online:
Address: Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309-0017
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 37,883
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 69%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 33,683 (89% 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: $12,500
Out-of-state Tuition: $38,318
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 66%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $9,315

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Colorado Boulder Programs

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

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 511
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 545
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 191
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 662
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 232
Education 265
Engineering 11109
English Language and Literature/Letters 121
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 877
Health Professions and Related Programs 111
History 111
Legal Professions and Studies 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 322
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 232
Natural Resources and Conservation 111
Philosophy and Religious Studies 321
Physical Sciences 557
Psychology 122
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 555
Visual and Performing Arts 766
Grand total 737861

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,500
Out-of-state $38,318
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,556
Out-of-state $33,014

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 4,339 66%
Grant or scholarship aid 3,477 53% $9,315
Student loan aid 2,007 30% $9,106

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 14,520 48% $11,198
Federal student loans 8,173 27% $6,244

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 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 40,677 20,160 20,517
Percent admitted 100% 76% 80%
Percent admitted who enrolled 17% 18% 17%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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 2020

Total Enrollment 37,883
Undergraduate enrollment 31,098
Graduate enrollment 6,785

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 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
    • Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
    • English Language
  • 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
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*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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