University of Colorado--Boulder campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
550 - 670
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
25 - 30

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Action
November 15

January 15

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Environmental Design/Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Management Information Systems and Services
  • Marketing

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Journalism, Other
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Communication Disorders, General

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Community Organization and Advocacy

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music, General

Students Say

Located in the Rocky Mountain region, the University of Colorado Boulder is a "comprehensive public research university" boasting "five Nobel laureates and more than fifty members of prestigious academic academies." It "provides a modern, research-based education that focuses on creating aware citizens to go on to change the world (while having fun)." Students call it a "strong school academically with all the perks of a big state university" including "excellent diversity in subjects and courses, school spirit, packed sports games, and a fun, beautiful college town." Students get to enjoy a "beautiful campus with outdoor-oriented people" in addition to "a great research university," notes an international affairs major. Boulder offers a wide variety of degree programs, but students praise the "topnotch leadership program," "great business program," and "strong physics reputation" in particular. CU-Boulder also offers a "strong environmental program" with opportunities for "both onand off-campus" study. Students say the professors are "amazing," "approachable," "interested in students personally," and "will treat you as an adult." Professors are "consistently excellent across the wide variety of subjects I have taken courses in, from geography to astronomy and economics to literature," notes one student. "In my four years as an undergrad," says an environmental studies major, "I have traveled places and learned things that I never imagined I would or could experience." In addition, "the price for an education of this caliber is phenomenal," a creative writing major notes. "I was going to a private college for two years and can safely say that this education is significantly better, while the cost is relatively minimal." CU-Boulder is a perfect fit for students who want to be in a "college town surrounded by other young intellectuals."


Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President of Liberia

Byron R. White
U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Scott Carpenter
1 of first 7 astronauts and 2nd to orbit Earth

Dave Grusin
Grammy award winning jazz pianist, composer, produ

Trey Parker & Matt Stone
Co-creators of "South Park"

Rick Reilly
10-time National Sportswriter of the Year

Mary Decker Slaney
Distance runner, set 36 U.S. & 17 world records

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Students at University of Colorado Boulder are flush with career opportunities. Clearly, the fantastic Career Services office ensures that these undergrads know how to compete in competitive job markets. Freshman start with the StrengthsQuest program, to learn how to better maximize their skillsets on campus and beyond. Then the Buffs Professional Program leads them through professional development activities to help them stand out to future employers. Throughout the academic year, the office sets up a number of information sessions. This allows students to both network and explore a variety of career paths. Aside from the usual internship and job searches, the office helps undergrads find research opportunities that align with their interests and passions. In fact, many students are involved with cutting edge research. Of course, undergrads who have their sights set on finding a job will be happy to discover that CU hosts numerous career fairs. Even better—they are organized by industry. Therefore, students can attend events based around creative jobs, green jobs, finance jobs, and more.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms


Bottom Line

CU-Boulder's reasonable tuition is one of the school's major selling points. Tuition (including mandatory fees) for Colorado residents averages just about $11,500 annually. For nonresidents, tuition and fees average about $35,000. Room and board is an additional $13,590 annually. Books average $1,800 per year. Each year, more than 60 percent of CU-Boulder's undergraduates apply for and receive financial aid through a combination of loans, work-study programs, and scholarships. The average total need-based aid package amounts to over $16,000. The need-based gift aid to freshmen is approximately $10,000.

Bang For Your Buck

For Colorado residents, scholarship opportunities include the Esteemed Scholars Program for freshmen, the CU Promise Program for freshmen and transfers, and the First Generation Scholarship, for students whose parents do not have college degrees. For both in-state and out-of-state students, CU offers this enticing guarantee: there will be no tuition increases during your four years of study. In addition, the top 25 percent of out-of-state admissions are eligible to receive the Chancellor's Achievement Scholarship. With well over 5,000 new freshman "Buffaloes" on campus each year, the school nonetheless provides an incredible array of resources. "CU is an amazing place because you can find an array of challenges and opportunities whether your drive is research, the arts, sports, a job, or tough classwork." "I am able to research in one of my professor's labs while receiving a great education." In select programs, students may earn a bachelors and a masters degree concurrently in five years.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



44% female
56% male
41% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

CU-Boulder students consider themselves a diverse bunch from "diverse backgrounds" with "diverse passions." "There isn't really a typical student, which is awesome," notes a marketing major. But an international affairs major says, "Students are mostly upper-middle class white kids from Colorado, California, Texas, or Illinois." Typical CU-Boulder students are "kind," "genuine," "smart," and "athletic." They are "outdoorsy, outgoing, and always up for anything." They "love to be outside and often will spend their weekends in the mountains." And though "partying is big," "most take school very seriously and are irritated by [its] depiction as a ‘party school'" in the "media." "The school is so large that everyone fits into a group, no matter what your interests are," says an environmental studies major. In addition to those attracted to Greek life, there are "hippy concert going types and everything in between." An architecture major says, those "who make an effort to meet new people and try new things, will be very happy, and have a great time at CU-Boulder." As one student notes: "When I stepped foot on CU's campus, I immediately felt at home." She adds: "Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It's such a community atmosphere. Everyone watches out for each other and has each other's backs, even strangers."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

"Boulder is the best college town in the U.S.," raves one student. With the foothills of the Rockies as their home, "being active and outdoors is a staple for students." "Regardless of the time of day, students can be seen outside relaxing, exercising, or just hanging out with friends," according to one marketing major. Students "go hiking when the weather is nice" and many "go skiing in the mountains on days that [they] don't have classes." Snowboarding is also "extremely popular." And there is also a "prominent night life at the bars," including a music scene that is "diverse and active." Students "go shopping and eat out on Pearl Street" in "downtown Boulder" and "Farrand Field is always busy on nice days with students playing Frisbee, football, soccer, and tanning." It's a "fun college town," and "everyone likes to go out and party on the weekends."

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Cindy Donahue

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
See documentation requirements on the Disability Services web site at

Documentation Requred for ADHD
See documentation requirements on the Disability Services web site at

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

12% join a fraternity
20% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

22% participate in intramural sports
7% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (The Colorado Buffaloes)
8 Sports

Cross Country
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (The Colorado Buffaloes)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus


The University of Colorado Boulder is still serious about going green. This Sierra #1 Cool School (2009)—home of the nation’s first collegiate recycling program, first zero waste athletics program, first student-led Environmental Center, and first STARS Gold-rated campus—is not resting on its laurels. CU-Boulder’s reputation as one of the nation’s best destinations for environmental education is at least partially due to its top-notch research programs (CU-Boulder’s geosciences research portfolio ranks number one in the world for research reports published and cited in the literature). The new School of the Environment and Sustainability (SES) will open in 2015 in a state of the art Sustainability, Energy, and Environmental Complex (SEEC) on East Campus. This multi-disciplinary center will serve as a flagship for CU’s environmental cluster, bringing together a community of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty educators and government researchers, industry analysts, sustainability staff and local citizens. A faculty guided student organization called ICE (Investigating Careers in the Environment) brings environmental leaders to the campus to chat with students about emerging trends in the green jobs sector. CU-Boulder has cut potable water use 50 percent and reduced total energy per square foot 22 percent since 2006 while flat lining GHG emissions. CU-Boulder also eliminated synthetic pesticides from campus turf, achieved a LEED Platinum rating for a new campus residence hall and major lab building, implemented a “Fair Food” and local organic food sourcing policy in dining halls, and installed over 900-kilowatt of solar panels. The campus boasts an impressive 17 LEED-certified buildings (five Platinum, eleven Gold, one Silver) with another 9 pending certification.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
552 UCB, Regent
Boulder, CO 80309-0552



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Center for Community
University Memorial Center (UMC)
Student Recreation Center
Norlin Library
Farrand Field
CU-Boulder's Outdoor Program, at the Recreation Center, offers many opportunities to explore the wonderful backcountry regions of Colorado and other unique locations. The program provides recreational experiences emphasizing adventure, environmental awareness, education, challenge, safety, skill acquisition, a sense of community, and fun.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Chautauqua Park - hiking, concerts, restaurant
Historic Downtown Boulder and Pearl Street - outdoor pedestrian mall
The Hill - shopping, restaurants, entertainment
Boulder Creek Path - walk, bike, parks
Eldora, Keystone, & Breckenridge - ski and snowboard resorts
Denver, Colorado's capital, is only 30 miles from Boulder and is home to professional football, basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball teams. It has some of the finest museums in the West, including the Black American West Museum; the Denver Art Museum, with one of the best collections of American Indian art works in the world; and the Denver Museum of Natural History, one of the largest natural history museums in the nation.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Athletic Department

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Please see for further information.

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Denver International Airport (DIA) is about 40 miles from the campus. Buses, taxis, and shuttles are available for the drive from airport to campus. For information on ground transportation from DIA to Boulder, please see

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Denver International Airport, follow Pena Blvd. to the E-470 tollway. Travel E-470 north to U.S. Rte. 36 west. From U.S. Rte. 36, take the Baseline Rd. exit and turn left (west) on Baseline. At the second light, turn right (north) on Broadway. At the first light, turn right on Regent Dr. The Regent Administrative Center is on the left side of the street.

Local Accommodations
Accommodations at lower prices include: The Boulder University Inn (1632 Broadway; 303-417-1700) is 4 blocks from campus and 2 blocks from the downtown Pearl Street pedestrian mall; it offers an outdoor pool and designated pet rooms. Boulder Creek Quality Inn & Suites (2020 Arapahoe Ave, 303-449-7550) is located near campus and downtown Boulder. Amenities include free high-speed Internet access, fitness center, indoor pool / spa and complimentary full hot breakfast service. Accommodations in the moderate-high range include: The Millennium Harvest House Hotel (1345 28th Street; 303-443-3850) is within walking distance of campus and has a fitness center, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools. Restaurants are nearby, and the downtown mall is only 3 blocks away. The Briar Rose Bed & Breakfast (2151 Arapahoe Ave.; 303-442-3007), half a mile from the university, includes a complete organic breakfast. All 10 rooms have private baths. Just a mile from the school, in the heart of downtown Boulder, is the Hotel Boulderado (2115 13th St.; 800-433-4344 or 303-442-4344), a turn-of-the-century hotel (and a National Register Landmark) with three in-house restaurants. Higher-end accommodations include: The Bradley Boulder Inn Bed & Breakfast (2040 16th St.; 1-800-858-5811 or 303-545-5200) is one block from Boulder's famous Pearl Street downtown pedestrian mall and within a mile of campus. It has 12 rooms, all with private baths. A full breakfast is provided. Downtown, less than a mile from campus and convenient to the town's main walking and biking paths, is the St Julien Hotel & Spa (900 Walnut St.; 877-303-0900 or 720-406-9696), offering luxurious accommodations and a world-class pool and spa.