University of Colorado at Boulder

About University of Colorado, Boulder

The University of Colorado - Boulder, a public school established in 1877, is the flagship university in the state of Colorado. CU - Boulder is one of only 34 U.S. public institutions, and the only institution in the Rocky Mountain region, to be a member of the Association of American Universities.

Boulder is located 30 miles from Denver. The city's 43,000 acres of open space are home to about 90,000 residents. Within a 3-hour drive of Boulder are 11 of Colorado's 25 official ski and snowboard resorts. The city is also just 45 miles from the Rocky Mountain National Park.

The university offers 12 men's and women's varsity teams, 30 athletic clubs and a spirit squad. The Colorado Buffaloes participate in the Pac-12 Conference.


The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission. It offers more than 80 undergraduate majors within the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Music and the college of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Also, there are two undergraduate programs offered: Environmental Design, and Journalism and Mass Communication.

In 2010-2011, the university awarded a total of 7,434 degrees. Of those, 5,645 were bachelor's degrees, 1,253 were master's degrees and 539 were doctoral degrees. By field, 17% of the degrees awarded were in social sciences, 14% in business, management, marketing and related support services, 11% in biological and biomedical Sciences, 11% in psychology and 9% in communication, journalism and related programs.


The application deadline for incoming freshman for the fall semester is December 1. Acceptance notification occurs in January and enrollment must be confirmed by August. The university accepts SAT or ACT test scores. Required scores for incoming freshman vary by college. For example, the middle 50% of the 2011 freshman class had SAT scores that ranged from 1070 (Arts & Sciences majors) to 1350 (Engineering and Applied Science majors). In Fall 2011, 47% of undergraduate students were male and 53% were female. By ethnicity during the same period, the student body was comprised of 76% white, 6% Asian, 2% Black and 8% Hispanic.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs for full-time, in-state, undergraduate students are significantly lower than out-of-state resident students. Books and supplies for the 2012-13 school year were estimated at $1,992. On-campus housing ranged from single to five-person rooms and apartments. Residential housing includes meals, and their costs range from $5,666 to $7,184 a year. A $300 security deposit is required.

Tuitions and fees for the semester are due in early September for the Fall semester and in mid-January for the Spring semester. Installment plans are available and students can pay online, by mail or in person. Students who have their own health insurance may waive the required university health insurance.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate degrees**
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting City: Small**
Student Body 32,558 (26,530 undergraduates)**
Schools and Programs Five colleges and two programs admit freshmen*
Student-Faculty Ratio 19 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-11: Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (769); Master's: Business Administration and Management l (192); Doctoral: Law (171)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 66% of males and 70% of females graduated in 6 years**
Admission Rate 87%**
Entering Class Size 5,709**
First-Year Retention Rates 84% Full-time, 49% Part-time**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Scores varied from 1070-1350 (SAT) and 23-32 (ACT) (Middle 50% of Freshmen admitted Fall 2011)*
Application Due Date December 1*
Decision Notification Date January 15*
Tuition (2011-2012) $9,152 a year for residents, $30,330 for non-residents**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11: Federal grants (17%), Pell grants (16%), other federal grants (16%), state and local grants and scholarships (15%), institutional grants and scholarships (37%), federal loans (38%)**
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 58%**

Sources: *University of Colorado - Boulder, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education.

School Contact Information

  • Mailing Address: Office of Admissions, Regent Administrative Center 125, University of Colorado Boulder, 552 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0552
  • Phone: 303-492-6301
  • Website:

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