University of Colorado Boulder was founded in 1876, and is located in an urban setting on about 600 acres. Along with its undergraduate colleges, the school has graduate programs through the College of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Education, and the Law School. With a population of just over 27,000 undergraduate and nearly 6,000 graduate students, there are plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities.
The student to faculty ratio for undergrads is 17.7 to 1. Almost half (47%) of the classes have fewer than 20 students. There are over 150 areas of study and 78 degree programs for undergrads to choose from at CU Boulder. Students can enroll in specific programs through the schools of Architecture and Planning, Arts and Sciences, Leeds School of Business, Engineering and Applied Science, Journalism and Mass Communication, Music, and Education. More than 3,600 courses are available. The most popular majors are social sciences, biology, business, psychology and engineering.
Students can utilize on-campus resources like an observatory, planetarium, mountain research station, and the Alliance for Teaching, Learning, and Society Center (ATLAS). This program was established in 1997. It unites students with leaders in the fields of academics, industry, and government to help accomplish goals. There are also more than 14 academic programs for undergrads that feature classes from top faculty members and offer smaller class sizes.
Many students choose to participate in one of over 300 CU Boulder study abroad programs. They can travel to more than 65 countries. About 1,000 students participate every year. There are more than 300 student-run organizations on campus, in addition to about 40 Greek groups. About 10% of the male population is affiliated with a fraternity and 19% of women with a sorority.
CU Boulder students also take part in many volunteering efforts. One of their biggest events is the Better Boulder Better World, where students perform community service in the area. CU Boulder is also one of the top five schools for volunteers for the Peace Corps. The campus is run by the University of Colorado Student Government (CUSG). They oversee the University Student Union, the Recreation Center, the GLBTQ Resource Center, the Women’s Resource, and the Wardenburg Health Center. The longest running student organization is the Hiking Club, which was founded in 1919. Students can also get involved in the newspaper, the CU Independent. There are also many free activities on campus. The group, Program Council, holds concerts and shows movies for students.
The CU Boulder teams compete as the Buffaloes, and they participate in the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference. Varsity teams compete in skiing, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, and football. CU Boulder has over 30 club teams (one of the largest departments of its kind in the US); students can get involved in club sports like cycling, swimming and diving, and triathlon. Students interested in a campus focused on the outdoors and a large variety of extracurricular activities will enjoy CU Boulder.
Average GPA and Class Standing
SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
Number of 2016 (Class of 2020) applicants: 33,661
Acceptance rate: 80%
Average GPA: 3.62
Top 10% of High School: 28%
Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 530-640
SAT Math: 540-660
SAT Critical Reading: 584
SAT Math: 604
Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 24-30
ACT English: 24-31
ACT Math: 24-29
ACT Composite: 27
ACT English: 27
ACT Math: 26
Standardized Test Requirements
Writing portion not required
SAT Subject Tests not required
Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars
Salary After Attending
Score Card Information
4 years: 47%
6 years: 71%
Transferred to another school: 19%
Loan default rate: 2.7%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 19
Salary after attending: $47,700
Sex offenses: 10
Aggravated assaults: 2
Car thefts: 4
Total Cost of Attendance and Average In State Net Cost
Average In State Net Price By Income
In-state tuition, room and board (2016-2017): $28,265
Total Estimated Cost of Attendance
Net Cost (in-state)
By income: $0 to $30,000: $13,714 $30,001 to $48,000: $16,033 $48,001 to $75,000: $20,982 $75,001 to $110,000: $26,184 $110,001 and more: $28,201
Graduates with student debt: 44%
Average student debt at graduation: $25,605
Undergraduate Class Sizes
Student to Faculty Ratio
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17.7 to 1
Undergraduate Class Sizes Under 20: 47% 20 to 39: 32% 40 to 99: 15% 100+: 6%
Out of State: 38%
University of Colorado Boulder
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Boulder, CO 80309
Phone: (303) 492-1411
This page was last updated in November 2016.