CU BoulderUniversity 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 31,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students, there are plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities.

The student to faculty ratio for undergrads is nearly 18 to 1. Just less than half (44%) of the classes have fewer than 20 students. There are over 3,600 academic courses and 50 majors 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. The most popular majors are business/marketing, engineering, biological/life sciences, social sciences and communication/journalism.

University of Colorado BoulderStudents can utilize on-campus resources like an observatory, planetarium, mountain research station, and the Alliance for Teaching, Learning, and Society Center (ATLAS). This program 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 400 CU Boulder study abroad programs. They can travel to 65 countries. About 1,000 students participate every year. There are more than 300 student-run organizations on campus, in addition to 20 officially recognized Greek groups. About 12% of the male population is affiliated with a fraternity and 22% of women with a sorority.

Colorado BoulderCU 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.


Acceptance Rate

CU Boulder admission rate

Academic Qualifications

CU Boulder average GPA and top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Colorado Boulder SAT score

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

CU Boulder ACT test score

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 40,740
Enrolled: 7,113
Yield: 22.3%
Acceptance rate: 78.4%

In-state acceptance rate: 86%
Out-of-state acceptance rate: 66%

Academic Qualifications
Average GPA: 3.67
Top 10% of High School: 26%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1150-1350
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 580-670
SAT Math: 560-690

Mean SAT
SAT Composite: 1251
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 625
SAT Math: 626

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 25-31
ACT English: 24-32
ACT Math: 24-29

Mean ACT
ACT Composite: 27.5
ACT English: 28
ACT Math: 26

Standardized Test Requirements

Colorado does not require the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT not required

Colorado does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

CU Boulder does not require the SAT subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

Score Card

Graduation Rates

CU Boulder graduation rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

University of Colorado Boulder score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 46.3%
5 years: 65.1%
6 years: 68.8%

Transferred to another school: 19%

Loan default rate: 3.2%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 21

Salary after attending: $50,800

R&D Expenditures: $499.4 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 27
Robberies: 3
Aggravated assaults: 4
Burglaries: 22
Car thefts: 5

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

CU Boulder financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $27,676

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2020-2021)
In-state: $28,478
Out-of-state: $54,296

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $22,077

By income
$0 to $30,000: $13,366
$30,001 to $48,000:$14,361
$48,001 to $75,000: $18,979
$75,001 to $110,000: $25,863
$110,001 and more: $29,055

Graduates with student debt: 40%

Average student debt at graduation: $27,568

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Colorado undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 17.7 to 1

Women: 45%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 44%
20 to 39: 32%
40 to 99: 17%
100+: 7%

Student Population
Total: 37,650
Undergraduate: 31,101

Student Residence
In State: 51%
Out of State: 45%
International: 4%

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This page was last updated in August 2020.