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University of Colorado at Boulder

Also known as U of Colorado

Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, CO

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The University of Colorado Boulder (UC Boulder or Boulder) is a public research university located in Boulder, Colorado.  UC Boulder is cited as the flagship of the UC schools and was founded in 1876 by the territorial legislature a few short months prior to the state of Colorado was formally recognized as a state in the Union. 

Boulder offers students the choice of over 150 degree programs across the myriad departments from engineering to education with around seventeen thousand enrolled students.  The school is known for their aeronautics programs with significant resources dedicated to this industry.  In fact, the university recently received over $450 million in research funds dedicated to projects like the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics (JILA) and the Lab for Atmospheric & Space Physics (LASP).

History of UC Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder was founded in 1876 along with Colorado Agricultural College and Colorado School of Mines.  Prior to joining the Union, the Colorado territorial legislature passed a constitutional amendment providing funding for all three higher education institutions.  The doors of UC Boulder opened to students in September of 1877.  During the late 1800’s, there were few high schools in the region that were adequately preparing students for college.   Thus UCB added a preparatory school on campus to help young, aspiring students attend the university.  During this formative year in 1877, the college began with fifteen students and fifty high school students in the preparatory academy. 

Academics

The academic calendar for the University of Colorado Boulder follows the semester format, with fall, spring and summer semesters akin to the other UC schools in the state.  The largest and most popular program is the College of Arts and Sciences with the Engineering and Environmental Design a distant second and third from an enrollment standpoint. 

Popular Colleges and Schools at UC Boulder

  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Education
  • College of Music
  • School of Law
  • Leeds School of Business
  • College of Media, Communication and Information
  • Graduate School
  • Continuing Education and Professional Studies

Student Life

Myriad student organizations and clubs are available at the University of Colorado Boulder for graduate students and undergraduates.  A cross-section of organizations includes service groups, professional groups, political organizations, honor societies, religious groups, social clubs, and many more.  The CU Independent is the student-lead campus with over sixty writers, photographers, illustrators, multimedia specialists, and editors.  Students may also be interested in joining an intermural team in a variety of sports from basketball to tennis.   

UCB School Colors & Mascot

The University of Colorado school colors are black and gold.  The school mascot is a live American Bison named "Ralphie."  A costumed bison named CHIP participates in dance competitions, social events, sports venues, and other athletic programs.

UCB Athletics

The University of Colorado "Buffaloes" compete in the Pacific 12 (Pac-12) Conference with a large number of sanctioned, intercollegiate sports.  These include the following sporting activities:

Men's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer

Community Life

Students living in Boulder can enjoy competing in the Boulder Freeride (ski and snowboarding club), CU Cycling, and SAE racing teams.  The town of Boulder is situated about 25 miles NW of Denver and is about 5,400 feet above sea level.  Boulder proper is just over 100,000 residents with a variety of activities to enjoy.  Popular activities include hiking, biking, local breweries, wineries, and restaurants along the famous Pearl Street Mall. 

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the students University of Colorado at Boulder accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of Colorado at Boulder is about 33,000. The enrollment breakdown by academic level is 19% enrolling as graduate students and 82% as undergraduate students.

$21,200

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $21,200. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $50 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • In-State: $9,300-$11,000
    • Out-of-State: $32,000-$38,820
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $390-$470 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $32,000-$39,000 per credit unit
  • The estimated cost for room and board is around $16,000, which includes nineteen meals provided each week
  • Some programs may have a frozen tuition rate, which means the tuition will stay the same for up to five years.

Financial Aid Details

The information below lists the financial aid types students are receiving. Also shown are the percent of students receiving aid and the average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid62%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships47%$9,408
Receiving Student Loans35%$8,051
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, University of Colorado at Boulder may offer services to students like those listed below:

  • Online course work available
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Child care

Graduation Rates

University of Colorado at Boulder has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 70%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years44%
Graduating in 5 Years21%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • English Language Program
  • Law Program
  • Music Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

University of Colorado at Boulder is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Basketball (Pac-12 Conference)
  • Track and Field (Pac-12 Conference)
  • Football (Pac-12 Conference)
  • Golf
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by University of Colorado at Boulder by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Architecture

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
79.62%

FINANCIAL AID RATE
62%

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
18:1

DEGREES OFFERED ONLINE
8

FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
$10,461