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.
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
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.
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:
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
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
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.
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||62%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||47%||$9,408|
|Receiving Student Loans||35%||$8,051|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
University of Colorado at Boulder has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 70%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||44%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||21%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||4%|
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
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)
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,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
Other 4-Year Public Colleges
The list of schools below have been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to University of Colorado at Boulder.
- Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO (18 miles away)
- Metropolitan State College of Denver in Denver, CO (23 miles away)
- University of Colorado Denver in Denver, CO (24 miles away)
- University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, CO (41 miles away)
- United States Air Force Academy in USAFA, CO (72 miles away)
See a list of all the colleges and universities by clicking on one of the links below: