University of Colorado Boulder.

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO4 year degree
Out-of-state tuition
Acceptance rate

About University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder), colloquially referred to as CU or Colorado, is a public research university in Boulder, Colorado. It is the flagship university of the University of Colorado system, and was founded in 1876, five months before Colorado became a state. CU Boulder is a member of the Association of American Universities, a selective group of major research universities in North America, and is classified as an R1 University, meaning that it engages in a very high level of research activity. According to the National Science Foundation, the university spent $514 million on research and development in 2018, ranking it 50th in the nation.In 2015, the university comprised nine colleges and schools and offered over 150 academic programs and enrolled almost 17,000 students. Five Nobel Laureates, nine MacArthur Fellows, and 20 astronauts have been affiliated with CU Boulder as students, researchers, or faculty members in its history. In 2010, the university received nearly $454 million in sponsored research to fund programs like the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and JILA. The Colorado Buffaloes compete in 17 varsity sports and are members of the NCAA Division I Pac-12 Conference. The Buffaloes have won 28 national championships: 20 in skiing, seven total in men's and women's cross country, and one in football. The university has produced a total of ten Olympic medalists. Approximately 900 students participate in 34 intercollegiate club sports annually as well.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 28,565 students
  • 0.32 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at University of Colorado Boulder

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Physiology, Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Accounting, Finance, Journalism, and Mass Communication and Media Studies.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

28,861 students out of 36,148 applicants were accepted into University of Colorado Boulder. They had an average SAT score of 1293. 29% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 81% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Out-of-state undergraduate tuition (2017)
In-state undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the out-of-state cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder was $36,220, while for in-state students it was $12,086. After taking into account financial aid, the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for out-of-state students was $45,803.

The average financial aid at University of Colorado Boulder is $8,509. After factoring this in, out-of-state students pay $27,711 for undergraduate tuition on average.

Financial aid available at University of Colorado Boulder

Family Income Level

Average Discount

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

47% of undergraduate students at University of Colorado Boulder received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of out-of-state tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at University of Colorado Boulder

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Colorado Boulder was of $13,998 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,800.

Diversity at University of Colorado Boulder

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017