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University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

The University of Colorado Boulder, founded in 1876, is a comprehensive, public university and a major research and teaching university. Its 600-acre campus is located in Boulder, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, 27 miles northwest of Denver.

Institution TypePublic
Undergraduate Students27,010
   Women12,066 (44.7%)
   Men14,944 (55.3%)
Graduate Students5,765


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate80% of 31,291 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineJanuary 15
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA3.62
SAT Math604 average
540-660 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading584 average
530-640 range of middle 50%
SAT WritingNot reported
ACT Composite27 average
24-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of AttendanceIn-state: $29,215
Out-of-state: $52,763
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,531
Out-of-state: $35,079
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met81%
Average Freshman Award$15,331
Average Indebtedness of
2015 Graduates


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 10% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes


Boulder Population103,166
Nearest Metropolitan AreaDenver
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 95% of freshmen, 29% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
MascotRalphie the Buffalo
Sororities25% of women participate
Fraternities 12% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
5.8% Asian
1.7% Black/African-American
11.3% Hispanic/Latino
4.9% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.1% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students5.9% from 113 countries
First-Year Students Returning86.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
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CLASS OF 2021 Profile of Students on COLLEGEdata
Interested in This College
Average 3.51 3.82 649 642 28
Low 1.70 1.90 490 470 16
High 4.00 5.00 760 800 35
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• A live buffalo serves as the UCB mascot.

• UCB is within a three-hour drive of many ski/snowboard resorts.

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Annual Survey of Colleges 2016, copyright © 2016 The College Board. All rights reserved.
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