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.

Website: www.colorado.edu/

Public
Co-ed
29,091
Undergraduate
Students
(44.2%) 12,859 Women
(55.8%) 16,232 Men
6,139
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
80% of 36,149 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
January 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.65
SAT Math
570-680 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
580-665 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
27 average
25-30 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $30,360
Out-of-state: $54,494
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,086
Out-of-state: $36,220
Room and Board
$13,998
Average Percent of Need Met
82%
Average Freshman Award
$15,834
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,680
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
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Campus Life

Boulder Population
103,166
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Denver
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
28% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Ralphie the Buffalo
Sororities
20% of women participate
Fraternities
12% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.0% Asian
1.8% Black/African-American
12.7% Hispanic/Latino
5.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.8% White
0.7% Unknown
International Students
7.1% from 82 countries
First-Year Students Returning
88.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
45.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
74%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
20.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 3  
Foreign Language 3  
Social Studies 3  
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required January 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Not used
ACT: Not used

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
 
City, State, Zip
Boulder, CO 80309
Phone
(303) 492-6301
Fax
(303) 492-7115
E-mail
apply@colorado.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
February 1

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Audition for music program recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
80% of 36,149 applicants were admitted
Women
83% of 17,294 applicants were admitted
Men
77% of 18,855 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
8,557 (30%) of 28,861 admitted students enrolled
Women
3,860 (27%) of 14,294 admitted students enrolled
Men
4,697 (32%) of 14,567 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
Not reported
Students Offered Wait List
1,159
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.65
3.75 and Above
48%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
570-680 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
19%
Score of 600 - 700
44%
Score of 500 - 600
33%
Score of 400 - 500
4%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
580-665 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
14%
Score of 600 - 700
52%
Score of 500 - 600
31%
Score of 400 - 500
4%
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
27 average
25-30 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
30%
Score of 24 - 29
53%
Score of 18 - 23
16%
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 29%
Top quarter: 59%
Top half: 90%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
2%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $30,360
Out-of-state: $54,494
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $12,086
Out-of-state: $36,220
Room and Board
$13,998
Books and Supplies
$1,800
Other Expenses
$2,294
Payment Plans
Installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
financialaid@colorado.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001370
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
4,431 (68.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
2,628 (59.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,568 (97.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,188 (46.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
82%
Average Award
$15,834
Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,953 (76.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,013
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,192 (85.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,654
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 132 (5.1%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
2,205 (34.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,704

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
13,509 (50.5%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
9,668 (71.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
9,404 (97.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,716 (39.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
80%
Average Award
$16,699
Need-Based Gift
Received by 7,310 (77.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,091
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 8,156 (86.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,805
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 353 (3.8%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
7,250 (27.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $9,134

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
42%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$27,680
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
17.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
3.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Architecture, Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Community Service, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
First-Generation College Students, Local/State Students, Veterans
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,729
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Physiology, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Women's Studies
Most Popular Disciplines
Biological/life sciences, Business/marketing, Engineering
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
Not reported
Part-Time Faculty
Not reported
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
Not reported
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 6% of classes
50-99 students: 9% of classes
Over 100 students: 7% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 9% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 24% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 55% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 10% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 0% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,650,147
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1689
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Fine Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Music Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Engineering

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Animal Behavior
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dance
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Finance and Banking
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • German
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • Hydrology
  • International Affairs
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neurobiology
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Optical Sciences
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plasma Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Religion
  • Spanish
  • Structural Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Telecommunications Management
  • Theater
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Doctor of Audiology, Juris Doctor

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Animal Behavior
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Asian Studies
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dance
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Finance and Banking
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • Hydrology
  • International Affairs
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neurobiology
  • Oceanography
  • Optical Sciences
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plasma Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Structural Engineering
  • Theater
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Writing

Location and Setting


Boston Population
103,166
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Denver
Campus Size
600 acres

Weather

Temperature
16.1 average low in January, 81.4 average high in September
Rain
89 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Boulder
Nearest Train Station
27 mile(s) from campus in Denver

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
28% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
72%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Not available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
University police department, LifeLine Response app connecting to police dispatch center

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Ralphie the Buffalo
School Colors
Silver, gold, and black

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf x x x x
Lacrosse x x    
Skiing (Cross-Country) x x x x
Skiing (Downhill) x x x x
Soccer x x    
Tennis x x    
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse x x
Skiing (Cross-Country) x x
Skiing (Downhill) x x
Soccer x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Lacrosse    
Skiing (Cross-Country) x x
Skiing (Downhill) x x
Soccer    
Tennis    
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
baseball, crew, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, ice hockey, racquetball, rugby, softball, swimming and diving, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, water polo, wrestling
Men's Club Sports
baseball, crew, equestrian sports, fencing, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, racquetball, rugby, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis, triathlon, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo, wrestling

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student government, cu gaming, boulder freeride, neuroscience club, association of holistic wellness
Sororities
20% of women participate
Fraternities
12% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
29,091
Women
12,859 (44.2%)
Men
16,232 (55.8%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
26,917
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.0% Asian
1.8% Black/African-American
12.7% Hispanic/Latino
5.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
72.8% White
0.7% Unknown
International Students.
7.1% from 82 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
6,139

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
88.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
45.2%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
65.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
69.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
74%
Average Starting Salary
74%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
20.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 9%
Engineering 2%
Law 3%
Arts and Sciences 8%
Medicine 5%
Education 8%
Other 3%

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