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A
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
University of Colorado - Boulder is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference
Address
Regent Drive at Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309
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University of Colorado - Boulder Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
77%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1070-1310
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$22,727/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,109/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,104/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,439/ year
  • $76-110k
    $27,315/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,203/ year
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Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.179 responses
58%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.194 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.193 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
25,802Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 128 responses
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  • Friendly
    31%
  • You can find all types of students.
    25%
  • Chill, so Colorado ;)
    13%
  • Preppy Trustfund and Native Coloradoan
    9%
  • Ignorant
    5%
  • Beautiful
    5%
  • California
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.227 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.272 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 141 responses
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  • SKO BUFFS!
    33%
  • CU BUFFS!
    16%
  • Lively
    12%
  • F*** 'em up, F*** 'em up, GO CU!
    12%
  • Beautiful
    6%
  • Happening and fun
    6%
  • Accepting community
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.131 responses
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So far in my college experience at the University of Colorado Boulder, each professor has been eager to help students and figure out ways we all can succeed. I enjoy coming to class since my professors are so passionate about what they teach. There is no boring day in Boulder! There are so many resources around campus that all students can utilize. The Women's Resource Center has been extremely helpful for me when dealing and processing a past assault. Every adult I have talked to here on campus wants me to succeed and having so many people cheering me on makes me try even harder in school and in life.
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I love Boulder! Anyone and everyone is welcomed to be themselves regardless of their affiliations! The school does a fantastic job of making students proud of their school with the beautiful campus and enthusiastic culture. You find that CU alumns are all around the country, eager to return your "Go Buffs!" with one of their own. Your college experience is what you make of it. You are free to either party all the time, work-hard, or find a healthy medium. Boulder students know how to get involved in the outdoors so it is not difficult to find someone to bike with, hike with, or relax on lawns in the sunshine with. CU looks massive on paper, but it immediately felt like a second home.
The University of Colorado Boulder has a large variety of classes and excellent professors on campus, that inspire students to further their knowledge. The environment is fresh and clean which provides students the opportunity to study outside or actively enjoy the weather. Also, CU Boulder provides many clubs and programs that range from gaming and archery, to active, community-based groups that seek to bring change for all people who are oppressed. There are plenty of places to eat and hang out with friends, get a job and programs that help students to find volunteer/internship work. The only thing I would change about the University is the general studies requirements, that seem to be more prevalent than my majors. For example, I am an English/creative writing major and require around 14 credits worth of science classes, but only 18 credits worth of actual creative writing classes.