A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
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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

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.189 responses
55%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.188 responses
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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 125 responses
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  • Friendly
    32%
  • You can find all types of students.
    25%
  • Chill, so Colorado ;)
    14%
  • Preppy Trustfund and Native Coloradoan
    7%
  • 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.222 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.267 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 136 responses
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  • SKO BUFFS!
    35%
  • CU BUFFS!
    16%
  • Lively
    12%
  • F*** 'em up, F*** 'em up, GO CU!
    10%
  • Happening and fun
    7%
  • Beautiful
    7%
  • 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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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.
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I've been at this school for 3 years, and I have loved every second of it! It's frustrating sometimes - the school suffers from a lot of administration problems (lack of communication between schools, issues with advisors, etc.) But the education is absolutely worth it. I've taken a lot of wonderful classes and am excited for my later classes!
Boulder has some excellent programs (particularly their engineering), which I think has a tendency to be overshadowed by the fact that it's also a beautiful, fun school. As an engineer who wanted a solid degree while not getting bogged down in an overly competitive atmosphere, this is the perfect school for me!