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

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
80%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1070-1300
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for University of Colorado - Boulder

Cost

Net Price
$21,248/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,714/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,033/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,982/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,184/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,201/ 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.183 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.182 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
25,059Undergrads
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 119 responses
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  • Friendly
    33%
  • You can find all types of students.
    26%
  • Chill, so Colorado ;)
    13%
  • Preppy Trustfund and Native Coloradoan
    8%
  • Beautiful
    5%
  • Ignorant
    4%
  • California
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.216 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.261 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 130 responses
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  • SKO BUFFS!
    34%
  • CU BUFFS!
    17%
  • Lively
    12%
  • F*** 'em up, F*** 'em up, GO CU!
    8%
  • Beautiful
    7%
  • Happening and fun
    7%
  • Accepting community
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
48%
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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University of Colorado - Boulder Reviews

2,537 reviews
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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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My favorite things about getting my education at CU Boulder so far? The TEACHERS! Out of my first 6 classes, I have had 2 professors I will never forget. Brilliant AND funny, Professors Moers (teaches ASL) and Boerger (Language Development) have taught me so much and in the most enjoyable way. I have no doubt they are both world-class instructors. Furthermore, both of these two classes challenged me and made me feel like I really earned an "A" after working so hard for it.
CU is a fantastic college- both the town and the campus are beautiful and bustling with things to do.

Specifically, the college of music is outstanding. The faculty is caring, passionate about teaching, and highly knowledgeable. There are so many opportunities for students to perform and learn thanks to the college of music. The advisors are really helpful too! They know exactly how to get students what they need.

Over all, CU is the best state institution in Colorado.