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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
    B-
University of Colorado is a highly rated public university located in Boulder, Colorado in the Denver Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 26,977 undergraduate students. The University of Colorado acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Business, Psychology, and Economics. Graduating 71% of students, University of Colorado alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $39,100.
Regent Drive at Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309
About University of Colorado - Boulder...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Pacific-12 Conference

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
82%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1150-1360
ACT Range
25-31
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$21,466/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$9,428/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
64%

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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.203 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.202 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
26,977Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,079
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 139 responses
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  • Friendly
    30%
  • You can find all types of students.
    27%
  • Chill, so Colorado ;)
    15%
  • Preppy Trustfund and Native Coloradoan
    8%
  • Beautiful
    5%
  • Ignorant
    4%
  • 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.236 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.281 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 139 responses
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  • SKO BUFFS!
    40%
  • CU BUFFS!
    16%
  • Lively
    12%
  • Beautiful
    8%
  • Happening and fun
    7%
  • Accepting community
    6%
  • "Make Use of Who You Meet"
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
71%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.131 responses
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CU has tons of clubs to join as well. Don't let this opportunity pass you by as membership, consistency and commitment are viewed favorably on scholarship and job apps. Dorms are dining halls are comfortable and spacious. I was lucky enough to live in Williams Village. While life on campus is near perfect, life off campus is just as great! Plenty of bars and restaurants within walking distance, shopping and limitless outdoor activities to choose from. Boulder is not only a hub of great food, drink and education, but is an oasis from big city life in Denver, nestled beneath the flatirons with access to countless hiking biking, skiing, natural and geological observation spots. CU Boulder provides opportunity for growth and development in one of the most beautiful, well-educated, healthiest and happiest cities in America. My advice is to make the most of all opportunities on campus in the forms of clubs and activities and to take advantage of free printing and food when you can find it!
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This school and city have made the most wonderful home for me for the past three years, I am sad I only have one left! Not only has this school offered me an incredible lifestyle (night life, amazing outdoor adventures, top notch restaurants, & more), but it has also offered me an extraordinary education. As a top research institution, I have been exposed to cutting edge social science, biology, and astronomy research, I have participated as a research assistant, and I was awarded an undergraduate student research grant to conduct my own independent study and compose a scientific research paper for publication. I have cultivated many incredible relationships on this campus, both personal and professional, and found it easy to get involved in extracurricular activities. This school truly offers something for everyone. I just so happened to find my place in intramural sports, greek life, and something called the Entrepreneurship Initiative.
I came here sort of by accident (long story) but I'm so glad I did!
PROS:
Academics - came for the program, stayed for everything else.
Beautiful weather +300 days of sunshine
Mountains - beautiful view 24/7
Professors - LOVED all my profs so far. Ratemyprof.com is your friend. use it to make your schedule
Athletics - most people here do some sort of physical activity. The Rec Center is jaw-dropping. Huge: 3 story climbing wall, basketball courts, ice rink, track, weight rooms (at least 3)
Party Scene: it's fun. House parties (if u know people) and frats (if that's ur thing)
Greek Life - its EVERYWHERE. But you don't have to be in it to enjoy CU.

CONS:
NO diversity - white and rich. Chads and Brads galore
Expensive - not just tuition, living in Boulder $$$. bougie white ppl like expensive shit. Finding a reasonably priced lease can be difficult
Greek life - double edged sword, they're loud and annoying