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
    B-
University of Colorado - Boulder is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Pac-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

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for University of Colorado - Boulder

Cost

Net Price
$21,053/ year
National
$15,431
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,071/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,569/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,129/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,639/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,362/ 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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.181 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.180 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
24,344Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 117 responses
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  • Friendly
    33%
  • You can find all types of students.
    26%
  • Chill, so Colorado ;)
    12%
  • Preppy Trustfund and Native Coloradoan
    8%
  • Ignorant
    4%
  • Beautiful
    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.214 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.259 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 128 responses
Report
  • SKO BUFFS!
    34%
  • CU BUFFS!
    17%
  • Lively
    13%
  • F*** 'em up, F*** 'em up, GO CU!
    8%
  • Beautiful
    7%
  • Happening and fun
    7%
  • Accepting community
    6%

After University of Colorado - Boulder

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
47%
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

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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.
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I am a freshman Aerospace Major who is getting ready to begin his second semester at CU.

First off, my absolute favorite part of my college experience so far is the professors I have had the pleasure to study under. My physics professor, Professor Dubson, was brimming with experience and joy for his subject. .

I also had a projects course: Gateway to Space, in which I had the awesome opportunity to build a balloon satellite together with 8 other incredible people! Our team's satellite, built to test for algae in the upper atmosphere, was difficult to build, but it was worth it.

Overall, I love the school. It's everything I wanted out of college and I know there's still much more to explore. Maybe it's the right fit for you too!
I think the number and variety of courses offered is wonderfull. I have always wanted to take a class on Greek mythology, and they have it! It's so cool! I also love their system of doing recitation classes to go along with lectures to help students review what was taught in the large lecture hall in a smaller sized classroom. Academic advisors are very helpful in guiding you to what classes you should take or how many credits is too much in one semester. The RAP is really great too! It stands for Residential Academic Programs. In certain residence halls, they require students to take a class within that hall which benefits the students a lot because the classroom is right there and easy to access and they also get to know classmates/roommates better too!