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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

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
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.190 responses
54%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.189 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 126 responses
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  • Friendly
    32%
  • You can find all types of students.
    25%
  • Chill, so Colorado ;)
    15%
  • Preppy Trustfund and Native Coloradoan
    8%
  • Beautiful
    5%
  • Ignorant
    4%
  • California
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
55%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.223 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.268 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 137 responses
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  • SKO BUFFS!
    35%
  • CU BUFFS!
    16%
  • 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
$48,100/ 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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It is called Boulderland for a reason. It is a little slice of heaven on earth. I 100% recommend joining a sorority/fraternity. I am so blessed that CU has helped me make life long friends. It is a very social setting and right off the bat you will make friends if you are willing to put yourself out there. The school itself is magical to walk through everyday to class and the town is a true college town. Most of the students live on the "hill" and you are literally next door neighbors with all your friends. I am from in-state and out my close friend group of 75 people, mostly everyone is from out of state so it doesn't really feel like a state school. Whenever students visit from other schools on gamedays, they wish they would have gone to CU. It is definitely a work hard play hard environment. I have just graduated, and it is unbelievable how large the Buffs network is. It has helped me tremendously with finding a job right after graduation. GO BUFFS!
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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.
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.