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Colleges / University of Colorado Boulder

About CU Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder is a public, state school in an suburban setting in Boulder, Colorado. CU Boulder was founded in 1876 and now enrolls around 36,956 students a year, including 30,300 undergrads.

CU Boulder offers housing for up to 0 students. Most students live off campus,.

CU Boulder's endowment was valued at $596 million in 2021. For each full-time student, CU Boulder spends about $16,192. There are 16.9 CU Boulder undergrads for each full-time professor.

2021 CU Boulder Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 84%
Average GPA 3.7
Mean ACT score 28
Mean SAT score 1251
In-State Tuition $10,728
Out-of-State $36,546

2022 CU Boulder Regular Decision Application Deadline

The deadline to apply regular decision to CU Boulder for Fall 2022 is January 1. All regular decision applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Early Admission at CU Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

Mark Your Calendar!

The deadline to apply early to CU Boulder is on November 15, 2021, which is coming up soon!

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2021 Acceptance Rate for University of Colorado Boulder

It is moderately difficult to get into CU Boulder. In 2021, CU Boulder accepted 84% of applicants. Out of 44,171 applications received in 2021, 37,189 students were offered admission.

CU Boulder Waitlist 2021

In 2021, 1,565 applicants were waitlisted.

How Do I Get Into University of Colorado Boulder?

CU Boulder is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to CU Boulder, applicants must submit the following items.

CU Boulder Application Requirements

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 3
Other Requirements audition for music program
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for CU Boulder

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to CU Boulder is 3.7 out of 4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 1251. The mean ACT score for CU Boulder students is 28.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to CU Boulder.

Does CU Boulder Require Test Scores?

CU Boulder does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

Out of all applicants, 73% submitted the SAT. 45% submitted the ACT.

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Does CU Boulder Provide On-Campus Housing?

Yes! CU Boulder provides on-campus housing for students.

CU Boulder students are active in the school's Student Government, CU Gaming and Boulder Freeride. Conference on World Affairs, Parents' Weekend, and and Global Jam are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at CU Boulder.

Financial Aid at CU Boulder

CU Boulder meets 74% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend CU Boulder full-time are awarded $17,004 a year in financial aid, on average.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is CU Boulder a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CU Boulder

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at CU Boulder, around 85% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 5,813 students who started at CU Boulder as first-time freshman, 2,888 graduate within four years.

Around 72% of students who started at CU Boulder earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes and Student Debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 74% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $27,425 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does CU Boulder sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for another! So ask yourself: Is CU Boulder a good school for you?

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Where is University of Colorado Boulder Located?

CU Boulder is located in the suburban setting of Boulder, Colorado, less than an hour from Denver.

If you want to see CU Boulder for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 36 to Boulder, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Denver International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what CU Boulder and Boulder are like without leaving home.

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College Info

3100 Marine Street Boulder, CO 80309

Campus Setting: Suburban

CU Boulder Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to CU Boulder is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to CU Boulder is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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CU Boulder ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to CU Boulder is 28. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into CU Boulder. Students with an ACT score that falls between 24 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 24 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

CU Boulder SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1340


Math SAT Range

560 - 680


Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for CU Boulder students is 1251. Applicants with SAT scores of 1340 and above have a good chance of being admitted to CU Boulder, while applicants with SAT scores between 1140 to 1340 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1140 have a low chance of being offered a spot at CU Boulder.

CU Boulder Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at CU Boulder is like? There are approximately 36,956 students enrolled at CU Boulder, including 30,300 undergraduate students and 6,656 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 58% percent are from CO and 42% percent of students are from other states.


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