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Colleges / University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate80%
Acceptance Rate80%

About CU Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder Overview

University of Colorado Boulder is a public, state school in the suburban setting of Boulder, Colorado. CU Boulder was founded in 1876 and presently has around 37,956 students per year year, including 30,936 undergrads. CU Boulder offers housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to CU Boulder for Fall 2023 is January 15.

Student Activities at CU Boulder

Interested in music or performing? At CU Boulder you can join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? CU Boulder students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? CU Boulder has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? CU Boulder has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at CU Boulder on the Student Life page.

2022 CU Boulder Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 32%
In-State Tuition $10,728
Out-of-State $36,546
Percent of Need Met 73%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $17,955

Is CU Boulder a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what CU Boulder offers and if it seems like the right college for you.

CU Boulder Acceptance Rate 2022

CU Boulder is moderately difficult to get into. CU Boulder admitted 80% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 54,756 applications received in 2022, 43,576 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at CU Boulder

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at CU Boulder, around 87% are still enrolled their sophomore year. 74% of CU Boulder undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for CU Boulder Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 74% of graduates from CU Boulder recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with CU Boulder directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

CU Boulder's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

CU Boulder's endowment was valued at $596 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, CU Boulder spends about $16,192 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at CU Boulder

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

CU Boulder meets 73% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $17,955 a year.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $24,761 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. 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.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at CU Boulder.

Based on this information, does CU Boulder seem like a good fit? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! 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 are interested in seeing CU Boulder for yourself, be sure to 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

CU Boulder ACT Scores


ACT Range

25 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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31 and Above


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25 and Less


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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 25 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 25 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

CU Boulder SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1380


Math SAT Range

580 - 700


Reading SAT Range

590 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1380 and Above


1180 to 1380


1180 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for CU Boulder students is 1251. Applicants with SAT scores of 1380 and above have a good chance of being admitted to CU Boulder, while applicants with SAT scores between 1180 to 1380 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1180 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 37,956 students enrolled at CU Boulder, including 30,936 undergraduate students and 7,020 graduate students. 92% percent of students attend school full-time, 56% percent are from CO and 44% percent of students are from other states.


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