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Colleges / University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate80%

About CU Boulder

The University of Colorado is a public research university in Boulder, Colorado. Also known as CU Boulder, the university is the flagship institution of the University of Colorado system. CU Boulder is known for its academic excellence and innovation. 

Some of the most popular academic programs at CU Boulder include engineering, environmental studies, business administration, psychology, and biology. Students at CU Boulder are encouraged to participate in research and internships as a way to gain hands-on experience. 

The University of Colorado Boulder campus is diverse, vibrant, and known for having an outdoorsy spirit. Many students engage in outdoor activities including hiking, biking, and skiing in the Rockies. Students are also environmentally conscious, and CU is committed to embedding sustainability into campus life.

CU Boulder competes in NCAA Division I sports and is a member of the Pac-12 Conference. The CU Boulder Buffaloes are the university’s athletic teams. Some of the most popular sports at the university include football, basketball, and track & field.

Did You Know?

CU Boulder has its own planetarium, Fiske Planetarium, which acts as a public museum for educating the public on astronomy. The planetarium is staffed by undergraduates specializing in related fields and the planetarium hosts additional live talks by leading researchers, faculty, and students throughout the year. 

What is the CC community saying about CU Boulder?

"Boulder and CU were considered extremely welcoming to all. Tons of activities at the university, Boulder a great city with small theatres, great downtown, etc., Denver nearby, Rocky mountains nearby for outdoor activities if that would be of interest."

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University of Colorado Boulder is a public, state university in the suburb of Boulder, Colorado. CU Boulder was founded in 1876. The university currently enrolls around 37,956 students per year, including 31,237 undergrad students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for University of Colorado Boulder

It is moderately difficult to get into CU Boulder. The acceptance rate at CU Boulder is 80%. Out of 54,754 applications received in 2022, 43,574 students were offered admission.

University of Colorado Boulder Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 80%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA Offered but % not available
Average GPA 3.7
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 32%

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University of Colorado Boulder is located in the town of Boulder, Colorado, in the suburbs of Denver.

If you would like 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.

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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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1180 - 1380


Math SAT Range

580 - 700


Reading SAT Range

590 - 690

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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1380 and Above


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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 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.

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Wondering what life at CU Boulder is like? There are approximately 37,956 students enrolled at CU Boulder, including 31,237 undergraduate students and 6,719 graduate students. 91% 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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