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CU Boulder Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto CU Boulder, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 15 and the application fee costs $50. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from CU Boulder by April 1.

Considering Applying Early to CU Boulder?

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

Mark your calendar! The Early Action deadline is November 15, which is coming up fast! CU Boulder will release EA admissions decisions no later than February 1.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is CU Boulder Hard To Get Into?

Getting into CU Boulder is moderately difficult. CU Boulder evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, CU Boulder **accepted 84% of students, around 37,189 of the 44,171 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like CU Boulder, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT. Admissions to engineering programs is program very difficult.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult. In 2021, CU Boulder waitlisted 1,565 students. Of those, 504 eventually got in.

What's Most Important to Get In to CU Boulder?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at CU Boulder

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

CU Boulder Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to CU Boulder must submit the following items. Double check with CU Boulder's admissions department to confirm all application materials and 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

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into CU Boulder?

Students admitted to CU Boulder have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 44% submitted a class rank. At CU Boulder 26% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 53% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Colorado Boulder, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 44%
3.75 and 3.99 19%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 5%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
CU Boulder does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

CU Boulder is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 73% of CU Boulder's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for CU Boulder?

To be competitive with other CU Boulder applicants, you should strive to earn between 1140 and 1340 (or higher!) on the SAT. At CU Boulder 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1340 and 25% of scored lower than 1140, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a CU Boulder student is 1251.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of CU Boulder students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 570 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of CU Boulder students scored 670 or higher, and 75% scored a 570 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for CU Boulder?

To be most competitive at CU Boulder, you should strive to earn between 24 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for CU Boulder's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for CU Boulder students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

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Transferring to University of Colorado Boulder

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to CU Boulder.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in CU Boulder during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term

CU Boulder Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to CU Boulder?

Students who are admitted to CU Boulder must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does CU Boulder accept transfer credits?

CU Boulder accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. CU Boulder accepts:

DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does CU Boulder accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

CU Boulder accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to CU Boulder?

CU Boulder. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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CU Boulder Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

84%

How hard is it to get into CU Boulder? CU Boulder is a somewhat selective institution. The CU Boulder acceptance rate is 84%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

24 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above

Good

24 to 31

Avg

24 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

1140 - 1340

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Math SAT Range

560 - 680

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Reading SAT Range

570 - 670

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1340 and Above

Good

1140 to 1340

Avg

1140 and Less

Low

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.67

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At CU Boulder, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

36,956

Campus Setting

Suburban

Acceptance Rate

84%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$12,494

Out-of-State

$38,312

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 15
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