CU-Boulder

University of Colorado - Boulder

2055 Regent Drive, Rm 101, Boulder, United States
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  • Total Documents
    5,138
  • Class Notes
    3,610
  • Textbook Notes
    488
  • Study Guides
    1,040
  • Currently Enrolled
    4,298
  • Previously Enrolled
    2,242

Overview of University of Colorado - Boulder (CU-Boulder)

About this school

The University of Colorado Boulder, founded in 1876, is a comprehensive, public university and a major research and teaching university. Its 600-acre campus is located in Boulder, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, 27 miles northwest of Denver.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:29,091
    • Men:16,232 (55.8%)
    • Women:12,859 (44.2%)

Location

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Admission Information (CU-Boulder)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to University of Colorado Boulder is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
4
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
3
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
January 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
Not used if submitted
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
-
City, State, Zip
Boulder, CO  80309
Phone
(303) 492-6301
Fax
(303) 492-7115
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
April 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 2 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
November 15
Early Action Notification
February 1

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted, supplemental forms required
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 required for all freshmen
Other
Audition for music program recommended for some freshmen
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
80% of 36,149 applicants were admitted
Women
83% of 17,294 applicants were admitted
Men
77% of 18,855 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
8,557 (30%) of 28,861 admitted students enrolled
Women
3,860 (27%) of 14,294 admitted students enrolled
Men
4,697 (32%) of 14,567 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.65
375 And Above
48%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
-

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
570-680 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
19%
• Score 600 - 700
44%
• Score 500 - 600
33%
• Score 400 - 500
4%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
580-665 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
14%
• Score 600 - 700
52%
• Score 500 - 600
31%
• Score 400 - 500
4%
• Score 300 - 400
Not reported
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
27 average |25-30 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
30%
• Score 24 - 29
53%
• Score 18 - 23
16%
• Score 12 - 17
Not reported
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (CU-Boulder)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $12,086|Out-of-state: $36,220
  • Room & Board: - $13,998 (77.371213796153%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,800 (9.949148795047535%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,294 (12.679637408799469%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


University of Colorado Boulder accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning March 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 001370
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
4,431 (68.5%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,628 (59.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,568 (97.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
1,188 (46.3%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
82%
Average Award
$15,834
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,953 (76.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,013
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,192 (85.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,654
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 132 (5.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
2,205 (34.1%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $8,704

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
13,509 (50.5%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
9,668 (71.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
9,404 (97.3%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
3,716 (39.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
80%
Average Award
$16,699
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 7,310 (77.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $11,091
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 8,156 (86.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,805
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 353 (3.8%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
7,250 (27.1%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $9,134

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
42%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$27,680
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
17.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
3.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Architecture, Area/Ethnic Studies, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Home Economics, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership
Special Characteristics
First-Generation College Students, Local/State Students, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,729

Academics & Instruction (CU-Boulder)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


Not reported

Part-Time Faculty


Not reported

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


Not reported

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 9% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 37% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 21% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 12% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 6% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 9% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 7% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 9% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 24% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 55% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 10% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • 50-59 students: - 1% of discussion sections/labs
  • Over 100 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
Over 100 students
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,650,147

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
1689
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Not Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


University of Colorado Boulder provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


88.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


45.2%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


65.5%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


69.0%

Programs & Majors (CU-Boulder)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (69)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics, General
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General
  • Communication and Media Studies, Other
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Environmental Studies
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International/Global Studies
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics, General
  • Physiology, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Women's Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Biological/life sciences, Business/marketing, Engineering

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Fine Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Music Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Engineering

Master's Programs of Study (95)


  • Accounting
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering
  • Animal Behavior
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Asian Studies
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Engineering
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Dance
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Policy
  • Educational Psychology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Film, Television, and Video Production
  • Finance and Banking
  • French
  • Genetics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • German
  • Hispanic and Latin American Languages
  • History
  • Hydrology
  • International Affairs
  • Japanese
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematical Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multilingual and Multicultural Education
  • Museum Studies
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Neurobiology
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Optical Sciences
  • Organizational Management
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Plasma Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Policy
  • Religion
  • Spanish
  • Structural Engineering
  • Telecommunications
  • Telecommunications Management
  • Theater
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Writing

Campus Life (CU-Boulder)

Location & Geography

Population


103,166

Nearest Metropolitan Area


600 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Denver

Weather


Temperature
16.1 average low in January, 81.4 average high in September
Rain
89 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
42 mile(s) from campus in Denver
Nearest Bus Station
1 mile(s) from campus in Boulder
Nearest Train Station
27 mile(s) from campus in Denver

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


28% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshmen are required to live on campus

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


72%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Not available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Ralphie the Buffalo
School Colors
Silver, gold, and black

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Lacrosse
Skiing (Cross-Country)
Skiing (Downhill)
Soccer
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Golf
Lacrosse
Skiing (Cross-Country)
Skiing (Downhill)
Soccer
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, ice hockey, soccer, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


University of Colorado Boulder offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, student government, cu gaming, boulder freeride, neuroscience club, association of holistic wellness

Sororities


20% of women participate

Fraternities


12% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered on campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


26,917

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
29,091
Women
12,859
Men
16,232

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 6.0% Asian
  • 1.8% Black/African-American
  • 12.7% Hispanic/Latino
  • 5.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 72.8% White
  • 0.7% Unknown

International Students


7.1% from 82 countries

Average Age


20

Number of Graduate Students


6,139

Student Resources (CU-Boulder)

Study resources