University of Colorado at Boulder Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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The large majority of applicants are accepted at CU Boulder each year—in 2015, four out of five of those who applied were admitted. To apply, prospective students will need to submit an application, scores from the SAT or ACT, high school transcripts, a personal essay, and a letter of recommendation. If you have any questions about applying, be sure to contact a member of the admissions team for assistance.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • The University of Colorado - Boulder Acceptance Rate: 77%
  • GPA, ACT and SAT graph for CU Boulder 
  • Test Scores" 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 520 / 640
    • SAT Math: 550 / 670
    • ACT Composite: 25 / 30
    • ACT English: 24 / 31
    • ACT Math: 24 / 29

The University of Colorado at Boulder Description

The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder) is the flagship campus of Colorado's university system. The 600-acre campus is located right in the heart of Boulder. The university is a member of the prestigious American Association of Universities, and it ranks in the top 10 of public universities for its level of sponsored research.

CU Boulder offers 85 undergraduate majors in its five colleges and four schools. The university was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

Outside of the classroom, students can participate in a number of clubs and organizations, including academic honor societies, recreational clubs, and performing arts groups. On the athletic front, the CU Boulder Buffaloes compete in the NCAA Division I Pac 12 Conference. Popular sports include basketball, track and field, cross country, and golf.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 33,977 (27,901 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 56% Male / 44% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,531 (in-state); $35,079 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,194
  • Other Expenses: $2,294
  • Total Cost: $29,215 (in-state); $52,763 (out-of-state)

The University of Colorado at Boulder Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 64%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 51%
    • Loans: 35%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,410
    • Loans: $8,036

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Design, Global Studies, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
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Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 20%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 47%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Skiing, Basketball, Track and Field, Cross Country
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Basketball

    Data Source:

    National Center for Educational Statistics

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