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The University of Colorado Boulder is a public research university founded in 1876. It is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System and part of the Association of American Universities, which is an elite group of research universities.

Key Facts


  • #97 in National Universities according to US News & World Report 2022-23
  • #42 in Top Public Schools
  • #30 in Best Undergraduate Programs for Engineering
  • #10 in Aerospace/ Aeronautical/ Astronautical Engineering

Year founded

  • 1876 

School type

  • Public, coed, no religious affiliation 

Latest undergraduate enrolment

  • 30,936

Latest graduate enrolment

  • 7,020

Student-faculty ratio

  • 18:1

Freshman acceptance rate

  • 80% 

Average SAT/ ACT for freshman entry

  • SAT between 1170 and 1390 / ACT 25-31 

Average GPA for freshman entry

  • 3.7

International student population

  • 3.7% 

Median starting salary of alumni

  • $55,000

Popular majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing and Related Support Services; Engineering; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism 

Tuition and Room & Board

  • $40,356 /$16,146
About the university

Different colleges/ schools within the university include College of Arts & Sciences, Leeds School of Business, School of Education, College of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Law, College of Media, Communication & Information, College of Music.

  • Over 400 student clubs and organizations
  • More than 80 undergraduate major programs as well as minor and accelerated degree programs
  • More than 200 doctoral, law, master’s, certificate, professional master’s programs
  • Famous alumni include Victor Tsao, entrepreneur and hardware engineer, co-founder of consumer network hardware company Linksys; James Roche, politician, who served as the 20th Secretary of the Air Force
Kings alumni at University of Colorado Boulder

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