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IPEDS ID: 126614
OPE ID: 00137000
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University of Colorado Boulder
Regent Drive at Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80309-0017
Distance from ZIP:  0.0 miles from 80309
General information:  (303) 492-1411
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Small
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  32,432 (26,557 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Research Universities (very high research activity)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
For more information on resources available through Disability Services, see:
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty2,124934
Research and public service704267
Total graduate assistants-1,298
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,992$1,800$1,800$1,8000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,278$11,730$12,258$12,8104.5%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,712$8,900$8,980$9,0721.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$27,236$27,854$28,887$30,0253.9%
Off Campus$25,426$25,024$25,609$26,2872.6%
Off Campus with Family$15,814$15,980$16,485$17,0713.6%
On Campus$48,414$49,750$50,655$52,3873.4%
Off Campus$46,604$46,920$47,377$48,6492.7%
Off Campus with Family$36,992$37,876$38,253$39,4333.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$10,224
In-state fees$1,750
Out-of-state tuition$27,522
Out-of-state fees$1,750
  • "Other expenses" include transportation ($936), a health insurance allowance ($2,358), and personal ($1,332). These costs, along with tuition, fees, room and board, and estimated books and supplies, are used by the Office of Financial Aid to compute financial need. The tuition reported is for the largest college, Arts and Sciences. Other colleges, including engineering and business, have higher tuition rates.
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
  • Currently, the tuition guarantee is for out-of-state undergraduate students only.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13,62163%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,70747%$24,170,010$8,929
Federal grants1,03818%$5,531,935$5,329
Pell grants99617%$4,213,502$4,230
Other federal grants1533%$1,318,433$8,617
State/local government grant or scholarships2855%$879,686$3,087
Institutional grants or scholarships2,61645%$17,758,389$6,788
Student loan aid2,08736%$18,234,306$8,737
Federal student loans2,00735%$10,784,853$5,374
Other student loans3396%$7,449,453$21,975
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid111,06242%$108,400,257$9,799
Pell grants4,57418%$18,904,017$4,133
Federal student loans8,38332%$54,044,316$6,447
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$19,991$20,294$21,053
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$13,934$13,636$14,071
$30,001 – $48,000$17,118$18,042$17,569
$48,001 – $75,000$22,183$22,596$22,129
$75,001 – $110,000$25,159$25,500$25,639
$110,001 and more$26,631$27,065$27,362
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment32,432
Undergraduate enrollment26,557
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,306
Graduate enrollment5,875
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 56%
Female: 44%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 5%
Black or African American: 2%
Hispanic/Latino: 10%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 72%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 5%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 93%
25 and over: 7%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 56%
Out-of-state: 38%
Foreign countries: 6%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 40%
Part-time: 60%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 9%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 91%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 91%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants28,85215,65713,195
Percent admitted84%82%87%
Percent admitted who enrolled24%26%22%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading520630
SAT Math540660
ACT Composite2430
ACT English2330
ACT Math2429
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 84%
Part-time students: 53%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 78 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 70%
Transfer-out rate: 21%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 42%
6-year: 68%
8-year: 70%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 46%
6-year: 70%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 68%
Female: 72%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 47%
Asian: 72%
Black or African American: 57%
Hispanic/Latino: 63%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 100%
White: 71%
Two or more races: 72%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 69%
Non-resident alien: 59%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • This is the first time we have excluded students going into active military duty. Our stipulation was that the student left in good academic standing (GPA above 2.0) and was in active duty within one year of leaving the university. We found 6 such students.
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Environmental Design/Architecture154--
Category total154--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization4--
Ethnic Studies19-0
Russian Studies4--
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies0--
Women's Studies10--
Category total37-0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology121216
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology131511
Physiology, General288256
Category total6183248
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General6511807
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-0-
Real Estate-0-
Category total6511807
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other0--
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other--0
Journalism, Other00-
Mass Communication/Media Studies00-
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication00-
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other-0-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric302119
Category total474249
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science915316
Information Science/Studies000
Category total915316
Curriculum and Instruction-351
Educational Evaluation and Research--0
Music Teacher Education167-
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education-415
Category total16836
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering8178d18
Architectural Engineering34104
Biochemical Engineering50--
Chemical Engineering431315
Civil Engineering, General846626
Computer Engineering, General33--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering3882d18
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics22--
Engineering, General065d-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering49--
Materials Engineering-00
Mechanical Engineering1585917
Telecommunications Engineering-52d0
Category total592425d98
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-12-
English Language and Literature, General201233
Category total201353
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature11--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General11110
Comparative Literature-33
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-110
French Language and Literature621
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General460
Italian Language and Literature3--
Japanese Language and Literature14--
Spanish Language and Literature6872
Category total1375510
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General63282
Category total63288
History, General11767
Category total11767
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General-7-
Category total-7166
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies34--
Category total34--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General48146
Mathematics, General5236
Category total1001712
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science--0
International/Global Studies207--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other410-
Museology/Museum Studies-6-
Science, Technology and Society--3
Category total211163
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies18837
Category total18837
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies1--
Religion/Religious Studies73-
Category total6295
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General-811
Chemical Physics--4
Chemistry, General151116
Geology/Earth Science, General3966
Geophysics and Seismology--2
Physics, General253031
Category total1186677
Educational Psychology-14
Psychology, General5142415
Category total5142519
Social Sciences
Economics, General232169
Political Science and Government, General177114
Category total7324931
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation318-
Dance, General135-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General1733
Film/Cinema/Video Studies119--
Fine/Studio Arts, General8313-
Music History, Literature, and Theory--3
Music Performance, General352914
Music, General7--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other--0
Category total3055820
Grand total5,4151,171552
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
  • Yellow Ribbon Program, see; Credit for military training and other information for veterans, see; Veteran Services: see; Student Veteran Association, see; Career Services resources for veterans, see
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 561
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 70
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $12,224
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $13,714
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined7892
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1913 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools(!)7/1/1923 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs1/12/1949 -  Accredited
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs6/24/2003 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs7/29/1969 -  Accredited
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs12/28/1971 - 10/1/2004Resigned
Clinical doctoral program in Audiology10/1/2004 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language12/1/2000 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1941 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1971 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession310
Drug law violations442371199
Liquor law violations767771394
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession100
Drug law violations303212104
Liquor law violations425408139
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible7710
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault8112
Motor vehicle theft1073
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible675
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault400
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate2.7%4.7%5.0%
Number in default133217198
Number in repayment4,7744,5753,900
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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