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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:  32,017 (26,096 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
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Navy, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
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 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty2,061946
Research and public service650261
Total graduate assistants-1,349
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 year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,748$1,992$1,800$1,8000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,792$11,278$11,730$12,2584.5%
Off Campus
Room and board-$8,712$8,900$8,9800.9%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$25,747$27,236$27,854$28,8873.7%
Off Campus$10,259$25,426$25,024$25,6092.3%
Off Campus with Family$10,259$15,814$15,980$16,4853.2%
On Campus$46,729$48,414$49,750$50,6551.8%
Off Campus$31,241$46,604$46,920$47,3771.0%
Off Campus with Family$31,241$36,992$37,876$38,2531.0%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
In-state tuition$9,918
In-state fees$1,596
Out-of-state tuition$26,712
Out-of-state fees$1,596
  • Other expenses" include transportation ($936), a health insurance allowance ($2,232), and personal ($1,314). 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
  • The tuition guarantee is currently for out-of-state undergraduate students only.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
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 aid13,23459%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,19040%$19,514,209$8,911
Federal grants94917%$4,915,911$5,180
Pell grants90117%$3,738,110$4,149
Other federal grants1763%$1,177,801$6,692
State/local government grant or scholarships4088%$1,247,618$3,058
Institutional grants or scholarships2,10739%$13,350,680$6,336
Student loan aid2,04038%$16,795,390$8,233
Federal student loans1,97236%$10,679,667$5,416
Other student loans2755%$6,115,723$22,239
  • 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 aid110,34040%$96,626,626$9,345
Pell grants4,46717%$18,091,839$4,050
Federal student loans8,55633%$55,262,959$6,459
  • 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$18,377$19,991$20,294
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 Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$12,181$13,934$13,636
$30,001 – $48,000$15,071$17,118$18,042
$48,001 – $75,000$20,593$22,183$22,596
$75,001 – $110,000$23,994$25,159$25,500
$110,001 and more$25,230$26,631$27,065
  • 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 2013
Total enrollment32,017
Undergraduate enrollment26,096
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,290
Graduate enrollment5,921
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 92%
Part-time: 8%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 55%
Female: 45%
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: 74%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 93%
25 and over: 7%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 57%
Out-of-state: 39%
Foreign countries: 3%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 39%
Part-time: 61%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 3%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 96%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 8%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 90%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants22,47311,99510,478
Percent admitted88%86%90%
Percent admitted who enrolled30%31%29%
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 2013 (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 Math540650
ACT Composite2429
ACT English2330
ACT Math2329
  • Neither SAT Writing nor ACT Writing tests are required.
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: 85%
Part-time students: 53%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
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, 79 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
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:
4-year: 40%
6-year: 68%
8-year: 71%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
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: 67%
Female: 72%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 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: 59%
Asian: 71%
Black or African American: 55%
Hispanic/Latino: 59%
White: 71%
Two or more races: 71%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 68%
Non-resident alien: 70%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
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/Architecture178--
Category total178--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization7--
Ethnic Studies22-0
Russian Studies9--
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies1--
Women's Studies6--
Category total45-0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology113211
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology1391011
Physiology, General278248
Category total5903738
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General6761878
Category total6761878
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric267510
Category total5582310
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science575716
Category total575716
Curriculum and Instruction-405
Educational Evaluation and Research--0
Music Teacher Education147-
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education-1077
Category total1415412
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering6758d13
Architectural Engineering4311
Biochemical Engineering46--
Chemical Engineering391617
Civil Engineering, General899710
Computer Engineering, General41--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering3875d21
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics21--
Engineering, General063d-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering43--
Materials Engineering-00
Mechanical Engineering1306515
Telecommunications Engineering-49d0
Category total557424d77
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-12-
English Language and Literature, General211146
Category total211266
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature10--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General12161
Comparative Literature-104
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-140
French Language and Literature1221
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General750
Italian Language and Literature9--
Japanese Language and Literature23--
Spanish Language and Literature8593
Category total1888112
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General72352
Category total723510
History, General133105
Category total133105
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General-0-
Category total-0173
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies37--
Category total37--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General281317
Mathematics, General6689
Category total942126
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science--0
International/Global Studies201--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other76-
Museology/Museum Studies-7-
Science, Technology and Society--1
Category total208131
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies22261
Category total22261
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies0--
Religion/Religious Studies415-
Category total69234
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General-312
Chemical Physics--2
Chemistry, General22317
Geology/Earth Science, General42199
Geophysics and Seismology--0
Physics, General323519
Category total1136966
Educational Psychology-21
Psychology, General587413
Category total587614
Social Sciences
Economics, General2231311
Political Science and Government, General193137
Category total7854935
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation384-
Dance, General145-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2543
Film/Cinema/Video Studies130--
Fine/Studio Arts, General10710-
Music History, Literature, and Theory--5
Music Performance, General333735
Music, General11--
Category total3586043
Grand total5,7521,281557
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined8291
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, Committee on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs1/12/1949 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - 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, Commission on Community/Junior College 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
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession031
Drug law violations351442371
Liquor law violations710767771
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession010
Drug law violations269303212
Liquor law violations421425408
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible477
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault2811
Motor vehicle theft5107
  • For 2011, Line c was changed from six to seven based upon further investigation by UCPD of an additional reported sex assault. For 2012, Line f indicates eight aggravated assaults in which two students sickened their professor and classmates with marijuana-infused brownies.
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible267
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault140
Motor vehicle theft000
  • For 2011, Line c was changed from five to six based upon further investigation by UCPD of an additional reported sex assault.
  • (!) 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 Year20102009
Default rate5.0%3.6%
Number in default198150
Number in repayment3,9004,158
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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