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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:  33,056 (27,142 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  18 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest 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 - 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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty2,1951,005
Research and public service738311
Total graduate assistants-1,560
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,800$1,800$1,800$1,8000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$11,730$12,258$12,810$13,1943.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,900$8,980$9,072$11,16823.1%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$27,854$28,887$30,025$31,3934.6%
Off Campus$25,024$25,609$26,287$29,36711.7%
Off Campus with Family$15,980$16,485$17,071$18,0475.7%
On Campus$49,750$50,655$52,387$54,4273.9%
Off Campus$46,920$47,377$48,649$52,4017.7%
Off Campus with Family$37,876$38,253$39,433$41,0814.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$10,530
In-state fees$1,790
Out-of-state tuition$27,828
Out-of-state fees$1,790
  • Interpret data with caution. 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
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
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 aid13,59362%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,75547%$25,919,183$9,408
Federal grants97217%$5,001,123$5,145
Pell grants95316%$4,182,446$4,389
Other federal grants1192%$818,677$6,880
State/local government grant or scholarships3476%$1,020,046$2,940
Institutional grants or scholarships2,70547%$19,898,014$7,356
Student loan aid2,02535%$16,303,337$8,051
Federal student loans1,97134%$10,821,290$5,490
Other student loans2685%$5,482,047$20,455
  • 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 aid111,50643%$120,366,352$10,461
Pell grants4,57517%$19,492,438$4,261
Federal student loans8,14731%$53,383,929$6,553
  • 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$20,294$21,053$21,248
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 Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$13,636$14,071$13,714
$30,001 – $48,000$18,042$17,569$16,033
$48,001 – $75,000$22,596$22,129$20,982
$75,001 – $110,000$25,500$25,639$26,184
$110,001 and more$27,065$27,362$28,201
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment33,056
Undergraduate enrollment27,142
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,116
Graduate enrollment5,914
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: 11%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 71%
Two or more races: 5%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 6%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 94%
25 and over: 6%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 56%
Out-of-state: 38%
Foreign countries: 6%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 41%
Part-time: 59%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 8%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 92%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 6%
Enrolled in some distance education: 2%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 92%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants31,32516,61914,706
Percent admitted80%77%83%
Percent admitted who enrolled25%26%24%
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 2015 (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 Reading530640
SAT Math540660
ACT Composite2430
ACT English2431
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: 86%
Part-time students: 55%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 82 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 71%
Transfer-out rate: 19%
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 2007]
4-year: 44%
6-year: 70%
8-year: 72%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 47%
6-year: 71%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 69%
Female: 75%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 55%
Asian: 71%
Black or African American: 60%
Hispanic/Latino: 65%
White: 73%
Two or more races: 83%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 72%
Non-resident alien: 62%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
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/Architecture123--
Category total123--
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization1--
Asian Studies/Civilization3--
Ethnic Studies14-0
Russian Studies40-
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies0--
Women's Studies5--
Category total2700
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology11806
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology1631014
Physiology, General327205
Category total7113039
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General71220010
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management-12-
Real Estate-0-
Category total71221210
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 Rhetoric29745
Category total511225
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science97459
Information Science/Studies000
Category total97459
Curriculum and Instruction-345
Educational Evaluation and Research--1
Music Teacher Education199-
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education-10810
Category total1915116
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering9074d16
Architectural Engineering4053
Biochemical Engineering50--
Chemical Engineering451324
Civil Engineering, General587019
Computer Engineering, General38--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering4859d20
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics21--
Engineering, General077d-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering40--
Materials Engineering-10
Mechanical Engineering1965418
Telecommunications Engineering-65d1
Category total626418d101
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-12-
English Language and Literature, General164185
Category total164305
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Chinese Language and Literature13--
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General19110
Comparative Literature-70
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-81
French Language and Literature443
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General550
Italian Language and Literature1--
Japanese Language and Literature21--
Spanish Language and Literature5175
Category total1326516
Health Professions and Related Programs
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General51352
Category total513512
History, General9972
Category total9972
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General-1-
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other-0-
Category total-1162
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies22--
Category total22--
Mathematics and Statistics
Applied Mathematics, General36129
Mathematics, General5224
Category total881413
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Cognitive Science--0
International/Global Studies175--
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other94-
Museology/Museum Studies-8-
Science, Technology and Society--2
Category total184122
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Studies175104
Category total175104
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Jewish/Judaic Studies1--
Religion/Religious Studies12-
Category total4274
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General-1212
Chemical Physics--5
Chemistry, General19925
Geology/Earth Science, General511213
Geophysics and Seismology--1
Physics, General362429
Category total1396691
Educational Psychology-02
Psychology, General448716
Category total448718
Social Sciences
Economics, General252917
Political Science and Government, General152119
Category total6743353
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation162-
Dance, General145-
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General2415
Film/Cinema/Video Studies99--
Fine/Studio Arts, General958-
Music History, Literature, and Theory--2
Music Performance, General324422
Music, General10--
Visual and Performing Arts, Other--0
Category total2906029
Grand total5,3341,225591
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: - Career Services resources for veterans: see
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 567
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 82
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: $13,112
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $15,098
Full-time students: 82%
Part-time students: 82%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-A MenWomen
All Track Combined9295
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
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
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs6/24/2003 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession101
Drug law violations37119994
Liquor law violations771394216
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations21210475
Liquor law violations408139108
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible710
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault1122
Motor vehicle theft734
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible75
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault001
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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201320122011
Default rate3.1%2.7%4.7%
Number in default149133217
Number in repayment4,8054,7744,575
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)