Academics

Location
Boulder, CO
Undergrads
23,662
Tuition (in-state)
$31,378 ($9,482)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Junior

Academics: There are tons of program options and all of the departments have some great professors.

3 College Junior

Academics: Not many of the people in the program are super outgoing, so meeting people can be a challenge. Some of the classes are ridiculously hard, but others are pretty easy.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors have been great so far and really seem to be invested in their work as well as the success of their students. The registration process is smooth and I like that it is done online and that you can easily add and drop classes whenever you please. The workload is rigorous but manageable if you set aside some time to study. I was in the Farrand Rap, so it was nice to have a more intimate class setting where I could get to know my professor better as well as my peers.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I have to declared majors right now and that's Film and International Affairs. Film is nice because, although it is hard work, it also acts as a creative outlet for me. My first year I was a production assistant on two film sets which was an amazing experience. There are many opportunities available on campus, you just have to get your foot in the door and network. I like International Affairs because it's a perfect blend of politics and sociology and I get to practically minor in a language in the process. I will be participating in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in the fall and helping assist my Comparative Politics teacher in her research. So I would suggest that students with the same major to join UROP or to at least connect with teachers who are in that field.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: GREAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR JOB AND FACILITIES TO TRAIN. WORKLOAD IS DEMANDING.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 92nd
    Best Course Variety
  • 101st
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 155th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 450th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 671st
    Professors Most Interested in Classes

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Sara K. Jordan
Hometown
Littleton, CO
Major
International Affairs
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The task of reviving the minds of roughly 25,000 undergraduate students sounds exhausting—maybe even impossible. Yet, for more than 120 years, the faculty at the University of Colorado has repeatedly risen to the challenge. Ten minutes before every hour, a wave of people emerge from their classrooms. All of the sidewalks and halls crowd with bodies and voices. It can seem as if it would be overwhelming, but it is all too amazing. You might have back to back classes with your next class, which starts exactly ten minutes later, all the way across campus. It almost becomes a game of bobbing and weaving through people in order to get there on time, but you will. Still, some less inclined students remain steps behind: film students are stuck returning rented cameras to the Cage, while downstairs, weary freshmen wander frantically though uncharted halls. Across campus, English scholars sit writing the last lines to yet another wanting page and others students stop by the library to return a book on time.

You see, at CU we are all striving to get somewhere and accomplish something, but among masses exist differences and change. Therefore, when asked to comment on the teachers and classes at CU, student responses varied considerably. Some students rave over attentive professors, while others remain disappointed with teaching assistants. With well over 3,000 courses in 150 areas of study, CU offers countless opportunities that attract a multitude of interests. Even flipping through CU’s course catalog can be overwhelming. While some lower level classes may be huge, containing 300 to even 600 people in them, clickers have become the new thing. It is a way to participate in class and be held accountable for learning in certain classrooms. You may have to try harder in these classes to get to know the teachers, but it is well worth it when it comes time for letters of recommendation. And, it helps to get to know them as well if you happen to have one of those professors again in one of your upper-level classes, which tend to be a little more intimate. However, though this is the norm, experiences with teachers vary among a variety of amjors, and ultimately, it is the student's interest and effort that inevitably determine the overall academic experience.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
19:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,344
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
663
Total FT Faculty
2,680
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$89,908
Full-Time Retention Rate
83%
Part-Time Retention Rate
38%
Transfer-Out Rate
21%
Graduation Rate
68%
Programs/Majors Offered
80
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 51%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 35%
  • 50 or More Students: 14%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Music
  • Leeds School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 6%
  • Economics and Econometrics: 2%
  • Physiology: 2%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask other students and counselors about professors before registering for classes.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don't skip school for ski days.
  • Finish core requirements during the first two years.
  • Get to know your professors the first day so they can put a face with your name.
  • Go see your counselor as soon as possible, and maintain contact throughout the years.
  • Go to class, even if attendance is not mandatory.
  • Keep up with test dates when registered for Math Modules.
  • Learn to balance work and play.
  • Read each class syllabus and write down the important dates. Not all teachers remind you when assignments are going to be due, nor when tests are coming up.
  • The best studying can be accomplished at surrounding coffee shops and libraries.
Did You Know?
  • CU distinguished professor Stan Brakhage received the first American Film Institute (AFI) award for independent film and video artist. Brakhage is widely considered the most important filmmaker in avant-garde film.
  • Ever dream of riding rockets through the stars? 15 of CU-Boulder's alumni have become members of NASA's team of astronauts.
  • Through the division of Continuing Education, students lacking flexibility in their schedules can complete courses through evening classes, independent study, correspondence courses, computer certificate programs, distance learning, non-credit personal development, and a real estate program.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 77 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 24% Trey Parker - co-creator of South Park
  • 24% Matt Stone - co-creator of South Park
  • 21% Chauncey Billups - NBA player
  • 11% Pretty Lights
  • 8% Billy Kidd - Olympic downhill skier
  • 3% Byron "Whizzer" White - NFL player, Supreme Court justice
  • 3% Rick Reilly - Sports Illustrated columnist
  • 3% Kordell Stewart - NFL quarterback
  • 3% Chris Fowler - ESPN sportscaster
  • 3% Robert Redford - actor
  • 0% Hale Irwin - professional golfer

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 78 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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