Academics

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

Academics: Registration process hard to learn - different answers from different advisors. Had to drop/add stuff!

You have to work hard here, 30k students=competition! Make sure you learn the attendance process and that you have a battery in your unit. Teachers are strict about your signing into class.

3 College Senior

Academics: ENVD is hardcore, if you cant keep up, keep out. Vigorous and eliminatory is how I would describe the first year, and you have to really want it. I would say the pressure of the other semesters is less, but thats a lie, you really just learn to take the stress.

5 College Freshman

Academics: There are a variety of course offerings depending on a students interests. There are high expectations that require students to think outside the box and challenges them to think critically.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: ENVD is tough but a great major!

5 College Freshman

Academics: Tons of options, great professors

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 77 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 11 responses

  • 23% Trey Parker - co-creator of South Park
  • 23% Matt Stone - co-creator of South Park
  • 20% Chauncey Billups - NBA player
  • 10% Billy Kidd - Olympic downhill skier
  • 10% Pretty Lights
  • 3% Byron "Whizzer" White - NFL player, Supreme Court justice
  • 3% Rick Reilly - Sports Illustrated columnist
  • 3% Chris Fowler - ESPN sportscaster
  • 3% Robert Redford - actor
  • 0% Kordell Stewart - NFL quarterback
  • 0% Hale Irwin - professional golfer

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 77 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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