University of Colorado - Boulder

2,470 reviews
  1. Boulder, CO
  2. 4 Year
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    A+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
University of Colorado - Boulder is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Pac-12 Conference
Address
Regent Drive at Broadway
Boulder, CO 80309

University of Colorado - Boulder Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
84%
SAT Range
1060-1290
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$21,053/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,071/ year
  • $30-48k
    $17,569/ year
  • $49-75k
    $22,129/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,639/ year
  • $110k+
    $27,362/ year

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
18:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
74%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.179 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.181 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.180 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
24,344Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
1%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 117 responses
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  • Friendly
    33%
  • You can find all types of students.
    26%
  • Chill, so Colorado ;)
    12%
  • Preppy Trustfund and Native Coloradoan
    8%
  • Ignorant
    4%
  • Beautiful
    4%
  • California
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
54%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.214 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.259 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 128 responses
Report
  • SKO BUFFS!
    34%
  • CU BUFFS!
    17%
  • Lively
    13%
  • F*** 'em up, F*** 'em up, GO CU!
    8%
  • Beautiful
    7%
  • Happening and fun
    7%
  • Accepting community
    6%

After University of Colorado - Boulder

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
91%
National
83%
80%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.131 responses

Reviews

2,470 reviews
  • Excellent
    419
  • Very Good
    1016
  • Average
    831
  • Poor
    136
  • Terrible
    68
I think the number and variety of courses offered is wonderfull. I have always wanted to take a class on Greek mythology, and they have it! It's so cool! I also love their system of doing recitation classes to go along with lectures to help students review what was taught in the large lecture hall in a smaller sized classroom. Academic advisors are very helpful in guiding you to what classes you should take or how many credits is too much in one semester. The RAP is really great too! It stands for Residential Academic Programs. In certain residence halls, they require students to take a class within that hall which benefits the students a lot because the classroom is right there and easy to access and they also get to know classmates/roommates better too!
  • College Freshman
  • 4 months ago
The dorms are pretty nice; some are a lot newer and nicer than others, but overall my residence hall experience has been good. I lived at the small residence community away from campus (Williams Village). It is nice to be able to get away and not feel like you're stuck directly on campus all of the time. The free bus that runs directly to and from Williams Village is really reliable and efficient. My only complaint revolving around the dorms was that the bathrooms were disgusting, but that depends on who you are living around and whether your floor mates are clean. The amenities were great. Some of the dorms have classrooms and projectors. My friends and I would get together every once in a while and watch a movie in the large screens in the classrooms. There are also small campus grocery stores, coffee shops, and other cool things like that. The social atmosphere is really great! Everyone is so friendly and open to meeting new people. There are always free things to do around the residence halls and campus. For example, around finals week, you'll see little essential oil making kits and masseuse chairs around campus. You can make your own massage oil and there are people to give you a massage. It's pretty great.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 23 2015
My overall experience at CU-Boulder was something unexplainable. From the first weekend in the dorms freshman year to graduation 4 years later, each moment filled me with joy, the feeling of adventure, and love rooted deep in a place and its people. There were times when I may not have felt my best (due to personal things), but the Flatirons could always take away those bad feelings. Each and every time I returned to Boulder from my home in the Midwest, the presence of the mountains always brought me back home to Boulder. I met many friends at CU and still hangout with a lot of them to this day, whether it be in Denver, in the mountains, or on summer trips. The friends I made at CU will be friends for a lifetime. Academically, I was in the Environmental Studies program and enjoyed many of my professors and topics that were covered. Lower division classes were generally larger lectures, while upper division classes were smaller and more intimate (professors knew you by your name, etc.). It was a nice mix of both large and small class sizes.The only bad thing about the ENVS Program at CU was the Advisor's Office- I had nearly 4 advisors throughout my 3.5 years at CU! Parties happen all the time, almost every night of the week if you find the right crew. The dining in Boulder is also great-- there's cheap food to order during finals week and high-class restaurants to bring your parents to when they come to town. There's 2 awesome venues in town, so you can catch live music every week. The Flatirons are super close to the Hill and campus so you can hike literally WHENEVER the weather permits. A short drive up Canyon will bring you to more mountainous areas for hiking and off-roading, while Nederland is a fun mountain town that's only 30 minutes away.There are many employment opportunities for students, whether at CU, a local restaurant, or a shop.There's many internship opportunities as well- I actually now work at a non-profit in Boulder where I interned my Jr. year!
  • Recent Alumnus
  • June 17 2015