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5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: My teachers really cared about me as a student, were good counselors both personal and professional, and always very helpful.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Business school academics are great

4 College Freshman

Academics: I think that my classes are great! I have awesome professors and I love my classes. The registration was pretty easy. The work load is a roller coaster, sometimes it can be a lot and sometimes it can be very manageable.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: A lot of good professors who are passionate about what they teach. Help rooms available throughout the week depending on the course.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are very knowledgeable and helpful, workload is manageable, and there are many study areas available (I like Wolf Law, it's always quiet.)


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Transfer-Out Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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: 5%
  • Journalism: 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 179 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.

How often do you:    Based on 122 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 123 responses

  • 28% This was my dream school.
  • 56% This was one of my top choices.
  • 15% This was a school I settled for (safety school).



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