University Of Colorado At Boulder

University Of Colorado At Boulder

The University of Colorado at Boulder, also known as CU-Boulder or UCB, is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. It was established in 1876. UCB offers more than 150 academic programs in diverse fields of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Architecture and Planning
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Engineering and Applied Science
  • College of Music
  • Graduate School
  • Leeds School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • School of Law

UCB's sports teams are nicknamed the Colorado Buffaloes. They compete in more than eight intercollegiate sports in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference. The Buffaloes have won over 20 NCAA championships.

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Contacting University of Colorado

University of Colorado at Boulder
Regent Drive at Broadway
Boulder , CO 80309-0017
General Phone: (303) 492-1411

University of Colorado Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts2,058Asian studies, Russian studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, linguistics, comparative literature, East Asian languages, Chinese language, Japanese language, ...
Business and Management1,008business management
Science861biochemistry, call and molecular biology, physiology, ecology and population biology, astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, chemical physics, geology, ...
Engineering788engineering, aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering physics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering ...
Therapy and Counseling639cognitive science, psychology, educational psychology, communication disorders
Media508communication studies, journalism
Architecture and Planning176environmental design
Fine Arts174fine arts
Education and Teaching170curriculum and instruction, social foundations of education, music teaching
Mathematics151mathematics, applied mathematics
Conservation and Resource Management114environmental studies
Computer Science and Engineering108computer science, computer engineering
Music104music, music history and theory, music performance
Religion and Philosophy101philosophy, religion
Photography and Commercial Art90film studies
Drama and Performing Arts51dance, drama
Medical Support and Technology6audiology

Number of programs and degrees for University of Colorado in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree5,79058
Master's degree99648
Doctor's degree32344
First-professional degree1731

University of Colorado Student Body

In 2007-2008, University of Colorado had a total enrollment of 31,796 students (27,999 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 50%
Women 50%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 16%
First Professional 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 2%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 6%
(Foreign Students) 4%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 32%
20-21 30%
22-24 17%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York2%
New Jersey2%
(International Students)1%
New Mexico1%

University of Colorado Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 83 %
Part-Time 55 %

University of Colorado Room and Board (2007)

University of Colorado offers campus housing for 6,700 of its 27,999 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Boulder, Colorado for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Colorado Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

University of Colorado Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520630
SAT Math550650
ACT Verbal2329
ACT Math2429
ACT Composite2428

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT63%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT76%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

University of Colorado Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 7,278
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,756
Room and board $ 9,860
Books and supplies $ 1,749
Other expenses $ 4,374

Financial Aid:
University of Colorado participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 137000)

University of Colorado Faculty

University of Colorado has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year0*1*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year350$121,79983$111,260
Associate professoracademic year213$88,918104$88,096
Assistant professoracademic year167$78,387133$71,062
Instructoracademic year144$49,515173$46,266
All faculty totalacademic year874$93,581493$72,722

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

University of Colorado Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Twelve Conference
Basketball Big Twelve Conference
Track Big Twelve Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports305484

University of Colorado Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Music Teacher Education
Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Architectural Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Physics
Engineering, General
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International/Global Studies
Italian Language and Literature
Japanese Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Museology/Museum Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences


Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music, General

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General
Physiology, General

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Communication Disorders, General
Educational Psychology
Psychology, General

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