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University of Colorado Boulder Share Share

Quick Stats Share Share
SAT Score Range 1070 - 1310
ACT Score Range 25 - 30
Acceptance Rate
Admissions Selectivity
Admissions Yield
Gender Distribution
Average Salary after Graduating
Average Salary a Few Years after Graduating
Tuition + Fees
Student Median Household Income
Undergrad Focus
Undergrad Retention Rate
Undergrad Size
Graduation Rate
Category
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Acceptance Rate

79.8%

Acceptance Rate by Gender

Percent of Applicants

SAT Score Range

1070 - 1310
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 1600

ACT Score Range

25 - 30
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 36

Tuition & Fees

$36,220

Average Salary in 10 Years

$59,700
Note: 10 years after enrolling at University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder is located in Boulder, Colorado. It is a large public school part of the University of Colorado system and offers both undergraduate and graduate programs. It has 29,056 undergraduate students enrolled and admission is somewhat selective with an acceptance rate of 79.8%.

Popular majors include Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. 69% of students graduate and go on to earn an average starting salary of $42,700.

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🗺 Regent Drive At Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80309
🌐 www.colorado.edu
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What test scores do you need to get into University of Colorado Boulder?

SAT Score Range

1070 - 1310
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 1600

ACT Score Range

25 - 30
25th to 75th percentiles
Out of 36

Median SAT Score

1190
Out of 1600

Median ACT Score

28
Out of 36
SAT Score Breakdown

SAT Total Score Ranges

SAT Critical Reading Score Ranges

SAT Math Score Ranges

ACT Score Breakdown

ACT Total Score Ranges

ACT English Score Ranges

ACT Math Score Ranges

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SATs or the ACTs? Share Share
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Should you take the SATs or the ACTs?

Students Submitting SATs

29%

Students Submitting ACTs

81%

A lot more students take the ACTs than the SATs.

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University of Colorado Boulder has around 36,148 applicants.

Of the students admitted, 23% decide to enroll at University of Colorado Boulder. This is the admissions yield. A higher admisssions yield means students want to attend the school. A lower one means that they decided to attend another school.

Out of the 36,148 applicants 52% are men and 48% are women. This means that for every 100 male applicants, there are 92 women, or for every 100 female applicants, there are 109 men.

University of Colorado Boulder's acceptance rate is 79.8%. The acceptance rate for men is 77.3% and the acceptance rate for women is 82.7%.

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Who applies to University of Colorado Boulder?

Number of Applicants

36,148

Number of Applicants per Spot

6
per spot

Male Applicants

52%

Female Applicants

48%
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Getting into University of Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado Boulder Acceptance Rate

79.8%

Getting in

Selective

Male Acceptance Rate

77.3%

Female Acceptance Rate

82.7%
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Do Students Want to Go to University of Colorado Boulder?

University of Colorado Boulder Admissions Yield

23%
of accepted students choose to go to University of Colorado Boulder

Male Admissions Yield

24%

Female Admissions Yield

21%
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Admission Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Record Required
Complete High School Required
Recommendations Recommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
College Requirements
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Graduation Rate

69%
within 6 years

Men Graduation Rate

67%

Women Graduation Rate

71%

Undergrad Graduation Rate

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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Can you afford to attend University of Colorado Boulder?

Average Cost After Financial Aid

$23,127
for one year
Source: Dept. of Education

Published Tuition & Fees

$36,220
Excludes housing Source: Dept. of Education

Out-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$50,218
per year

In-of-State Cost: Tuition, Fees & Housing

$26,084
per year
How much debt will you graduate with?

Median Student Debt

$19,500
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

How much will you pay each month?

$207
Median debt expressed in 10-year monthly payments Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the median monthly payment a graduate of University of Colorado Boulder would expect to pay over 10 years.

Will you be able to pay off your debt?

74%
of students are able to pay down debt 3 years after graduation
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The 3-year repayment rate is the percentage of students who are able to repay some of their student debt.

Why does this matter? A high rate means that students are making enough money so that they can pay down their student debt. A low rate means that students are having trouble paying down their loans.

University of Colorado Boulder Financial Aid

Students Receiving Financial Aid

63%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

Students Receiving a Federal Student Loan

30%
of students
Source: Dept. of Education

To learn more and apply for financial aid at University of Colorado Boulder you can visit www.colorado.edu/finaid/.

University of Colorado Boulder Tuition and Room & Board

Out-of-State Tuition

Total Cost: $50,218
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

In-State Tuition

Total Cost: $26,084
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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How much money will you make after graduating from University of Colorado Boulder?

University of Colorado Boulder students, on average, make $59,700 10-years after they start school (this is approximately 6 years after graduation).

Their salary grows by around 9% in the several years after graduation.

Average Earnings of Students from University of Colorado Boulder

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Data is for the number of years after you start at University of Colorado Boulder. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

How much will your income increase each year?

8.7%
in early to mid-career Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Based on average salary 6 years and 10 years after starting school at University of Colorado Boulder.

Median Earnings of Students from University of Colorado Boulder

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, U.S. Dept of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at University of Colorado Boulder.

Male Students: Average Earnings from University of Colorado Boulder

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at University of Colorado Boulder.

Female Students: Average Earnings from University of Colorado Boulder

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School)
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at University of Colorado Boulder.

Range of Salary Outcomes 10 Years After Starting at University of Colorado Boulder

Annual Salary (Years after Starting School) by Percentile
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Salary data is for the number of years after you start at University of Colorado Boulder.
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Return on Education Share Share
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What's the return on the cost of your education?

Is it worth your money to attend University of Colorado Boulder? There are many ways to estimate the financial return on your education.

We use the 10-year average earnings (the 10 years start when you enroll, so if you attend a 4-year college, this would be approximately 6 years after you graduate) and the all in one year cost of attending the school. The all in cost is the sum of tuition, fees, and on-campus housing.

By comparing the two, you can get a sense if what the average graduate in early to mid career makes at least covers your cost of attending one year of school.

A higher number is better.

10-Year Average Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

1.2x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at University of Colorado Boulder. Salary is for the number of years after you start at University of Colorado Boulder. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

10-Year Median Salary vs. 1-Year Full Cost of School

1.0x
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: This is the full-on cost of on year at University of Colorado Boulder. Salary is for the number of years after you start at University of Colorado Boulder. If this is a 4-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 6 years after graduation. If this is a 2-year college, then 10 years after entry would be 8 years after graduation.

Tuition vs. Earnings

Annual Costs and Earnings
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
Note: Housing costs are for on-campus housing.
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Student-Faculty Ratio

18
students per faculty

Average Professional Salary

$104,737
for full-time professors
Salary Group: Medium-High
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Can you go to grad school at University of Colorado Boulder?

Yes
Highest degree: Doctor's degree
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Undergraduate Focus

82%

Undergrads

29,056

Total Students

35,338
undergrads and grad students

Part-Time Students

6%

Students over 25

6%

Student Median Household Income

$81,328
per year
(compared to U.S. median household income of $61,372 in 2017) Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education, U.S. Census Bureau
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Who will be your classmates?

Women

44%
of undergraduates

Men

56%
of undergraduates

Are there more men or more women?

Slightly More Men

University of Colorado Boulder has slightly more male students than female students.

This means that for every 100 women, there are 127 men. Or that for every 100 men, there are 79 women.

International Students

7%
of undergraduates

Undergraduate Student Diversity at University of Colorado Boulder

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Student Age

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

Where are Students from?

Percent of Undergrads
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education
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What do students at University of Colorado Boulder study?

University of Colorado Boulder Popular Majors

Percent of Students
Source: College Benchmark, Dept. of Education

The most popular majors at University of Colorado Boulder are:

  1. Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
  2. Biological and Biomedical Sciences
  3. Social Sciences
  4. Engineering
  5. Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Approximately 63% of students choose to study one of these majors.
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Will you be happy at University of Colorado Boulder?

Undergrad Full-Time Student Retention Rate

87%

Undergrad Part-Time Student Retention Rate

63%

Students Who Transfer Out of University of Colorado Boulder

20%

Student retention rate is an indicator of student satisfaction. Retention rate is the percentage of students who continue to study at the college the following year.

Higher retention rates mean students tend to stay at the college, while lower retention rates students are unsatisfied and leave.

University of Colorado Boulder has a retention rate of 87% for full-time undergrads, which is high.

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Undergraduate Transfers

1,446
5% of undergraduates

Transfer In Rate

Low

University of Colorado Boulder has around 1,446 students who transfer into the school each year. This is fairly low at approximately 5% of total undergraduates.

Higher transfer in rates mean that students see University of Colorado Boulder as better than the college they were previously enrolled in. Higher rates also mean that there will be more new faces on campus.

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Presidential Election Results of 2016

Democratic

Politically, Colorado tends to be Somewhat Democratic. In the 2016 Presidential election, 48% of the state voted for the Democratic party, 43% voted for the Republican party, and 5% voted for neither.

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