University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, CO

School Background

2022 Undergraduate Enrollment: 30,414
Graduate Enrollment: 8,114
Doctoral Universities: Very High Research Activity
Highest degree awarded: Graduate
Religious Affiliation: None

Campus Details

Medium City (100k-250k)
Four-year, large, primarily residential // full-time, more selective, lower transfer-in

Applicant and Admittance Traits

2022 Admission Rate: 79.58%

Male/Female: 52% / 48% (2017)

First generation college students: 20.4% (2017)
Percentage of students who are married when enrolled: 2.1% (2017)
Percentage of students who are veterans: 0.3% (2017)

Test scores for admission: Considered but not required
2022 Median Admit SAT: 1,292
SAT 25th Percentile - 75th: 1170 - 1390

2022 Median Admit ACT: 28
ACT 25th Percentile - 75th: 25 - 31

Appliants applying to 2+ schools: 68.0% (2017)
Appliants applying to 3+ schools: 52.0% (2017)
Appliants applying to 4+ schools: 40.5% (2017)
Appliants applying to 5+ schools: 31.5% (2017)

Ethnicity Information

White: 68.0%
Black: 1.6%
Hispanic: 13.3%
Asian: 6.2%
American Indian/Alaska Native: 0.1%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
2+ races: 6.4%
Non-resident alien: 3.6%
Unknown race: 0.8%

Costs & Fees

2022 Average Tuition & Fees (Room/Board/Books): $31,442
In-State tuition: $12,496
Out-of-State tuition: $38,314

Estimated books and supplies: $1,200 (2022)
Estimated on-campus room & board: $15,676 (2022)
Estimated on-campus other fees: $2,979 (2022)

Estimated off-campus room & board: $13,050 (2022)
Estimated off-campus other fees: $2,979 (2022)

Average Family Income: $108,017 (2017)
Median Family Income: $70,221 (2017)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Percentage of students receiving Pell Grant: 15.3%
Percentage of students with Federal Loans: 24.7%

Median federal loan debt at graduation: $19,500 (2021)
Median federal loan payment: $207 (2021)

Household Income Net Cost
0-$30k $13,807
$30k-48k $15,194
$48k-75k $18,334
$75k-110k $25,611
$110k+ $29,352

Graduate Outcomes & Job Placements

4-year graduation rate: 53%
6-year graduation rate: 74%

1 year post-graduation workforce participation: 94.4% (2020)

Loans

Median federal debt for graduates: $19,500 (2021)
Median federal debt for non-graduates: $9,500 (2021)

Median federal debt for first-generation graduates: $13,887 (2021)
Median federal debt for Pell grant recipient graduates: $14,373 (2021)

Ability to Repay Loans

Graduates, % of Loans in Repayment
(Non-delinquent/default)
Percentage
@1 Year 77.8% (2015)
@3 year 82.4% (2017)
@5 year 83.6% (2017)


1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid (Non-delinquent/default) - Pell Grant Recipients: 60.8% (2015)
1-year Graduate % of Loans being Repaid - 1st Generation Attendees: 62.2% (2015)

Earnings Power

Median earnings, 1 year post graduation: $45,796 (2020)
Median earnings, 4 years post graduation: $60,811 (2020)

Popular Majors

Type of Degree Major 2022 Graduates Median Federal Debt Median Monthly Payment 1yr Median Earnings (monthly gross) 4yr Median Earnings (monthly gross)
Master's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 16
Master's Degree Mathematics. 11
Doctoral Degree English Language and Literature, General. 4
Master's Degree Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies. 19
Bachelor's Degree Journalism. 64 $15,750 $162 $35,169 ($2,931) $62,737 ($5,228)
Master's Degree Journalism. 7
Master's Degree Radio, Television, and Digital Communication. 1
Bachelor's Degree Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication. 389 $19,433 $196 $42,120 ($3,510)
Master's Degree Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication. 17
Doctoral Degree Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other. 1
Master's Degree Computer and Information Sciences, General. 3
Bachelor's Degree Information Science/Studies. 12
Bachelor's Degree Computer Science. 332 $19,974 $209 $72,747 ($6,062) $104,284 ($8,690)
Master's Degree Computer Science. 81 $99,638 ($8,303) $121,203 ($10,100)
Doctoral Degree Computer Science. 19
Master's Degree Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education. 67 $58,957 ($4,913)
Doctoral Degree Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education. 2
Master's Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 47 $48,661 ($4,055) $55,203 ($4,600)
Doctoral Degree Curriculum and Instruction. 5
Master's Degree Educational Administration and Supervision. 4
Doctoral Degree Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research. 2
Master's Degree Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. 11 $64,633 ($5,386)
Doctoral Degree Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education. 1
Bachelor's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 16
Master's Degree Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas. 7
Bachelor's Degree Engineering, General. 31
Bachelor's Degree English Language and Literature, General. 133 $19,522 $204 $30,257 ($2,521) $37,557 ($3,130)
Bachelor's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 260 $20,500 $201 $67,526 ($5,627) $82,040 ($6,837)
Master's Degree Mechanical Engineering. 69 $466 $83,785 ($6,982) $92,952 ($7,746)
Doctoral Degree Mechanical Engineering. 13
Bachelor's Degree Biochemical Engineering. 79 $15,000 $164 $58,688 ($4,891) $83,236 ($6,936)
Bachelor's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 32 $34,835 ($2,903)
Master's Degree Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services. 28 $48,608 ($4,051)
Bachelor's Degree East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 41 $46,064 ($3,839)
Master's Degree East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 6
Doctoral Degree East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 1
Bachelor's Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 7
Master's Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 4
Doctoral Degree Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 3
Bachelor's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 49 $57,251 ($4,771)
Master's Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 10
Doctoral Degree Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 4
Bachelor's Degree Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 22
Doctoral Degree Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 1
Bachelor's Degree Mathematics. 101 $20,960 $204 $41,755 ($3,480) $68,103 ($5,675)
Doctoral Degree Mathematics. 12
Bachelor's Degree Applied Mathematics. 63
Master's Degree Applied Mathematics. 23
Doctoral Degree Applied Mathematics. 12
Master's Degree Museology/Museum Studies. 10
Master's Degree Science, Technology and Society. 11
Doctoral Degree Science, Technology and Society. 6
Bachelor's Degree International/Global Studies. 162 $17,600 $184 $30,843 ($2,570) $50,504 ($4,209)
Doctoral Degree Cognitive Science. 6
Bachelor's Degree Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other. 87 $23,831 $254 $43,427 ($3,619)
Bachelor's Degree Philosophy. 52 $25,218 $233 $46,884 ($3,907)
Master's Degree Philosophy. 7
Doctoral Degree Philosophy. 3
Bachelor's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 8
Master's Degree Religion/Religious Studies. 7
Bachelor's Degree Astronomy and Astrophysics. 62 $22,324 $228 $42,603 ($3,550) $50,573 ($4,214)
Master's Degree Astronomy and Astrophysics. 16
Doctoral Degree Astronomy and Astrophysics. 3
Bachelor's Degree Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. 5
Master's Degree Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. 2
Doctoral Degree Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. 6
Bachelor's Degree Chemistry. 27
Master's Degree Chemistry. 15
Master's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 24 $774 $51,137 ($4,261) $63,594 ($5,300)
First Professional Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 8
Bachelor's Degree Political Science and Government. 192 $19,500 $199 $39,266 ($3,272) $60,121 ($5,010)
Master's Degree Political Science and Government. 7
Doctoral Degree Political Science and Government. 5
Bachelor's Degree Sociology. 156 $17,819 $170 $35,632 ($2,969) $51,246 ($4,271)
Master's Degree Sociology. 4
Doctoral Degree Sociology. 9
Bachelor's Degree Dance. 11
Master's Degree Dance. 4
Bachelor's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 19 $30,402 ($2,534)
Master's Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 4
Doctoral Degree Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft. 4
Bachelor's Degree Film/Video and Photographic Arts. 78 $20,000 $207 $16,574 ($1,381) $39,168 ($3,264)
Bachelor's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 67 $21,500 $207 $25,847 ($2,154) $35,473 ($2,956)
Master's Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 6 $28,613 ($2,384) $45,562 ($3,797)
Doctoral Degree Fine and Studio Arts. 4
Bachelor's Degree Music. 54 $17,288 $159 $18,953 ($1,579)
Master's Degree Music. 41 $466 $22,832 ($1,903) $41,316 ($3,443)
Doctoral Degree Chemistry. 29 $80,309 ($6,692)
Bachelor's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 193 $21,000 $209 $35,384 ($2,949) $48,881 ($4,073)
Master's Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 51 $659 $48,720 ($4,060)
Doctoral Degree Natural Resources Conservation and Research. 7
Bachelor's Degree Environmental Design. 140 $23,641 $239 $38,691 ($3,224) $52,694 ($4,391)
Bachelor's Degree Area Studies. 18
Master's Degree Area Studies. 4
Bachelor's Degree Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies. 31
Bachelor's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 197 $17,500 $175 $37,203 ($3,100) $56,211 ($4,684)
Master's Degree Communication and Media Studies. 7
Doctoral Degree Communication and Media Studies. 6
Master's Degree Engineering, General. 60 $111,609 ($9,301) $137,527 ($11,461)
Bachelor's Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 115 $25,039 $260 $77,168 ($6,431) $92,144 ($7,679)
Master's Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 119 $466 $94,709 ($7,892) $114,679 ($9,557)
Doctoral Degree Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering. 18 $124,458 ($10,372)
Bachelor's Degree Architectural Engineering. 40 $15,165 $154 $64,643 ($5,387) $82,241 ($6,853)
Master's Degree Architectural Engineering. 13
Doctoral Degree Architectural Engineering. 2
Bachelor's Degree Chemical Engineering. 70 $24,500 $251 $62,410 ($5,201) $93,146 ($7,762)
Master's Degree Chemical Engineering. 19
Doctoral Degree Chemical Engineering. 24
Bachelor's Degree Civil Engineering. 63 $20,500 $205 $72,481 ($6,040) $75,539 ($6,295)
Master's Degree Civil Engineering. 63 $72,200 ($6,017) $82,508 ($6,876)
Doctoral Degree Civil Engineering. 21
Bachelor's Degree Computer Engineering. 62 $23,000 $247 $78,276 ($6,523) $96,333 ($8,028)
Bachelor's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 39 $20,414 $204 $74,910 ($6,243) $91,412 ($7,618)
Master's Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 160 $111,518 ($9,293) $115,243 ($9,604)
Doctoral Degree Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering. 21
Bachelor's Degree Engineering Physics. 29
Bachelor's Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 39 $20,836 $221 $64,820 ($5,402) $73,677 ($6,140)
Master's Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 16
Doctoral Degree Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering. 4
Master's Degree Materials Engineering 17
Doctoral Degree Materials Engineering 3
Master's Degree Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. 5
First Professional Degree Law. 156 $1,202 $65,704 ($5,475) $89,219 ($7,435)
Master's Degree Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies. 6
Bachelor's Degree Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. 22
Bachelor's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 76 $20,185 $196 $38,896 ($3,241) $51,989 ($4,332)
Master's Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 1
Doctoral Degree Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology. 9
Bachelor's Degree Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences. 141 $17,889 $164 $37,185 ($3,099) $45,504 ($3,792)
Master's Degree Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences. 3
Doctoral Degree Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences. 11
Bachelor's Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 343 $20,330 $207 $31,841 ($2,653) $49,460 ($4,122)
Master's Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 16
Doctoral Degree Physiology, Pathology and Related Sciences. 8
Bachelor's Degree Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. 219 $23,331 $225 $31,789 ($2,649) $44,364 ($3,697)
Master's Degree Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. 5
Doctoral Degree Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, and Population Biology. 4
Bachelor's Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 120 $21,900 $218 $37,139 ($3,095) $60,304 ($5,025)
Doctoral Degree Neurobiology and Neurosciences. 12
Bachelor's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 71 $25,000 $207 $39,814 ($3,318) $49,180 ($4,098)
Master's Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 10
Doctoral Degree Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences. 11
Bachelor's Degree Physics. 50 $20,635 $205 $32,189 ($2,682) $50,697 ($4,225)
Master's Degree Physics. 23
Doctoral Degree Physics. 21
Bachelor's Degree Psychology, General. 478 $20,500 $199 $32,650 ($2,721) $51,637 ($4,303)
Master's Degree Psychology, General. 11
Doctoral Degree Psychology, General. 10
Master's Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 5
Doctoral Degree Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology. 1
Bachelor's Degree Anthropology. 94 $20,000 $197 $24,668 ($2,056) $36,224 ($3,019)
Master's Degree Anthropology. 5
Doctoral Degree Anthropology. 9
Bachelor's Degree Economics. 285 $17,119 $166 $45,930 ($3,828) $65,987 ($5,499)
Master's Degree Economics. 11
Doctoral Degree Economics. 12
Bachelor's Degree Geography and Cartography. 51 $21,802 $175 $37,938 ($3,162) $54,616 ($4,551)
Master's Degree Geography and Cartography. 8
Doctoral Degree Geography and Cartography. 12
Doctoral Degree Music. 18 $379 $43,876 ($3,656) $52,341 ($4,362)
Bachelor's Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 71 $19,000 $162 $24,248 ($2,021) $49,930 ($4,161)
Doctoral Degree Communication Disorders Sciences and Services. 2 $94,721 ($7,893)
Bachelor's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 993 $21,500 $217 $50,861 ($4,238) $74,824 ($6,235)
Master's Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 206 $466 $91,386 ($7,616) $103,505 ($8,625)
Doctoral Degree Business Administration, Management and Operations. 3
Master's Degree Accounting and Related Services. 66 $87,283 ($7,274)
Master's Degree Finance and Financial Management Services. 17
Master's Degree Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods. 67 $379 $81,024 ($6,752)
Master's Degree Real Estate. 8
Master's Degree Taxation. 19
Bachelor's Degree History. 83 $17,905 $162 $21,656 ($1,805) $39,591 ($3,299)
Master's Degree History. 4
Doctoral Degree History. 5


Campus Resources

Average faculty salary: $108,396
Full time faculty: 75%

Undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio: 18.0

School's endowment start of year: $229,483,318 (2018)
School's endowment end of year: $259,828,329 (2018)