University of Colorado Boulder

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$11,004
1.83% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$21,836
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.12%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
80.7%
53,781 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
39,585
79.9% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
74.7%
4,759 Graduates

About

University of Colorado Boulder is a higher education institution located in Boulder County, CO. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at University of Colorado Boulder were General Business Administration & Management (1,087 degrees awarded), General Psychology (567 degrees), and Computer Science (473 degrees).

In 2022, 9,646 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Colorado Boulder. 47.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 52.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (6,493 degrees), 5.82 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1,116 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $11,004, which is $−19,146 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $11,004, which is $−19,146 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,836.

In 2022, 56% of undergraduate students attending University of Colorado Boulder received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 23% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$11,004
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder was $11,004. The cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $−19,146 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($30,150).

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Average Net Price

$21,836
2022 Value
3.09%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 University of Colorado Boulder had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,836. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of University of Colorado Boulder grew by 3.09%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,363
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Colorado Boulder was of $14,363 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.61% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

56%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
23%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

56% of undergraduate students at University of Colorado Boulder received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 1.82% with respect to 2021, when 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.12%
2019 Default Rate
47
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at University of Colorado Boulder was 1.12%, which represents 47 out of the 4178 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

University of Colorado Boulder received 53,781 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 1.78% annual growth. Out of those 53,781 applicants, 43,416 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 80.7% acceptance rate.

There were 39,585 students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder in 2022. 31% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Colorado Boulder has an overall enrollment yield of 16.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

80.7%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
43,416
Accepted Out of 53,781

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Colorado Boulder was 80.7% (43,416 admissions from 53,781 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 79.6%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 1.78%, while admissions declined by −0.367%..

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SAT Scores

31%
Submission Percentage (2022)
2,234
Scores Submitted (2022)

31% of enrolled first-time students at University of Colorado Boulder in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Colorado Boulder had a total enrollment of 39,585 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder is 31,637 students and the part-time enrollment is 7,948. This means that 79.9% of students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at University of Colorado Boulder, both undergraduate and graduate, is 64.6% White, 12.2% Hispanic or Latino, 6.26% Asian, 5.92% Two or More Races, 1.77% Black or African American, 0.227% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0884% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (36.6%), followed by White Female (31.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.54%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (29.2%), followed by White Female (26%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (5.05%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

79.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 39,585 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder is 31,637 and the part-time enrollment is 7,948. This means that 79.9% of students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder are enrolled full-time compared with 77.4% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

88%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at University of Colorado Boulder was 88%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (84%), University of Colorado Boulder had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    25,589 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4,849 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    2,478 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at University of Colorado Boulder is 64.6% White, 12.2% Hispanic or Latino, 6.26% Asian, 5.92% Two or More Races, 1.77% Black or African American, 0.227% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0884% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Doctoral Universities is 47.5% White, 15.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.58% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 420 students (1.06%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 496 fewer women than men received degrees from University of Colorado Boulder. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at University of Colorado Boulder is white (6,493 degrees awarded). There were 5.82 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1116 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Colorado Boulder is General Business Administration & Management (1,087 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (567 degrees) and Computer Science (473 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at University of Colorado Boulder, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Engineering (1,555 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (356 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (179 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Software developers (541,600 people), Physicians (493,224 people), Other managers (480,129 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (376,868 people), and Postsecondary teachers (327,269 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder in 2022 are Engineering (1,555 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (356 degrees), Language & Linguistics (179 degrees), Biology (953 degrees), and Math & Statistics (244 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Engineering (1,555 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (356 degrees), Language & Linguistics (179 degrees), Biology (953 degrees), and Math & Statistics (244 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (641,475 people), Computer Systems Design (609,232 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (601,573 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (491,492 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (427,147 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Engineering (1,555 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (356 degrees), Language & Linguistics (179 degrees), Biology (953 degrees), and Math & Statistics (244 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by University of Colorado Boulder.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 1,087 degrees awarded
  2. 567 degrees awarded
  3. 473 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Colorado Boulder was General Business Administration & Management with 1,087 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

5,071
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
4,575
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 5,071 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder, which is 1.11 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,575).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 798 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.76 times more than the 453 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 455 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder in General Psychology, which is 3.37 times more than the 135 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

50%
100% Completion Time
72%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 50% of students graduating from University of Colorado Boulder completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 72% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 74% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (86%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at University of Colorado Boulder is Female and Asian (86% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 2.1% of graduates (100 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    6,493 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,116 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    582 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Colorado Boulder is white (6,493 degrees awarded). There were 5.82 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1116 degrees).

0.912% of degree recipients (88 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    3,367 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    3,126 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    564 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at University of Colorado Boulder is white male (3,367 degrees awarded). There were 1.08 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (3126 degrees).

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Operations

University of Colorado Boulder employs 492 Professors, 478 Instructors and 361 Associate professors. Most academics at University of Colorado Boulder are Male Professor (353), Female Instructor (241), and Male Instructor (237).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1,333 employees, Management, with 1,018 employees, and Research with 905 employees.

Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $520M - Federal
  2. $77.5M - State
  3. $1.85M - Local

As of 2022, University of Colorado Boulder received $520M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $77.5M from state grants and contracts, and $1.85M from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$832M
2022 Salaries
8.23%
growth from 2021

In 2022, University of Colorado Boulder paid a median of $832M in salaries, a 8.23% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 246M (41.5% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$186M
Instructional Salaries
1,641
Number of Employees

In 2022, University of Colorado Boulder paid a total of $186M to 1,641 employees working as instructors, which represents 22.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $73.7M (30%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
492 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1,333 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder were Professor with 492 employees, Instructor with 478 employees, and Associate professor with 361 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,333 employees, Management with 1,018 employees, and Research with 905 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Instructor
  3. Male Instructor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder was Male Professor with 353 employees, Female Instructor with 241 employees, and Male Instructor with 237 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at University of Colorado Boulder.

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