University of Colorado Boulder

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$10,248

4.91% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$20,323

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

3.29%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

79.8%

36,148 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

35,338

83.9% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

69.9%

3,592 Graduates

About

University of Colorado Boulder is a higher education institution located in Boulder County, CO. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at University of Colorado Boulder were General Business Administration & Management (805 degrees awarded), General Psychology (427 degrees), and General Physiology (331 degrees).

In 2017, 7,973 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Colorado Boulder. 46.8% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53.2% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (5,698 degrees), 8.32 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (685 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $10,248, which is $-16,252 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $10,248, which is $-16,252 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $20,323.

In 2017, 47% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 28% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,248

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder was $10,248. The cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $-16,252 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($26,500).

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Average Net Price

$20,323

2017 Value

10.6%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 University of Colorado Boulder had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $20,323. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of University of Colorado Boulder grew by 10.6%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,689

Room and Board

$1,800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Colorado Boulder was of $12,689 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,800. The cost of room and board increased by 4.17% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

47%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

28%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

47% of undergraduate students at University of Colorado Boulder received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 2.17% with respect to 2016, when 46% 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.

3.29%

2016 Default Rate

143

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at University of Colorado Boulder was 3.29%, which represents 143 out of the 4351 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 36,148 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 6.17% annual growth. Out of those 36,148 applicants, 28,861 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 79.8% acceptance rate.

There were 35,338 students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder in 2017, and 29% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Colorado Boulder has an overall enrollment yield of 22.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

79.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

28,861

Accepted Out of 36,148

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Colorado Boulder was 79.8% (28,861 admissions from 36,148 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 76.6%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 6.17%, while admissions grew by 10.6%.

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SAT Scores

29%

Submission Percentage

1,878

Scores Submitted

29% of enrolled first-time students at University of Colorado Boulder in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Colorado Boulder has a total enrollment of 35,338 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder is 29,656 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,682. This means that 83.9% 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 66.3% White, 11% Hispanic or Latino, 5.25% Asian, 4.85% Two or More Races, 1.6% Black or African American, 0.246% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0623% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (37%), followed by White Female (30.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (32.1%), followed by White Female (28.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.11%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder, both undergraduate and graduate, is 35,338 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder is 29,656 and the part-time enrollment is 5,682. This means that 83.9% of students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder are enrolled full-time compared with 78% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%

2017 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 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Doctoral Universities (83%), 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

  1. White

    23,412

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3,880

  3. Asian

    1,854

The enrolled student population at University of Colorado Boulder is 66.3% White, 11% Hispanic or Latino, 5.25% Asian, 4.85% Two or More Races, 1.6% Black or African American, 0.246% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0623% 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 51.5% White, 13.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.57% 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, 552 students (1.56%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 509 fewer women than men received degrees from University of Colorado Boulder. The majority of degree recipients at University of Colorado Boulder are white (5,698 degrees awarded). There were 8.32 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (685 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Colorado Boulder is General Business Administration & Management (805 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (427 degrees) and General Physiology (331 degrees).

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 (1,360 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (180 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (220 degrees).

Workforce

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 Physicians (480,586 people), Other managers (457,965 people), Software developers (390,069 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (326,237 people), and Postsecondary teachers (283,873 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Engineering (1,360 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (180 degrees), Language & Linguistics (220 degrees), Biology (926 degrees), and Physical Sciences (309 degrees).

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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 Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Derrick, rotary drill, & service unit operators, & roustabouts, oil, gas, & mining, and Other financial specialists

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Engineering (1,360 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (180 degrees), Language & Linguistics (220 degrees), Biology (926 degrees), and Physical Sciences (309 degrees).

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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 General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (577,264 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (576,517 people), Computer Systems Design (479,940 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (456,626 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (339,414 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Engineering (1,360 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (180 degrees), Language & Linguistics (220 degrees), Biology (926 degrees), and Physical Sciences (309 degrees).

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Degrees

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

  1. 805 degrees awarded

  2. 427 degrees awarded

  3. 331 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Colorado Boulder was General Business Administration & Management with 805 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,241

  2. 3,732

In 2017, 4,241 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder, which is 1.14 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,732).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 588 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.67 times more than the 353 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 353 degrees were awarded to women at University of Colorado Boulder in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.6 times less than the 588 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

47%

100% Completion Time

71%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 47% 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, 71% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Asian Female

Highest Graduation Rate (81.1%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Colorado Boulder is Female and Asian (81.1% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 1.2% of graduates (43 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    5,698 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    685 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    363 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Colorado Boulder is white (5,698 degrees awarded). There were 8.32 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (685 degrees).

2.13% of degree recipients (170 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    2,988 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    2,710 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    371 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Colorado Boulder is white male (2,988 degrees awarded). There were 1.1 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (2,710 degrees).

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Operations

University of Colorado Boulder has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $2.51M (N/A%), compared to the 5.91% average return ($16.9M on $287M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2017, University of Colorado Boulder had a total expenditure of $1.53B. Of that $1.53B, they spent $648M on salaries and $1.53B on benefits.

University of Colorado Boulder employs 491 Professors, 408 Instructors, and 387 Associate professors. Most academics at University of Colorado Boulder are Male Professors (368), Male Associate professors(223), and Male Instructors (204).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1237 employees, Management, with 922 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 821 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2017 Endowment

0%

growth from 2016

University of Colorado Boulder has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Colorado Boulder stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $N/A approximately the same as than the median endowment of Doctoral Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $375M - Federal

  2. $49M - State

  3. $1.62M - Local

As of 2017, University of Colorado Boulder received $375M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $49M from state grants and contracts, and $1.62M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$648M

Salary Expenditure

$1.53B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2017, University of Colorado Boulder had a total expenditure of $1.53B. Of that $1.53B, they spent $648M on salaries and $1.53B on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at University of Colorado Boulder as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$648M

2017 Salaries

8.01%

growth from 2016

In 2017, University of Colorado Boulder paid a median of $648M in salaries, which represents 42.2% of their overall expenditure ($1.53B) and a 8.01% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.34% growth from 2015 and a 3.6% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 215M (42.7% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$162M

Instructional Salaries

1,588

Number of Employees

In 2017, University of Colorado Boulder paid a total of $162M to 1,588 employees working as instructors, which represents 25% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $146M (22.5%) for similar Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

491 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1237 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder were Professor with 491 employees; Instructor with 408 employees; and Instructor with 387 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,237 employees; Management with 922 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 821 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Male Instructor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder was Male Professor with 368 employees, Male Associate professor with 223 employees, and Male Instructor with 204 employees.

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

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