University of Colorado Boulder

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$10,728
4.68% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$22,077
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
3.08%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
78.4%
40,677 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
37,883
83.5% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
70.8%
3,833 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 (993 degrees awarded), General Psychology (478 degrees), and Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication (389 degrees).

In 2019, 8,931 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Colorado Boulder. 46.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (6,018 degrees), 7.11 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (846 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $10,728, which is $−17,772 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $10,728, which is $−17,772 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,077.

In 2019, 48% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 27% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$10,728
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder was $10,728. The cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $−17,772 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($28,500).

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Average Net Price

$22,077
2019 Value
2.85%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 University of Colorado Boulder had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,077. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of University of Colorado Boulder grew by 2.85%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,520
Room and Board
$1,800
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Colorado Boulder was of $13,520 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,800. The cost of room and board increased by 2.32% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

48%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
27%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

48% of undergraduate students at University of Colorado Boulder received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 2.13% with respect to 2018, when 47% 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.
3.08%
2017 Default Rate
125
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at University of Colorado Boulder was 3.08%, which represents 125 out of the 4064 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 40,677 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 11.1% annual growth. Out of those 40,677 applicants, 31,872 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 78.4% acceptance rate.

There were 37,883 students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder in 2019, and 72% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Colorado Boulder has an overall enrollment yield of 22.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

78.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
31,872
Accepted Out of 40,677

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Colorado Boulder was 78.4% (31,872 admissions from 40,677 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 81.5%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 11.1%, while admissions grew by 6.78%.

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SAT Scores

72%
Submission Percentage
5,148
Scores Submitted

72% of enrolled first-time students at University of Colorado Boulder in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Colorado Boulder has a total enrollment of 37,883 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder is 31,635 students and the part-time enrollment is 6,248. This means that 83.5% 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% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 5.55% Two or More Races, 5.5% Asian, 1.56% Black or African American, 0.206% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0898% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (35.9%), followed by White Female (31.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (6.59%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (32.5%), followed by White Female (30.7%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.57%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder, both undergraduate and graduate, is 37,883 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder is 31,635 and the part-time enrollment is 6,248. This means that 83.5% of students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder are enrolled full-time compared with 77.6% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2019 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
    24,989
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4,555
  3. Two or More Races
    2,103

The enrolled student population at University of Colorado Boulder is 66% White, 12% Hispanic or Latino, 5.55% Two or More Races, 5.5% Asian, 1.56% Black or African American, 0.206% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0898% 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 50.3% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.48% 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, 397 students (1.05%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 609 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 (6,018 degrees awarded). There were 7.11 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (846 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Colorado Boulder is General Business Administration & Management (993 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (478 degrees) and Public Relations, Advertising, & Applied Communication (389 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 Natural Resources & Conservation (251 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (140 degrees), and Engineering (1,469 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 Software developers (451,061 people), Other managers (371,327 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (349,920 people), Civil engineers (278,019 people), and Mechanical engineers (205,620 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Natural Resources & Conservation (251 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (140 degrees), Engineering (1,469 degrees), Physical Sciences (351 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (213 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, Dentists, and Cardiovascular technologists and technicians

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Natural Resources & Conservation (251 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (140 degrees), Engineering (1,469 degrees), Physical Sciences (351 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (213 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 Architectural, engineering & related services (585,873 people), Computer Systems Design (470,456 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (355,908 people), Construction (328,845 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (216,872 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Natural Resources & Conservation (251 degrees awarded), Architecture and Related Services (140 degrees), Engineering (1,469 degrees), Physical Sciences (351 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (213 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. 993 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 478 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 389 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Colorado Boulder was General Business Administration & Management with 993 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

4,770
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
4,161
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 4,770 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder, which is 1.15 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,161).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 736 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.71 times more than the 431 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 431 degrees were awarded to women at University of Colorado Boulder in General Business Administration & Management, which is 0.586 times less than the 736 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

45%
100% Completion Time
69%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 45% 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, 69% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 71% 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 (79.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at University of Colorado Boulder is Female and Asian (79.3% graduation rate). Across all Doctoral Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.444% of graduates (17 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    6,018 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    846 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    482 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Colorado Boulder is white (6,018 degrees awarded). There were 7.11 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (846 degrees).

1.74% of degree recipients (155 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    3,148 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    2,870 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    437 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Colorado Boulder is white male (3,148 degrees awarded). There were 1.1 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (2,870 degrees).

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Operations

University of Colorado Boulder has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.45M (NaNM%), compared to the 4.24% average return ($13.2M on $311M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2019, University of Colorado Boulder had a total salary expenditure of $1.7B. University of Colorado Boulder employs 514 Professors, 458 Instructors, and 378 Associate professors. Most academics at University of Colorado Boulder are Male Professors (377), Female Instructors(232), and Male Instructors (226).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1274 employees, Research, with 877 employees, and Management with 874 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A
2019 Endowment
0%
growth from 2018

University of Colorado Boulder has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of University of Colorado Boulder stayed 0% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $NaNB 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. $423M - Federal
  2. $58.1M - State
  3. $2.49M - Local

As of 2019, University of Colorado Boulder received $423M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $58.1M from state grants and contracts, and $2.49M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$743M
2019 Salaries
6.54%
growth from 2018

In 2019, University of Colorado Boulder paid a median of $743M in salaries, which represents 43.7% of their overall expenditure ($1.7B) and a 6.54% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 7.72% growth from 2017 and a 8.01% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 234M (42.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$179M
Instructional Salaries
1,670
Number of Employees

In 2019, University of Colorado Boulder paid a total of $179M to 1,670 employees working as instructors, which represents 24.1% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $71.1M (30.3%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
514 Employees
Computer, Engineering, and Science
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
1274 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder were Professor with 514 employees; Instructor with 458 employees; and Instructor with 378 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,274 employees; Research with 877 employees; and Management with 874 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female Instructor
  3. Male Instructor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder was Male Professor with 377 employees, Female Instructor with 232 employees, and Male Instructor with 226 employees.

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

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