University of Colorado Boulder

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$9,768

4.9% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$22,727

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

3.19%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

76.6%

34,047 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

33,977

83.5% 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 (772 degrees awarded), General Psychology (491 degrees), and General Physiology (341 degrees).

In 2016, 7,761 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at University of Colorado Boulder. 46.5% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 53.5% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (5,682 degrees), 8.6 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (661 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $9,768, which is $-16,088 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $9,768, which is $-16,088 less than the national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,727.

In 2016, 46% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 30% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$9,768

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder was $9,768. The cost of tuition at University of Colorado Boulder is $-16,088 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Doctoral Universities ($25,856).

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Average Net Price

$22,727

2016 Value

6.96%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 University of Colorado Boulder had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,727. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of University of Colorado Boulder grew by 6.96%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,181

Room and Board

$1,800

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at University of Colorado Boulder was of $12,181 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,800. The cost of room and board increased by 11.3% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

46%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

30%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

46% of undergraduate students at University of Colorado Boulder received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 6.98% with respect to 2015, when 43% 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.

3.19%

2015 Default Rate

144

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at University of Colorado Boulder was 3.19%, which represents 144 out of the 4515 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 34,047 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 8.69% annual growth. Out of those 34,047 applicants, 26,087 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 76.6% acceptance rate.

There were 33,977 students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder in 2016, and 33% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

University of Colorado Boulder has an overall enrollment yield of 24.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

76.6%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

26,087

Accepted Out of 34,047

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of University of Colorado Boulder was 76.6% (26,087 admissions from 34,047 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 79.6%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 8.69%, while admissions grew by 4.59%.

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SAT Scores

33%

Submission Percentage

2,118

Scores Submitted

33% of enrolled first-time students at University of Colorado Boulder in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

University of Colorado Boulder has a total enrollment of 33,977 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder is 28,386 students and the part-time enrollment is 5,591. 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 67.2% White, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, 5.13% Asian, 4.48% Two or More Races, 1.56% Black or African American, 0.259% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0677% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Male (37.5%), followed by White Female (30.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.99%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (32.5%), followed by White Female (28.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.29%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.5%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder, both undergraduate and graduate, is 33,977 students. The full-time enrollment at University of Colorado Boulder is 28,386 and the part-time enrollment is 5,591. This means that 83.5% of students enrolled at University of Colorado Boulder are enrolled full-time compared with 78.1% at similar Doctoral Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

86%

2016 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 86%. 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

    22,847

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3,511

  3. Asian

    1,743

The enrolled student population at University of Colorado Boulder is 67.2% White, 10.3% Hispanic or Latino, 5.13% Asian, 4.48% Two or More Races, 1.56% Black or African American, 0.259% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0677% 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 51.9% White, 12.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 9.36% 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, 572 students (1.68%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 541 fewer women than men received degrees from University of Colorado Boulder. The majority of degree recipients at University of Colorado Boulder are white (5,682 degrees awarded). There were 8.6 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (661 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at University of Colorado Boulder is General Business Administration & Management (772 degrees awarded), followed by General Psychology (491 degrees) and General Physiology (341 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 (190 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (240 degrees), and Engineering (1,199 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 Miscellaneous managers (525,656 people), Physicians & surgeons (425,473 people), Software developers, applications & systems software (362,837 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (306,123 people), and Civil engineers (236,220 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Natural Resources & Conservation (190 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (240 degrees), Engineering (1,199 degrees), Biology (906 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (104 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 Economists, Physicians & surgeons, Real estate brokers & sales agents, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, and Credit counselors & loan officers

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Natural Resources & Conservation (190 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (240 degrees), Engineering (1,199 degrees), Biology (906 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (104 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 (556,910 people), Hospitals (533,549 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (429,352 people), Computer Systems Design (421,894 people), and Construction (297,430 people).

The most specialized majors at University of Colorado Boulder are Natural Resources & Conservation (190 degrees awarded), Language & Linguistics (240 degrees), Engineering (1,199 degrees), Biology (906 degrees), and Architecture and Related Services (104 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. 772 degrees awarded

  2. 491 degrees awarded

  3. 341 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at University of Colorado Boulder was General Business Administration & Management with 772 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 4,151

  2. 3,610

In 2016, 4,151 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder, which is 1.15 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,610).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 556 degrees were awarded to men at University of Colorado Boulder in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.67 times more than the 332 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 375 degrees were awarded to women at University of Colorado Boulder in General Psychology, which is 2.72 times more than the 138 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

46%

100% Completion Time

70%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 46% 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, 70% 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 (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

    5,682 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    661 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    396 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at University of Colorado Boulder is white (5,682 degrees awarded). There were 8.6 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (661 degrees).

2.23% of degree recipients (173 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Male

    3,047 degrees awarded

  2. White Female

    2,635 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    353 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at University of Colorado Boulder is white male (3,047 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (2,635 degrees).

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Operations

University of Colorado Boulder has an endowment valued at nearly $N/A, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $4.18M (N/A%), compared to the 1.54% average return ($4.18M on $271M) across all Doctoral Universities.

In 2015, University of Colorado Boulder had a total expenditure of $1.28B. Of that $1.28B, they spent $586M on salaries and $1.28B on benefits.

University of Colorado Boulder employs 473 Professors, 371 Associate professors, and 368 Instructors. Most academics at University of Colorado Boulder are Male Professors (359), Male Associate professors(217), and Male Instructors (190).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder are: Computer, Engineering, and Science, with 1155 employees, Management, with 864 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 863 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$N/A

2015 Endowment

0%

growth from 2014

University of Colorado Boulder has an endowment valued at about $N/A, as of the end of the 2015 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. $358M - Federal

  2. $40.7M - State

  3. $1.85M - Local

As of 2015, University of Colorado Boulder received $358M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $40.7M from state grants and contracts, and $1.85M 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.

$586M

Salary Expenditure

$1.28B

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, University of Colorado Boulder had a total expenditure of $1.28B. Of that $1.28B, they spent $586M on salaries and $1.28B 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

$586M

2015 Salaries

3.6%

growth from 2014

In 2015, University of Colorado Boulder paid a median of $586M in salaries, which represents 45.7% of their overall expenditure ($1.28B) and a 3.6% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 5.33% growth from 2013 and a 4.09% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Doctoral Universities is 206M (43.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$140M

Instructional Salaries

1,457

Number of Employees

In 2015, University of Colorado Boulder paid a total of $140M to 1,457 employees working as instructors, which represents 23.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $62.1M (30.2%) for similar Doctoral Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

473 Employees

Computer, Engineering, and Science

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

1155 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder were Professor with 473 employees; Associate professor with 371 employees; and Associate professor with 368 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder were Computer, Engineering, and Science with 1,155 employees; Management with 864 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 863 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 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at University of Colorado Boulder was Male Professor with 359 employees, Male Associate professor with 217 employees, and Male Instructor with 190 employees.

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

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